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Cyber Security Vs Information Security?

Even though the terms “data” and “information” are often treated same, there is a significant difference between Cyber Security Vs Information Security. All the information can be data, but not all data is information. Simply, information is processed data.

Cyber Security:

The process of safe-guarding data that is found in electronic form (such as computers, servers, networks, mobile devices, etc.) from being compromised or attacked is called as Cyber security. It includes, identifying what the critical data is, where it stored, its risk factors, and the technology we have to implement in order to protect it.

Cybersecurity not only safe-guards data, but it also protects the resources and the technologies involved in storing that data. Part of cybersecurity also helps with protecting information and communications technologies, termed as ICT (information and communications technology) security.

Information Security:

Information Security: safe-guarding information and information systems from unauthorized access, use, disclosure, disruption, modification, or destruction in order to provide — confidentiality, integrity, and availability.

  • Integrity, which means providing protection against improper information modification or destruction, and includes ensuring information non-repudiation and authenticity.
  • Confidentiality, which means preserving authorized restrictions on access and disclosure, including means for securing personal privacy and proprietary information; and
  • Availability, which means making sure timely and reliable access to and use of information.

Information Security is a broader field that is concerned with information and the protection of information whether be it physical or electronic form.

 Cyber Security Vs Information Security:

Cyber SecurityInformation Security
It is the process of protecting the data from outside the resource on the internet or web.It is all about safe-guarding information from unauthorized user, access and data modification or removal in order to provide confidentiality, integrity, and availability.
It is about the potential to protect the use of cyberspace from cyber-attacks.It deals with protection of data from any kind of attack.
Cybersecurity to protect anything in the cyberspace.Information security is protection for information irrespective of the realm.
Cybersecurity deals with attacks against cyberspace.Information security deals with the protection of data from any form of attack.
Cybersecurity deals against Cyber-crimes, cyber frauds and law enforcement.Information security strikes against unauthorised access, disclosure modification and disruption.
On the other hand, cyber security professionals with cyber security deals with advanced persistent attacks.
Information security professionals is the foundation of data security and security professionals associated with it prioritize resources first before dealing with attacks.
It deals with attacks that may or may not exist in the cyberspace such as a protecting your social media account, personal information, etc.
It mainly deals with information Assets and integrity confidentiality and availability.

1. Definition

Cybersecurity refers to the process of protecting data, its related technologies, and storage sources from attacks. On the other hand, information security means safe-guarding information against unauthorized access that could result in unwanted data modification or removal.

Basically, cybersecurity is about the cyberspace and data associated with it. Information security, on the contrary, mainly focuses on information. It guarantees confidentiality, integrity, and availability.

2. Domain

Cybersecurity means to protect everything that is present inside cyber realm, such as data, information, or devices and technologies associated with it. Information security, on the other hand, deals with protecting both forms of information — digital and Analog — irrespective of the realm.

Protecting social media profiles and personal information over the cyber realm is associated with cybersecurity. Information security, contrarily, deals only with information assets, availability, and integrity confidentiality.

3. Process

While cybersecurity primarily deals with protecting the use of cyberspace and preventing cyberthreats, information security simply protects information from any form of attack and avert such a threatening situation.

4. Professionals

Professionals deals with information security forms the foundation of data security. These professionals prioritize resources before handling with threats. Cybersecurity professionals deal only with advanced persistent attacks.

5. Protection

Cyber security deals with all dangers lurking in cyberspace. Information security, on the contrary, deals with all forms of threats against information only.

Cyber security deals specifically with cyber crimes, cyber frauds, and law enforcement. Disclosure modification and disruption, and unauthorized access are the two most important issues tackled by information security.

Practically, both cyber security and informational security usually go hand-in-hand to a varying extent due to their similar nature in terms of process, focus and goals. Below Venn-diagram describes it well.

Conclusion

Both cybersecurity and information security are essential aspects of technology flourishing in the 21st century. Hence, any professional looking to make it big in the world of data security should have a great understanding of these two terms.

Security professionals must be one step ahead of the ones exploiting technology with the wrong intent and goals. They are the ones that know how it might happen and so, how it can be avoided, averted, or minimized. With constant development in technology and IT, security professionals need to stay updated on all the latest happenings in technology to be able to handle and, whenever and wherever possible, prevent such scenarios.