The Importance of Cybersecurity

Cybersecurity is the technology that protects networks, computers, information, devices and appliances from hackers or cyberattacks. It helps deter unauthorized access, ensure the confidentiality, integrity and availability of data and systems and prevent unauthorized access to private and public networks.

As cyberattacks become more sophisticated, cybersecurity measures must evolve to stay one step ahead of hackers. Many of these measures involve the use of artificial intelligence (AI). AI can help detect threats faster than traditional security tools, analyze a network’s behavior and suggest countermeasures. It can also perform penetration tests, or hacking simulations, to assess a business’s readiness to face an attack.

A strong cybersecurity system will include backups, encryption software, multi-factor authentication, firewalls and other measures. Encrypting data makes it nearly impossible for a hacker to read because they won’t have the decryption key. Multi-factor authentication adds another step for hackers to go through if they want to get into the system, and biometric scans such as fingerprint or facial recognition hoist the bar even higher.

Human error is a major cause of cyber breaches, and training employees to understand the importance of cybersecurity can reduce these risks. Employees who are comfortable asking questions or seeking guidance from their IT department will be less likely to bypass security protocol out of inexperience or ignorance.

In addition, conducting regular cyber risk assessments will make sure your business’s infrastructure and policies are up to date. For more information about how to improve your cybersecurity or to schedule a cyber risk assessment, contact Trava today. SOC

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