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In 2020, the average cost of a data breach was USD 3.86 million globally, and USD 8.64 million in the United States. These costs include the expenses of discovering and responding to the breach, the cost of downtime and lost revenue, and the long-term reputational damage to a business and its brand. Cybercriminals target customers’ personally identifiable information — names, addresses, social security numbers, and credit card information — and sell these records in underground digital marketplaces or use for themselves. Data breaches often leads to a loss of customer trust, the imposition of regulatory fines, and even legal action.

Hardware and software should be treated together, integrated with cybersecurity early and frequently.
Linda Rawson

What is Cybersecurity?

Cybersecurity refers to the practice of protecting computer systems, networks, software, and data from unauthorized access, damage, theft, disruption, or any other cyber threats. It involves implementing measures to ensure the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of information stored in digital form.

Cybersecurity encompasses a wide range of technologies, processes, and practices that work together to safeguard digital systems and data. Here are some key aspects of cybersecurity:

1. Confidentiality: Ensuring that information is accessible only to authorized individuals or entities and remains protected from unauthorized access or disclosure.

2. Integrity: Maintaining the accuracy, consistency, and trustworthiness of data and systems. This includes preventing unauthorized modification, alteration, or destruction of data.

3. Availability: Ensuring that systems and data are accessible and usable when needed, without interruption or downtime caused by cyber attacks or other incidents.

4. Authentication and access control: Verifying the identity of users and granting appropriate access privileges based on their roles and responsibilities. This typically involves using passwords, biometrics, two-factor authentication, and other authentication mechanisms.

5. Network security: Protecting computer networks from unauthorized access and potential threats by implementing firewalls, intrusion detection systems (IDS), and other network security measures.

6. Application security: Ensuring that software applications are developed, deployed, and maintained securely, with robust mechanisms to prevent unauthorized access, code exploitation, and other vulnerabilities.

7. Data protection: Safeguarding sensitive data from unauthorized access, disclosure, or theft through encryption, access controls, secure storage, and proper data handling practices.

8. Incident response and recovery: Establishing processes and procedures to identify, respond to, and mitigate the impact of security incidents. This includes developing incident response plans, conducting forensic investigations, and restoring systems after an attack.

9. Security awareness and training: Educating users about potential risks, safe computing practices, and the importance of cybersecurity to promote a security-conscious culture within organizations and among individuals.

10. Compliance and legal considerations: Adhering to relevant laws, regulations, and industry standards to protect sensitive data, ensure privacy, and avoid legal and financial consequences resulting from data breaches or non-compliance.

Cybersecurity is an ongoing and dynamic field due to the constantly evolving nature of cyber threats. It requires a combination of technical solutions, proactive risk management, and user awareness to effectively protect digital systems and data from cyber attacks.

Abele Technologies offers a full suite of cybersecurity solutions tailored your needs.  Call us today to learn more!