Types of Cybersecurity
Cybersecurity, computer security, or information security is simply the protection of networks and computer systems against malicious intrusions, intentional theft of or destruction of their hardware, programs, or personal information, and from the intentional disruption or misuse of their services. The most prevalent form of cyber-security is computer networking security. Computer networking security involves the practices of preventing hackers and other individuals with malicious intent from getting into your network and stealing your personal information or programs. Networking security can also include the prevention of a variety of physical intrusion, including things like viruses, intrusion attempts, tampering, spoofing, and even deliberate attacks on your computer by an employee, hacker, or spy. There are many more forms of network security that also help to protect against hackers and other potential threats, but these three forms are the most common. These are also the top three threats to computer security today.
When it comes to the unauthorized access of a system by a non-authorized person or device, the most common type of Cybersecurity occurs through the installation of antivirus software on your computer or on your network (if you have one at all). Because the Internet has increased in popularity over the past decade, there have been increasing instances of Cybersecurity incidents occurring both on and off-site. One of the most common methods for gaining unauthorized access is through the use of mobile devices. Because most people carry their personal information, work files, bank accounts, and more on hand through their cellular devices – even if they think they are protected – a dedicated device containing a piece of software designed to detect, prevent, and remove such data breaches can be quite effective in deterring and stopping the unauthorized access.
The third most common form of Cybersecurity involves issues with phishing. Phishing occurs when a cyberattacker sends fraudulent emails, spam, and other types of fake documents that appear to be from legitimate companies or sources. These fake emails often contain links that will lead the recipient to false or fraudulent websites offering products or services. A number of different companies have developed technologies designed to thwart phishing attacks, including Verizon Business Solutions which has recently developed a program called FIOS Protection aimed at preventing phishing attacks on company and customer information. The Department of Defense and the United States Military are also taking measures to stop cyberattacks on their systems.