What is Cyber Security?

Protecting your cyber assets and critical data

Cyber security has never been simple. And because attacks evolve every day as attackers become more inventive, it is critical to properly define cyber security and identify what constitutes good cyber security.

Why is this so important? Because year over year, the worldwide spend for cyber security continues to grow: 71.1 billion in 2014 (7.9% over 2013), and 75 billion in 2015 (4.7% from 2014) and expected to reach 101 billion by 2018. Organizations are starting to understand that malware is a publically available commodity that makes it easy for anyone to become a cyber attacker, and even more companies offer security solutions that do little to defend against attacks. Cyber security demands focus and dedication.

Cyber security protects the data and integrity of computing assets belonging to or connecting to an organization’s network. Its purpose is to defend those assets against all threat actors throughout the entire life cycle of a cyber attack.

Kill chains, zero-day attacks, ransomware, alert fatigue and budgetary constraints are just a few of the challenges that cyber security professionals face. Cyber security experts need a stronger understanding of these topics and many others, to be able to confront those challenges more effectively.

The following articles each cover a specific cyber security topic to provide insights into the modern security environment, the cyber threat landscape and attacker mentality, including how attackers work, what tools they use, what vulnerabilities they target and what they’re really after.

Best Defense Against Spear Phishing Attacks

Understand why spear phishing is so dangerous, and what you can do about it.

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Target Cyber Criminals First

Learn what cyber criminals are after to get ahead of advanced attacks and malware.

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Anatomy of Advanced Persistent Threats

Understand the steps of a cyber attack and discover what happens at each stage.

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Cost of a Data Breach

Learn why it's important to care now rather than pay later when it comes to advanced cyber security measures.

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Compromises to Your Network

Find out how attackers get into your network and what happens once they're in.

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Cyber Security ROI for CEOs

Debunk common cyber security myths and get a 10-fold return on your security investments.

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What is a Zero-Day Exploit

Discover what zero-day exploits are and the potential problems they can cause if left undetected.

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Ransomware: the Tool of Choice for Cyber Extortion

Get insights into the dangers of ransomware and how to combat it.

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