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 publicly 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.

Advanced Detection and Prevention

A well-designed security architecture must detect the most sophisticated attacks while ignoring the distractions.

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Best Defense Against Spear Phishing

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

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Target Cyber Criminals to Stop Cyber Crime

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

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How Cyber Attacks Compromise Your Network

Attackers know exactly what they want and how traditional network security fails.

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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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Cyber Security ROI for CEOs

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

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Cost and Value of Cyber Security

Truth is, good enough security is just not good enough. Detection rates are only one piece of the puzzle.

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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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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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Ransomware: the Tool of Choice for Cyber Extortion

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

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