IT vs. Information Security

There is a big difference between information technology (IT) and information security but most of the general public has a tough time explaining and even understanding the difference. But it is pretty easy to pick up, lets walk through them together!

 

Information security is a strategy to prevent, detect, document, and counter threats to digital and non-digital information.

The process can use both physical and digital security to protect data from unauthorized access, use, replication or destruction.  Information security management can include everything from mantraps to encryption key management and malware detection.

Information security programs are important for maintaining the confidentiality, integrity and availability of Information Technology systems and business data. Many large enterprises employ a dedicated security group to implement and maintain the organization’s information security program. Typically, the group is led by a chief information security officer (CISO).

Common information security services include, but are not limited to – risk assessments, recovery, vulnerability assessment, and IT audits.

With hackers and cyber-crime forever on the rise, its no longer really ‘optional’ to use specific safety measures to ensure that your data stays safe. Right the way from encrypting files to simple things like passwords, it’s all vital to protecting whats virtually precious. This is why InfoSec has become so important in today’s society for individuals and businesses alike.

 

Information Technology was coined by the Harvard Business Review, to make a clear distinction between machines that perform few functions and more advanced computers that can handle more tasks and processing.

Information Technology uses hardware and software to perform essential functions. Devices like laptops, smartphones or recording equipment, can be included in the IT domain. IT can also refer to the architectures, methodologies and regulations governing the use and storage of data.

Business applications including databases execute programmed instructions to manipulate, consolidate, disperse or affect data for a business purpose.

Computer servers run applications. Servers interact with users and other servers across one or more networks. Storage is any kind of technology that holds information as data. Information can take any form including file data, multimedia, telephony data and web data. Storage includes volatile random access memory (RAM) as well as disk and flash drives.

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