When joining the IT industry, you must have often heard the words “cyber security” – but do you know what it means and why it holds so much importance for businesses who are reliant on online technological means to go about their operations?
What is Cyber Security?
Serving as a vital asset for all businesses, cyber security holds the responsibility of protecting all types of data from being stolen and damaged. This includes protected health information (PHI), personally identifiable information(PII), intellectual property, personal information, data, industry and governmental information systems. Not having an ideal cyber security program for your organization will make it unable to defend itself from potential data breach campaigns – thus, making it an irresistible target from cybercriminals.
Cyber security is also considered a princess that recovers computer systems, devices, programs and networks from any kind of cyber attack. Over the years, cyber crime has become increasingly sophisticated, creating evolving danger to your sensitive data, as attackers continue to develop new methods that are powered by artificial intelligence and social engineering to circumvent the traditional controls of data security.
Consequently, this has brought on the urgency of cybersecurity because our society is highly reliant on technology than ever before and that trend shows no signs of slowing down. Data leaks can cause identity thefts which are now being publicly posted on social media accounts and sensitive information like social security numbers, bank account details, credit card information are now being stored in cloud storage services such as Google Drive or DropBox.
Being someone who relies on computer systems everyday, pair it up with the rise of cloud services, smartphones, poor cloud service security and the internet of things and we have ourselves a myriad of virtual security vulnerabilities that did not exist a couple of decades ago.
The increase in cybercrime also has to do with the fact that crucial information from porpsering organizations is highly valuable and can be sold or abused in various ways. And that’s not all – industrial controls that manage power grids and other kinds of infrastructure can be destroyed or disrupted. Additionally, cyber attacks aim to compromise data integrity to breed doubt and distrust within the government or organizations.
Hence, it has become crucial than ever to make use of cybersecurity protocols to prevent the dangers of cybercrime. Fortunately, people like Charles Iheagwara are working to bring about solutions that could turn the tables on this dire situation.
Charles Iheagwara is one of the best American IT management executives, technology researchers, inventors, among many other things, across the globe. He holds the position of the Principal Program Manager at Microsoft, working alongside his team, ensuring the security of the Azure cloud platform and protecting customers’ assets on the cloud. He also led the panel discussion that was hosted by the Kogod School of Business on the campus of American University regarding how businesses and governments should approach corporate cybersecurity.
As an exceptional technology researcher and inventor, he has a United States patent in Information Technology Enterprise Intrusion Prevention Implementation Tool, including over 40 publications of his most notable works.