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Difference between Cyber Security and Information Security

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  • Last Updated : 15 Mar, 2019

The terms Cyber Security and Information Security are often used interchangeably.As they both are responsible for security and protecting the computer system from threats and information breaches and often Cybersecurity and information security are so closely linked that they may seem synonymous and unfortunately, they are used synonymously.

If we talk about data security it’s all about securing the data from malicious user and threats. Now another question is that what is the difference between Data and Information? So one important point is that “not every data can be an information” data can be informed if it is interpreted in a context and given meaning. for example “100798” is data and if we know that it’s the date of birth of a person then it is information because it has some information means data which has some meaning.

It is the practice of protecting the data from outside the resource on the internet.It is all about protecting information from unauthorized user, access and data modification or removal in order to provide confidentiality, integrity, and availability.
It is about the ability to protect the use of cyberspace from cyber attacks.It deals with protection of data from any form of threat.
Cybersecurity to protect anything in the cyber realm.Information security is for information irrespective of the realm.
Cybersecurity deals with danger against cyberspace.Information security deals with the protection of data from any form of threat.
Cybersecurity strikes against Cyber crimes, cyber frauds and law enforcement.Information security strives against unauthorised access, disclosure modification and disruption.
On the other hand cyber security professionals with cyber security deals with advanced persistent threat.Information security professionals is the foundation of data security and security professionals associated with it prioritize resources first before dealing with threats.
It deals with threats that may or may not exist in the cyber realm such as a protecting your social media account, personal information, etc.It deals with information Assets and integrity confidentiality and availability.

Diagram are given below to represent the difference between Information Security and Cybersecurity.

In above diagram ICT refers for Information and communications technology (ICT) which is an extensional term for information technology (IT) that define the role of unified communications and the integration of telecommunications (basically digital communication security).

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