Category: Whitepapers

security data information

Difference between Information Technology and Information Security

Although cybersecurity, data security, information technology, and system administration fall under the same umbrella, there is a stark contrast between securing data and managing it. The main focus, career experience and skill sets brought by each of these professionals are different yet they still work together to build secure and reliable digital assets. Entrusting IT staff to secure data properly is like asking your CPA to audit their own work. Mistakes can happen and often get overlooked, and it’s unlikely that they will be properly reported. Any errors could cost small businesses millions in legal fees, forensics, brand reputation damage, and customer settlements from a data breach. Before getting into the potential issues from conflating IT and InfoSec, it’s important first to understand the difference between the two professionals and their respective responsibilities. It’s not uncommon for small business owners to think that an IT staff person, good at system administration is also educated and experienced with InfoSec. Many system administrators are unfamiliar with the  cybersecurity landscape, the threats that could turn into serious compromise, and the standards and best practices to protect from these risks, which is why data breaches and cyberattacks continue to plague SMBs and cost them