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Data Security versus System Security- Do you know the difference?

Posted on Jan 13, 2022

Data Security versus System Security- Do you know the difference?

If you don’t have appropriate security systems in place, just a single employee can unwittingly undermine your best efforts in cybersecurity.

A comprehensive security system is vital to derail a potential attack vector, the path of a cyberattack. Good security control starts with understanding data security versus system security and how both help address security threats.

What Is Data Security?

Cybersecurity involves data protection, such as data privacy, integrity, and access control, according to the International Organization for Standardization (ISO).

Examples of Data Security

The international standard for information security, ISO 27001, lists fourteen domains to consider in the protection of sensitive information, such as financial data, intellectual property, or employee details. Some examples of data security include the following:

  • Two-factor authentication
  • Strong passwords
  • Data encryption
  • Biometric verification, such as fingerprint authentication

Core Elements of Data Security

You can think about data protection using the CIA triad. The letter C stands for confidentiality, meaning only authorized people can access sensitive data. The I stands for integrity, data consistency and accuracy. The A, for availability, refers to how easily authorized parties can access confidential data.

What Is System Security?

A system security plan includes network security with an eye toward cloud computing.

Common Types of System Security

A common device of system security is a firewall, which monitors network access and should thwart a potential network attack.

On a more complex level, public key encryption encodes two distinct digital keys that work together to prevent unauthorized access to information. Network users must have both keys to access information. 

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Tech Buying in COVID: Hurry up and Wait

Posted on Nov 11, 2021

Tech Buying in COVID: Hurry up and Wait

I admit it- I am spoiled by Amazon. While I purchase locally when I can (Instacart, Grubhub, Doordash, Shipt, and such when I cannot go out in person) I also appreciate being able to procure a hard-to-find item and have it delivered in sometimes only a few hours. 

Other industries that compete with Amazon have worked hard in recent years to catch up with the fleet-footed fleet of smiling vans. All companies on the fulfillment- side of the tech supply chain are suffering since the advent of COVID-19, and so are the hope and dreams of all would-be technology buyers. Since the shutdowns of 2020, our clients have seen radical changes to how quickly machines arrive at their offices: what may have taken at most a week to fulfill now can take multiple months to deliver. Ouch.  

Large scale organizations with immense buying power are even having trouble obtaining the technology items they need- the bottleneck at manufacturers has yet to move. What is the strategy for small and midsized businesses to procure laptops, docking stations, monitors, and, well, anything with a chip so they can keep working? We have a few thoughts. 

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Where Do I Begin After a Disaster?

Posted on Jul 9, 2019

Where Do I Begin After a Disaster?

There are many scenarios that menace business executives in the restless pre-sleep: security breaches, wondering if their company’s credentials are for sale on the dark web, worrying over the impact of impending volatile weather, concerns over a dissatisfied or malicious employee, anxiety over old or failing equipment and the budget to replace them, the loss of a key employee.

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