The arena of information technology has taken up and overwhelmed almost every component of our livelihood. Be it one’s social life or working space or personal life- everything has been taken over and is thus controlled by information technology. This has also made our life a lot easier than it used to be. We do not have to remember numerous phone numbers or bank details anymore and rely on the system.
But with ease comes hand in hand, risk. The risk of our private information being compromised to people or groups with ill intents stays. This is where the role of cyber security comes.
PROS OF CYBER SECURITY
- PROTECTION FROM UNWANTED PROGRAMS
Internet is an open space where all kinds of programs go about, even the ones that are very harmful to our system. Cyber security provides protection against all these programs, viruses, malwares, spywares that can make our gadgets compromise information.
- DENIES UNAUTHORISED ACCESS
No company or individual would want their strategy or exclusive plans to go into the hands of any other individual or organisation who might use this information to their benefit and against the former party. Cybersecurity helps achieve this and denies access to anyone might not be trying to access information through the front door.
- PREVENTS HACKING
Hacking is one of the main vices of internet and information technology combined. Though hacking is both ethically and legally unacceptable, the finest of hackers can break through defences of a system and exploit the weaknesses of the system. Cyber security puts up a strong defence against these hackers and protects the computer.
- MINIMIZED DATA THEFT HAZARD
Cyber security ensures that no unauthorized or malicious user can gain access into the system. It implements such high security protocol that protects the user against any major data theft and makes the experience a lot more relieving.
- REDUCES COMPUTER CRASH
Crashing computer and freezing screen and two of the main hindrances of working with technology. Many a times people working with tight deadlines face these problems that puts their work life at risk. Cyber security helps diminish these problems and lower the hindrance of working with technology.
- INCREASE IN CYBER DEFENCE
Every organisation or company tries their best to maximize the security of their exclusive data. The defence posed by mere anti-virus or such software might be easy to break through. Whereas a full-fledged defence of a cyber security program strengthens the defence and lets the user work from a safe space.
- DETECTION AND DELETION OF HARMFUL PROGRAMS
If the cyber security system finds any malware, spyware or virus in the files that were present even before the installation of the security system, it immediately takes it upon itself to detect them and ultimately delete them to remove any threat to the system.
- DENY ACCESS FROM POSSIBLE THREAT
Cyber security does not allow any access that might pose even the slightest threat to the system. It not just denies access to possible threat and save the hazard, it also notifies the user of the possible threat so that the user can build the defences to be stronger.
- IMPROVES STAKEHOLDER CONFIDENCE
If your company can showcase a greater cyber security and defence against malpractices, it is bound to give your company a boost about fulfilling stake holders’ confidence in your company and hence, make them invest more.
- FASTER RECOVERY
In cases of disruption of the system, implementing a cyber security system ensures a faster recovery and stable continuity of the business operation, which is a saviour as otherwise it would result in total disruption and ultimately cessation of the business operation for the time being.
CONS OF CYBER SECURITY
- DIFFICULT TO SET UP
A cyber security system is difficult to set up for any average user. It requires professional technical knowledge and a professional to implement them and make them work. Thus, random installation of cyber security by regular person is not possible which makes it harder for the system to reach the masses.
- CONSTANT NEED TO UPDATE THE SECURITY
Technology advances every minute and so do security system. The user has to keep in mind to update his security system regularly to keep his device safe. Any missed update can put the whole system at a huge risk and compromise it.
- EXPENSE OF SETTING UP THE WHOLE SYSTEM
Cyber security system might be convenient to set up for the big farms, companies and organisations, but not for individuals who might possess sensitive data that needs to be protected. The hindrance is the huge expense that is associated with it.
- SECURITY PATCHES MAY BACK-FIRE
When your content management system releases a new security update or patch, hackers can compare the patched and un patched files to know the weaknesses that are mended in the patched file. Then they can attack the files that are un patched. Hence, the security patches may backfire on the very system it was meant to secure.
- NEW UPDATE MIGHT NOT SUIT YOUR SYSTEM
When a new update its installed, a lot of the workings do not happen as they were meant to be. Thus, time is required to work around the system and make it function as it was intended to while complying to the security system.
- MAKES THE SYSTEM SLOWER
Better security is synonymous to a greater number of passwords and more and more checking of the files by the security system, all of which takes time and thus slows down both the system and the productivity of the person working.
- INCORRECTLY CONFIGURED SYSTEM BLOCKS FIREWALL
If the firewall is configured incorrectly, it blocks certain services and actions of the user. This stays until the firewall is configured correctly, which requires the intervention of a professional, thus making it hard to work with a person who is not much familiar with technology.
Cyber security might still have a lot of loopholes that is being constantly worked upon, but then it is our best bait at saving our information from hackers and other ill users of technology.