Why is cybersecurity important?
Today, almost everything relies on computers and the Internet. Communications, entertainment, transportation, shopping, medical systems, and government systems all require accurate data that is available when it is needed. Much of this data is sensitive, like personally identifiable information (PII), protected health information (PHI), and financial details.
The effects of cyberattacks are not limited to the theft of information and the destruction of people's lives. Attacks can damage businesses through fines, data loss, system damage, and loss of reputation.
Threats to these systems and data increase every day, as cybercriminals become more sophisticated. The bar to successfully committing cyber theft and getting away with it is pretty low. Hackers can automate their crimes and launch attacks on multiple targets at once. A successful cybersecurity program will have these attackers looking elsewhere because hackers mainly look for easy opportunities.