Cyber Security and Information Security
According to definitions, cybersecurity is defined as the security of the systems, architecture of networks, data, and any transaction that goes to and from the internet. This involves each and every minute of the uploads, downloads and even the transfer of files. As a result, cybersecurity was basically invented to make your data and online presence secure and safe. There are many malicious hackers out there that can intrude and tamper with your cyber presence.
Information security is precisely the subset of cybersecurity which focuses on the information and its safety. When it comes to information, it can be structured, semi-structured, raw, processed, defined, and stored over the net. The forms are images, audio, video or texts. Moreover, any information which is crucial for a user or an organization needs to be protected and this is the core concern of information security. It has to do nothing with the network security or the system where it is stored, although it’s relative.
One can choose careers like information security analyst and cybersecurity analyst. The people specialized in either of the fields can work as a penetration tester. It talks about breaching into a system to steal or tamper information just in a way like a black hat hacker. Apart from that one can open their own consultancy and also provide training. Moreover, a cybersecurity analyst earns around 6-8 lakhs INR.
Apart from that, for some specific jobs like Application Security Engineer earns around $100,000 to $210,000 per year, that is, surprisingly, one of the highest-paid jobs in this field.
While working as a professional in any of the two fields, one must know the basic principle of it. Therefore, in the field of security, it is the CIA triangle. The CIA triangle stands for confidentiality, integrity, and availability. Therefore, when we provide security, we must make sure as a professional that the information remains confidential, and its integrity is maintained. Similarly, the data should be available to the user that is authorized.
|Secures Network and architecture?||Yes||No|
|Broadness||Contains Information Security||A subset of Cyber Security|
|Highest Profession||Application Security Engineer||Chief Information Security officer|
|Highest paid salary||$128,000 at the start||$102,000 at the start|
In addition, being either a cybersecurity specialist or an information security specialist is not an easy task. It requires a lot of skill, hard work and a set of examinations that need to be cleared. Here is a set of examinations that offer well-recognized certificates.
- CISSP (Certified Information System Security Professional)
- CEH (Certified Ethical Hacker)
- CCNA (Cisco Certified Network Associate)
- GSCE/GCIH/GCIA is nothing but the certifications from GIAC (Global Information Assurance Certification)
In conclusion, it’s never too late or early to begin a career and this one is indeed best for you!