Cyber Security

What is cyber security?

Cyber security is how individuals and organisations reduce the risk of a cyber attack. Like the ‘real’ world we need to protect our valuables from theft, damage or destruction by taking appropriate security measures.

Man looking concerned at his laptop

Cyber security's core function is to protect the devices we all use (smartphones, laptops, tablets and computers), and the services we access - both online and at work - from theft or damage.

It's also about preventing unauthorised access to the vast amounts of personal information we store on these devices, and online.

Why is cyber security important?

Cyber security is important because smartphones, computers and the internet are now such a fundamental part of modern life, that it's difficult to imagine how we'd function without them. From online banking and shopping to email and social media, it's more important than ever to stake steps that can prevent cybercriminals from getting hold of our accounts, data, and devices. 

Woman on sofa using mobile phone and laptop

Cyber security is how individuals and organisations reduce and manage the risk of cyberattacks. Just like the ‘real’ world where we need to protect our valuables from theft, damage or destruction. Cyber security’s core function is to protect the devices we all use (smartphones, laptops, tablets and computers), and the services we access online from theft, damage or destruction.

It's also about preventing unauthorised access to the vast amounts of personal information we store on these devices, and online.

Simply put:

  • Cyber – anything relating to computers and any device that is connected to the internet

  • Security – keeping safe against risks and threats