Information security and IT security. Is there any difference?


Although they often merge, information security and IT security are very different concepts. It's important to understand the differences between them, so in today's article we will definitely show you the difference between IT security and information security.

IT Security

IT Security is the set of processes and efforts directed at protecting an organization's technology infrastructure, such as equipment, databases, providers, data centers, systems, etc., and it is part of a company's information security.

Information security

Information Security, on the other hand, is the set of processes and efforts that aim to protect information assets, regardless of how they are formatted, processed and stored. It is not a single technology, but a strategy made up of the processes, tools and policies needed to prevent, detect, document and respond to threats to a company's digital and non-digital information. Usually, it involves physical and digital security measures to protect data from unauthorized access, use, replication, or destruction.

When a company invests in information security, it is stepping up its efforts to maintain the reliability, integrity, and availability of its data, which is processed on systems and equipment on a daily basis.

But what's the difference between information security and IT security?

While IT security is primarily concerned with secure infrastructure, operating systems and applications - Software engineers, for example, turn their efforts to applying proven software design practices, and computer engineers are primarily concerned with the design and fault tolerance of real machines - information security goes one step further by seeking to protect the data itself.

The security of information stored or transmitted in the system, training employees to not put information at risk is under the umbrella of information security while the technical aspects of systems and equipment must be under IT security.

In other words, the two concepts work together, dividing responsibility half by half, although they need to be treated differently. On the one hand, it is very important that every line of code in a system is built safely, but, on the other hand, the threats and vulnerabilities that users face on a daily basis need to be addressed.

Therefore, rather than understanding that there is a big difference between information security and IT security, it is important to know that they should not be treated as synonyms - neither conceptually nor in everyday business.

To make life easier for those who work with these concepts in their companies, we have a module of the Trauma Zer0 suite called Tz0 Security, which allows us to elaborate and guarantee the application and compliance with a complete security policy, composed by rules that will define how , when and what type of resources each employee is authorized to use.

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