Difference between Cybersecurity and Information Security


Many of you get confused with terms cybersecurity and Information Security and think that both these words are same and synonymous. However, in reality, both these terms are different and confused with one another.

Cybersecurity is one of the significant business function that focuses on protecting IT infrastructure such as data, applications, communication infrastructure and network. As organizations face constant threats in cyberspace like DDoS, ransomware, malware and data breaches, cybersecurity helps track and mitigate threats to eliminate business risks.

Instead, Information Security is a part of a cybersecurity program that focuses mainly on protecting data from breaches and damage. A business which operates with a motive of ‘data means life blood’, should be extremely focused on Information Security, as any slight laxity in doing so can break the business on a permanent note.

As companies are going digital, protecting their IT infrastructure and data from disruptions, breaches and other such critical threats becomes extremely difficult.

Career paths involved in information and cyber security

As both these words are technically overlapping each other, like in education, skills and shared security practices, companies offer jobs that have common career paths.

For instance, in the stream of Information Security, roles such as Information Security Analyst, Information Security Specialist, IT Security Consultant prevail, with a salary package ranging between $80,000 to $120,000,

Regarding cybersecurity, roles such as Cybersecurity Analyst, Cybersecurity Consultant, Penetration Tester, Cybersecurity Engineer are prevailing with interchangeable job descriptions and having the same salary packages as stated above.


Naveen Goud
Naveen Goud is a writer at Cybersecurity Insiders covering topics such as Mergers & Acquisitions, Startups, Cyber Attacks, Cloud Security and Mobile Security

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