Difference between Information Security and Cybersecurity


There is a confusion among a few that the terms Information Security and Cybersecurity are the same as the two areas take the same strides to a large extent. But technically in practical, both are different, and here’s a brief explanation to prove.

Information Security- Protection of information and the information storing systems from unauthorized access accounts to Information Security. The term InfoSec aka Information Security is often used to determine availability of the systems and to protect the data integrity and confidentiality.

Cybersecurity- It’s a way broader term and Information Security can be treated as a subset of this larger digital ecosystem of IT Infrastructure. Protecting electronic communications services and infrastructure from cyber attacks and restoring them from unexpected downtime makes up for cybersecurity.

Both these terms are well defined by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the latter includes protection of computer networks, cloud infrastructure and utilities such as nuclear power infrastructures.

As both the terms are related to cyberspace, some tech geeks are mistakenly found using both the said terms as synonymous terms while addressing certain issues on the social media.

A degree in cybersecurity, computer science, and IT can help land a person in jobs such as an engineer, specialist, and analyst, and in some terms, as a tester. However, having knowledge about networks, software interface, databases, viruses and protection and web development will help enhance your skills and get better pay packages in both the said careers, as in most cases, these two technologies overlap in time.


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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