Information Security vs. Cybersecurity: What’s the Difference?

 In Cloud Services, Cloud Solutions, IT Solutions, Managed IT Service Providers, Managed IT Services, Managed Network Services, Watchguard

Oftentimes, the terms “information security” and “cybersecurity” are thought to be one and the same. After all, they both pertain to keeping something within your company safe. While it’s true that both terms are deeply intertwined, there are a few distinct differences in information security vs. cybersecurity.

Information Security

Information security is the act of protecting your data. When you think about your information security protocol, you have to keep in mind the level of confidentiality, maintaining the integrity of the data, and who can access the data.

That being said, information security isn’t necessarily always electronic. While it is true that most information security involves electronic filing and password protection of data, that’s not always the case. Your physical information security policy could involve keeping your filing cabinets under lock and key or storing files in a remote location, away from everyday access.


Have you ever heard this adage? “Not all rectangles are squares, but all square are rectangles.” That’s one way you could think about information security vs. cybersecurity. Not all information security involves cybersecurity, but all cybersecurity is about information security. It’s about keeping your electronic information secure.

In both cases, the biggest concern for both the company and the security service provider is keeping your data safe. That’s why your security service provider should offer a comprehensive package that addresses all existing threats to your cybersecurity. That includes antivirus programs that prevent Trojans, malware, and ransomware from infecting your computer. It should also monitor for network vulnerabilities, that could allow remote access to your data.

Why Verus?

Verus has been committed to IT security since the first day we opened our doors. Verus takes a holistic approach to security, as evidenced by strong partnerships with vendors in the Next Gen Firewall market, including Platinum Partner status in the WatchGuard One Partner Program, and being the first Cisco Select partner in the nation; as well as partnerships in the antivirus and multi-factor authentication market.

Find out more about what Verus can do to keep you and your data safe.


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