Network Security vs. Cybersecurity


It's no secret that technical security is only getting more complicated--and so is the associated language. Take, for example, the terms "network security" and "cybersecurity." Many people seem to use these terms interchangeably, but the truth is that they're two separate things--so today, we'll use a managed IT approach to help you understand the difference.

A Closer Look

Managed IT solutions, in many ways, is all about knowing how and where to look. For example, when you work with your provider to create a stronger security plan, you'll learn exactly how to address your security needs by looking at your IT environment as a whole; you'll also learn where to look for weaknesses and flaws (for example, unsecured network printers, which are a hacker's first target).

This "closer look" mentality is also why it's so important to know the difference between big security terms--especially when it comes to IT security versus cybersecurity.

Here's what you need to know!

Network Security

As it turns out, "network security" is an umbrella term for many types of integrated tech security. For example, if you and your managed IT provider are creating a plan to help lock down your physical data-storage room, that's network security; if you're putting passwords on your network connections, that's still network security.

Here are the three basic things that fall under the network security title:

  • Information security,
  • Physical security,
  • and cybersecurity.


That's right--cybersecurity is part of network security. It's has a specific, narrow focus on electronic assets, resources, or tools, helping you understand how stored and communicated information can be protected adequately. Essentially, it helps "focus" network security on a specific need or area.

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