Cyber Security—also called Information Security, or InfoSec—is arguably the most interesting profession on the planet. It requires some combination of the attacker mentality, a defensive mindset, and the ability to constantly adapt to change. This is why it commands some of the highest salaries in the world.
“Cyber” vs. Information Security
One of the most common questions in the computer security industry is the difference between Cybersecurity and Information Security. The short answer is, “not much”. But the long answer is, well…longer.
Essentially, “Cyber” is a word from pop culture that actually fit our digital future fairly well, with the merging of humans and technology and society. In the beginning, “CyberSecurity” was used as a way to glamorize or sensationalize computer security, but over time people started using it in more and more serious conversations. And now we’re stuck with it.
If I had to give any distinction today (2019) it would be that Cybersecurity is a bit larger in scale than Information Security.
Read on in Daniel’s article for how he breaks Security down.
In general I think his taxonomy is spot on for the difference between Information Security (InfoSec) and Cyber Security. I am one of the people he references here:
People who’ve been in Information Security for a long time tend to really dislike the word “cyber” being used in a non-ironic way to describe what we do. But we’re getting over it.
I don’t always agree with Daniel’s writing, but this is a nice index.