Cyber Security Vs. Network Security

When you think about it, both of these terms seem like they’re describing the same thing. Cyber and network both deal with digital environments, so the security for both should be the same, right? However, when you see businesses that offer these as separate services, you’ve more than likely wondered why that might be. Nobody is trying to rip you off. These are entirely different security services that require separate skills and expertise.


No, this isn’t the same as network security. Cyber security is the act of defending your organization’s network from intrusion through specific security measures. The scope of these threats varies, but the end goal is to ensure that no unauthorized access is allowed. Cyber threats are continually researching your business, employees, and information security. Enterprise networks are vast digitally connected landscapes that keep your information stored for employee use. Anyone that attacks you is aiming at that extensive network to siphon your information for their gain.

Picture a well on a farm. Your business is the farm and the well is your network. If the top of the well was wide open all the time, anyone could go up and draw water. More often than not an employee will be the one drawing water, but there may be thieves around looking to steal what you have. Cyber security is a preventative measure against thieves. Proper cyber security would be an electric fence that keeps people away from your well. Of course, there are still ways that they’ll try to break in.

Email security is another vital aspect of cyber security. Thieves will try to use social engineering attempts to manipulate employees into giving away your company’s private information. This could be through phishing, pop-ups, links, and more. Cyber security encompasses malware and antivirus protection, phishing prevention, and endpoint security. Application security comes from endpoint devices, proper network access checks, intrusion detection, and more. Keep outsiders from accessing your information through cyber security solutions.


Network security is technically a subset of cyber security. Essentially, if your cyber security measures fail in any way, you have network security to slow or stop threats or backup your data in case it’s too late. This includes active email security, data backup and protection, network and server security, and more. Network security is a preventative measure against many different types of cyber threats, including:

  • Denial of service attacks
  • Hacker attacks
  • Spyware and adware
  • Viruses, worms, and Trojan horses
  • Zero-day attacks

While these are the major points to look out for, there are common network security components you can use to monitor and protect your network effectively, even if someone gains access. These include:

  • Antivirus software
  • Firewalls
  • Intrusion detection and prevention systems
  • Virtual private networks

Each of these uses a different method to provide internal protection, whether through cloud-based security measures, centrally located systems, wireless network protection, or more.

To use the analogy again, if someone manages to get to your well and attempts to draw water, there will be an alarm system in place to stop them from getting too far. Even if they get away with a bucket of water, you have ways to fill the well back up, preventing it from drying out and damaging your farm. If they try to poison the water (in the case of viruses), you have methods of cleaning the well and getting it back in working order quickly and efficiently.


Preventative options don’t always work since cyber criminals are constantly changing tactics and learning new lines of attack. Whether you have endpoint security software in place or a system designed to protect your vital information, having both services guarantees that your data is entirely secure. This is where ITque comes in, specializing in providing you with different security measures and solutions for any potential attack. When you rely on our services, you don’t have to choose between cyber security and network security options. We use both actively to give you managed endpoint security solutionsdisaster prevention and recovery tools, and peace of mind that nobody will harm your business anytime soon. Contact ITque today if you’re interested in protecting your company with services you can trust.


ITque is a Campbell-based Managed IT Security & Services company with more than 100 small and medium-sized businesses in California and beyond. For all our clients we focus on network and data security as these are the lifeblood of most small businesses.

Our technicians have more than 127 years of combined, hands-on IT experience with companies of all sizes and in a wide variety of industries including legal, financial, hospitality, health care, construction, entertainment, machine shop, pharmaceutical, high-tech and more.

What’s more, in their previous lives, our CTO and technicians have worked for some of the largest security companies and on many large security projects with the likes of SSH, F-Secure, Kaspersky and Sophos as well as consulting privately on nationwide IT Security projects for Best Western and Circle K’s Credit Card processing networks.

This is one of many reasons ITque is a leading Managed IT Security and Service Provider in the Bay Area and was recently named Preferred Managed IT Service Provider for Dasher Technologies.

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