Simply put, cybersecurity is the work of defending computer systems and the data they process from harm. This includes harm from physical damage, to malware infection, to accidental deletion by a user, and many more threats.
The key distinction between a cybersecurity expert and any other technology expert is a strict adherence to ethics, familiarity with regulations, and continuous exposure to emerging trends in the industry.
More immediately, cybersecurity is the word that fills offices of regulators like the SEC and FCC. Federal regulators are beginning to acknowledge that organizations of any size can leverage computers to collect, share, store, or use their customers’ and business partners’ information with data points in the millions or billions. Financial, health, proprietary, and personally identifiable information are in the eye of consumers, businesses, and regulators alike for the sheer likelihood that they will be exposed to the public one day by either misconfiguration or cyberattack. Cybersecurity is the only solution, in the effort to prevent such potential disasters before they happen.