Information Assurance and Security (IAS) combines the fields of Information Security Assurance and Information Security for the purposes of assuring and managing the security risks related to confidential information, throughout the process of transmission, processing, and storing.
Briefly, information assurance is a field that focuses on minimizing the overall risk to a company’s information caused by cyber threats. Information assurance often entails the application of organizational-wide standards to reduce threats to information security. For example, an information specialist may attain this goal by redesigning login authentication mechanisms or performing routine backups of critical company data.
Information security is more focused on developing tools, technologies, and other measures to secure information, particularly from external attacks. The focus of Information security is on securing data from unauthorized access, use, disclosure, disruption, modification, or destruction so that it can provide integrity, confidentiality, and availability.
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