An SMB's Glossary of Basic Cyber Security Terminology

Summary: This 3-minute article introduces basic cyber security terminology for small to midsized businesses. These basic cyber security terms will help an SMB owner understand and discuss cyber threats with IT experts. Contact DIGIGUARD CYBER SECURITY at 833-33-CYBER (833-332-9237) or visit to schedule a cyber risk analysis and discuss the best cyber protection possible for your small to midsized business.

Owners of small to midsized businesses are expected to have a certain level of expertise in the product or service their company provides. However, they are not necessarily versed in cyber security terminology related to protecting their networks, websites, and endpoint devices. With the increase in our remote access workforce, cybercriminals have targeted SMBs more than ever. Hackers consider smaller businesses to be the “low hanging fruit” of their target landscape, ripe for cyberattacks because they have the false belief that cybercriminals won’t be interested in them. Even worse, 60% of all SMBs go out of business within six months after a cyberattack.

There is a large volume of terminology related to cyber security. As a result, there are many cyber security definitions business owners need not know. However, to protect your business’s hard-earned data, there are some security terms you need to know.

A Brief Cyber Security Glossary

Understanding some basic cyber security terms is essential to operating any SMB as online security has become a top priority for every business. Cybercriminals have pushed the workplace toward a position of Zero Trust.

What is Zero Trust?

Zero Trust is an approach used by companies that allows the restriction of networks and applications from a position of trusting nothing. Zero trust aims to create restrictions and protections to block unauthorized access while permitting authorized users unhindered access. Zero trust means just what it says, “Don’t trust anyone or anything.”

In the current cyber threat climate, SMBs must focus more on cyber security as one of their top-line items. IT experts can help you prevent or reduce the incidence of costly social engineering cyberattacks. Professional IT security consulting is the best way to ensure you have the proper layers of cyber security in place to protect your SMB. They can perform a cyber risk assessment to see what action needs to be taken to protect your business data better. The most prolific hackers can eventually breach most cyber protections with enough time and resources. However, with robust cyber security in place, cyberattacks of all kinds can be spotted early, mitigated and contained before data is breached and extensive damage is done to your business network and all its endpoint devices.

Unfortunately, cyber protection against hacks has become too complex for amateurs. Many essential considerations are far beyond the expertise of the most tech-savvy users. Professional IT security consulting is the best way to protect your business fully. In addition, IT pros can help you devise a detailed cyber incident response plan.

DIGIGUARD Cyber Security is an IT security service specializing in cyber threat protection for small to midsized companies. In addition, DIGIGUARD can provide your SMB with powerful layers of security, making it more difficult for hackers to access your network. Therefore, your company’s data will be safer and less likely to be breached in the face of our expanding mobile work environment. Furthermore, DIGIGUARD can assess your cyber vulnerability and work with you to ensure you have the best network and data protection solutions for your business.

Contact DIGIGUARD CYBER SECURITY at 833-33-CYBER (833-332-9237) or visit to explore prevention strategies to guard against deadly cyberattacks and other cyber defense strategies and protocols to best protect your SMB’s hard-earned data.