Information Technology & Information Security: Moonshot’s Dynamic Duo

By Matt Mangels – VP of Information Security & Compliance 

Do you ever get mistaken for someone else? And does it happen often enough that you question if people will ever learn the difference between the two of you? Information Technology (IT) and Information Security (IS) understand your pain. At a glance, IT and IS sound similar so they must be the same. Right? Nope! These two different yet complimentary fields play separate and important roles in streamlining tasks and securing the data in your organization’s network.  

So, what’s the difference between them and why is it important? 

First, let’s delve into Information Technology’s primary focus: productivity and functionality. IT professionals aim to enhance productivity by managing and optimizing various technological aspects within an organization. They ensure that hardware, software, networks, and systems run smoothly. Their efforts are centered around maintaining uptime, streamlining processes, and supporting the overall technological infrastructure to meet business needs. They’re the wizards behind the scenes, ensuring your systems work efficiently, troubleshooting issues, and providing you access to your favorite apps and websites hassle-free.  

Productivity and functionality are important, but there’s a crucial piece missing if we stop there. Enter Information Security, whose primary focus is risk management. These professionals are the guardians of digital assets, protecting sensitive information from potential threats. They work to identify vulnerabilities, monitor for breaches, implement security protocols, and respond swiftly to cyber incidents. They work to mitigate risks associated with data breaches, cyberattacks, and unauthorized access, safeguarding critical information’s confidentiality, integrity, and availability.  

Now, why does it matter to differentiate between these two disciplines? Well, it’s all about the segregation of duties and specialized expertise. When these two disciplines work in tandem, they offer a holistic approach to strengthening the overall structure of your network. While Information Technology professionals boost productivity and innovation, Information Security professionals ensure the protection and integrity of the systems and data that IT manages.  

At Moonshot Solutions, we understand the importance of having both Information Technology and Information Security professionals under one roof. It’s not just about offering services; it’s about providing comprehensive solutions that help your organization thrive. Our team consists of skilled Information Technology experts ensuring your systems are top-notch and dedicated Information Security specialists fortifying those systems against cyber threats.  

In today’s interconnected digital landscape, having both Information Technology and Information Security on your side isn’t just an advantage; it’s a necessity. If you’re looking for a team that knows the ins and outs of IT and IS, look no further than Moonshot Solutions 

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