cy·​ber·​se·​cu·​ri·​ty | \ ˈsī-bər-si-ˌkyu̇r-ə-tē How to pronounce cybersecurity (audio) \

Definition of cybersecurity

: measures taken to protect a computer or computer system (as on the Internet) against unauthorized access or attack

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Ryan Kalember of Proofpoint, an American cybersecurity firm, notes that this will be exacerbated by 5G, where many of the vendors involved have a history of shipping code with bugs in it. The Economist, "SecurityCompanies must get ready for a riskier world," 11 July 2019 The fintech incubator is looking for ideas from a wide range of disciplines, including analytics, data science, blockchain, cybersecurity, mobile payments and insurance technology, among other areas. Brittany Meiling, San Diego Union-Tribune, "UCSD links up with startup group EvoNexus, hoping to create ‘fintech’ hub in San Diego," 11 June 2019 The initiative will also train young people in tech skills, and offer AU departments support in dealing with cybersecurity, as well as digital health and education. Abdi Latif Dahir, Quartz Africa, "The African Union is doubling down on deepening its relationship with Huawei," 31 May 2019 Hours later, an 8chan administrator tweeted that the online forum would be relaunching using the Canadian cybersecurity company BitMitigate. Graham Kates, CBS News, "8chan struggles to stay online after links to mass shootings," 6 Aug. 2019 John McAfee, a cybersecurity expert and cryptocurrency enthusiast, who has plans to run in the 2020 US presidential election, noted that banning cryptocurrencies is not pragmatic. Pramod Mathew, Quartz India, "Indian government panel wants cryptocurrency holders jailed, but can’t deny its tech has merits," 23 July 2019 The Open Technology Fund then requested and funded an assessment of the app by Cure53, a cybersecurity company in Berlin. Raymond Zhong, New York Times, "China Snares Tourists’ Phones in Surveillance Dragnet by Adding Secret App," 2 July 2019 Might Just Save the World takes a look at @stake, a hugely influential cybersecurity company founded in 1999. Brian Barrett, WIRED, "Security News This Week: Cryptocurrency Company Hacks Itself Before Hackers Can Hack It," 8 June 2019 Hackers accessed personal information belonging to more than 145 million Americans after taking advantage of gaps in Equifax’s cybersecurity in September 2017. Slade Rand,, "Equifax will pay Connecticut nearly $5M in data breach settlement," 22 July 2019

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1989, in the meaning defined above

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cy·​ber·​se·​cu·​ri·​ty | \ ˈsī-bər-si-ˈkyu̇r-ə-tē How to pronounce cybersecurity (audio) \

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: measures taken to protect a computer or computer system (as on the Internet) against unauthorized access or attack

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