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Glossary definition: Information Security Controls

Information Security: Best Practices & Controls

Information security controls are measures used to protect data and information systems from unauthorized access, use, disclosure, disruption, modification, or destruction. These controls can be implemented in hardware, software, network, and procedural methods. Examples of hardware controls include firewalls, intrusion detection systems, and physical access control systems. Examples of software controls include antivirus and antimalware software, encryption, and access control lists. Network controls include virtual private networks (VPNs), network segmentation, and network monitoring. Procedural controls include policies and procedures for data access and usage, user authentication, and incident response. Information security controls are essential for ensuring the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of digital data and systems.