The DDoS Landscape After Mirai & DerpTrolling

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DDoS attacks

Distributed denial of service (DDoS) is one of the biggest security threats facing the Internet. We can develop a false sense of security when we see the major takedowns of individuals such as Austin Thompson – aka DerpTrolling – and Mirai botnet operator Paras Jha. (Jha was recently sentenced, and Thompson just pleaded guilty.) Despite… Read more »

Domain vs. Organization vs. Extended Validation SSL Certificates

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Green indicator in address bar -- EV

While a secure sockets layer (SSL) certificate may seem to be a piece of paper, it is actually a file connecting its holder with a public key that allows for cryptographic data exchange. Recognized industry-wide as a standard security component, SSL use is also a ranking factor that assists with search engine optimization (SEO). The… Read more »

How Blockchain Will Transform Ecommerce

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How Blockchain will impact ecommerce -- Bitcoin

A blockchain is a public electronic distributed ledger that contains data, originally designed for cryptocurrency transactions but increasingly used for other purposes. You do not need to perform any central bookkeeping with blockchain because the system expands as additional data blocks are logged and incorporated within the system, lined up in order of entry. Stemming… Read more »

How DDoS Attacks Have Evolved

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DDoS history -- distributed denial of service attacks

With the rise of the Internet of Things (IoT), experts have warned that it is incredibly vulnerable from a security perspective – and it has been exploited by DDoS attackers. In September-October 2016, nearly 50,000 connected devices, spread out across 164 nations, were used to achieve traffic as high as 280 Gbps. The attack sent… Read more »

The ROI of Information Security

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ROSI - the return on security investment. Fingerprint on keyboard - assessment of solutions

People often talk about security in terms of defenses and caution – an emergency system to prevent worse-case scenarios. However, thinking in terms of defense and prevention can distract us from a fundamental truth: security is powerful. It has an incredible amount of value to organizations across all sectors and markets. Establishing the ROI of… Read more »

WordPress Security Best Practices for 2018

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Lock against code - WordPress security steps to take in 2018

Statistics garnered from analysis of tens of thousands of WordPress sites within the Alexa top 1 million suggest why hackers often choose WordPress to attack. Incredibly, the study from WP WhiteSecurity found that 70% of installations are vulnerable to hacking. The researchers looked at the WordPress installation status and behavior of these WordPress sites in… Read more »

Why Security is a Top Priority for Ecommerce

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With growth of malware and ransomware, security is a top priority.

It is easy to develop blind spots in our thinking, particularly toward things that we see often, as if they become invisible to us after so much repetition. For instance, we may read so much about cyberattacks and how important security is that it may make it more difficult to logically consider the topic and… Read more »

What the GDPR Means for Global Business

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data eminating outward from the individual, the key concern of the General Data Protection Regulation from the European Union

Bolstered consumer consent. The “right to be forgotten.” 72-hour breach reporting. Hefty fine schedules. These aspects of the General Data Protection Regulation from the European Union are now in effect, as of May 25, 2018. As the most significant change to data security law in Europe in two decades, this new set of rules is… Read more »

How to Secure a Data Center

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image of data center diversity and isolation for security

The nonprofit Identity Theft Resource Center keeps an ongoing record of incidents involving data compromise. The information is gathered from government agency releases and articles in the press. This effort started on January 1, 2005. Between that point and February 7, 2018, the organization has logged more than 8600 breaches, with a staggering 1.07 billion… Read more »

How to Secure E-Commerce

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How to Secure E-Commerce

Digital attacks are, of course, of many different approaches and scopes; and the value of data that is stolen also is across a broad spectrum. While that case-by-case diversity exists, there is a commonality of being at risk across all businesses. Incredibly, a report last year revealed that half of small businesses in the United… Read more »