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Endpoint Devices with the Highest Security Risk and Why It's So Hard to Manage Them

One of the prevailing fears of businesses all over the world is the potential for cyber attacks to hit their networks and steal valuable company data or damage infrastructure. There’s good reason for these fears. The number of attacks against companies have increased this year, and security risks are bigger than ever before. A recent survey from the Ponemon Institute shows that the explosion of personal mobile devices in the workplace, along with expansions in cloud computing, have increased the number of security risks. If that weren’t disconcerting enough, the same survey showed IT departments were having a much more difficult time managing these new technologies and risks. As companies prepare to head into the future, they’ll need to come up with the right strategies for dealing with these new threats and shoring up endpoint security. (Tweet This: A recent survey shows more mobile devices in the workplace has led to increased security risks. #security #byod) Security risks have always been a problem for companies, but only recently has it grown dramatically. The same survey from the Ponemon Institute compares the recent numbers with the previous year, and nearly every category has seen an increase. Endpoint devices are the primary concern,...
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How to Remove Adware and Malware from your Personal Computer?

Nowadays, that everything can be found on the Internet, it is important to ensure a safe browsing experience. Unfortunately, there are instances in which unsolicited and unsubscribe software is downloaded into your PC by several unscrupulous sites. The most common software includes Adware, Spyware and Malware that give problems with your PC. Such unwanted software downloads can cause slow running of the computer that may interfere your work. In this sense, it is necessary for every computer user to be knowledgeable in maintaining the security of the computer from malware and other unwanted software downloads. Common Signs of Malware Infection Malware and Spyware come in many forms. They may appear as legitimate program or emerge from a file on your drive. The common signs to look out for malware infection include poor performance of the computer, pop-ups and obvious browser hijacking as well as installation prompts of software. It is difficult to track the infections manually as it requires the right knowledge and tedious process. That is why if you notice these signs the best thing to do is look for effective ways to uninstall and remove the spyware. Top programs for malware and spyware removal MalwareBytes – It is the...
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What the Government Shutdown Meant for National Cyber Security

The United States Federal Government Shutdown of 2013 lasted for approximately half a month. During that time, citizens of the United States were generally only inconvenienced in that they were forced to constantly hear about the government shutdown from alarmist news agencies. However, while the nation’s military was exempt from the shut down in order to be able to better protect our country’s interests, a different and much more vulnerable front may have been left undefended: or nation’s cyber security. And although the shutdown may have been temporarily resolved with the signing of a bill on the 16th of October, the possibility of future shutdowns might mean that we could be placed in danger once again. Cyber security is an issue with which most Americans have very little familiarity. At most, we generally tend to keep our own personal virus protection software up to date. Beyond that, we hardly consider the dangers. However, when it comes to national security, our country can’t afford to pay a passive role. There is no software secure enough or all-encompassing enough to be able to protect the United States’ assets from the constant attacks from hackers, both foreign and domestic. Thus, it is imperative that...
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5 Cyber Security Threats You Aren’t Considering

Cyber threats used to consist of annoying viruses or college-aged hackers looking for a challenge, but today cyberthreats are a real danger to businesses, governments and other organizations. Hackers have grown to be much more sophisticated, from groups hired by nation states, to hackers stealing business secrets for profit. Unfortunately, many organizations continue to be unaware of the danger they face even though any company no matter how big or small could be attacked at any time, and has probably been attacked before. Even those who are aware of the danger and use firewalls and a secure web gateway are often overlooking certain vulnerabilities that hackers can exploit. 1. Physical Access Sometimes organizations will put so much emphasis on protecting the IT system’s firewall from outside attacks that they forget that physical access to the server can give hackers just as much leeway to cause damage. Sometimes getting in is as simple as an employee holding a door open for the person behind them after the employee has entered in the access code. For example, in April of this year thieves broke into Walmart’s video service and stole the hard drives that contained customer data. A huge part of securing the...
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8 Types of Hackers on the Internet

During its infancy, cybercrime was really more of a novelty than an actual threat. Young hackers would write harmless viruses that would display a funny message or break into supposedly secure systems just to poke around. However, as the internet began to grow throughout the world and change the way that people and organizations interact, those with the propensity and ability began to fully realize the power that they could hold over an increasingly digital world. Today, hackers are anything but harmless. Acting alone or as organized groups, hackers have infiltrated the highest levels of government and defense, cost the United States and its civilians hundreds of billions of dollars, and destroyed countless lives. But what kind of people would dedicate their existence to such endeavors? Well, here’s a quick guide to the different kinds of hackers that operate in the world today. 1. State Sponsored Attackers Perhaps the most dangerous of the modern hacker groups are the state sponsored hackers. These are clandestine groups who are government funded and trained and exist to undermine the nations and countries that they consider to be their political enemies. These hackers are able to work as organized groups and to devote all...
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5 Tips to Make Your Website More Secure

There are a lot of things that go into making a good website. Whether you are a big company who is looking to expand your online presence, or an independent website developer with a message to share, there are a lot of necessary steps to take before the process is complete. One of the most important, however, is making sure that your website is 100 percent secure. If it is not, you can face any number of problems, such as hackers, viruses, and other cyber attacks that will damage the success of your site. Here are five top tips for making your website more secure. Secure Coding Much of the best security starts at the foundations of your website, that is to say your coding. You might be concerned with getting your site up and running, but do not let that prevent you from doing the proper work required to make sure that your coding has no holes that can harm security. It might take a little bit longer, but it will save you a lot of trouble in the long run! Secure Payment Processing If your website has anything to do with the transfer of money, it is crucial that...
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Security Challenges with Denial of Service Attacks

Denial of Service (DoS) and Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks have featured heavily in the tech news of recent years as their ease of delivery makes them a simple tool for those wishing to disrupt a target's online presence. A DoS is initiated when one computer continually sends data, typically as requests, to another computer with the aim of exceeding the target machines resources such as bandwidth, RAM or processing power. A DDoS is when multiple computers join forces, typically controlled by a Botnet, and target an organisations web servers or network. The disruption from a DDoS, however, can affect different organisations in different ways. Some organisations such as banks have seen DDoS attacks prevent their customers from accessing their online banking services. This has obvious implications for consumers and businesses looking to manage their accounts. HSBC suffered a DDoS attack in October 2012 that was attributed to Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Cyber Fighters allegedly as a protest aimed at forcing You Tube to remove the controversial film Innocence of Muslims. The same group has continued its DDoS attacks into January of 2013 against a long list of U.S. banks such as JP Morgan Chase, U.S. Bancorp and Bank of...
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Managed file transfer solutions improve efficiency

Most would agree that in general our data is becoming more freely available online. However the reality is that private as well as personal details needs to be secure to guarantee total compliance with specific regulation, besides any form of issue caused by data loss. Countless firms now retain information relating to clients no matter if business associated or consumer, nevertheless the issue is precisely how that information is secured to guarantee no data loss. This is certainly critical when looking at file transfer, which is precisely why countless companies are using software methods which automate the operation and thus present a notably more secure approach. Whenever it relates to Managed File Transfer and data safety in general it must simply be available to the specific users that need accessibility, which is needed for the person to carry out their job. This basic principle is named data governance. In addition many establishments use private information throughout different aspects of their business organisation, including subsidiaries and branches, which demands file transfer of information. This is simply the one dilemma which offers the major hazard in reality as the world wide web and its method of operation opens up potential concerns when transmitting...
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Password Security Tips

Passwords. The world online is littered with them, from shopping to banking information to even booking a gym session, users can't click without a password. Gate-keepers of our personal information, passwords provide protection; a buffer between private and public. That's until they fall into the wrong hands. Over the past few months, several big names have had password problems. First up it was the social media giants Twitter. Fresh off the back of its record 20 million US election tweets, later many Twitter users found they couldn't access their accounts and had received emails advising them to reset their passwords. The company denied there it being to do with a security issue, with a statement on its blog reporting that it was just an on-going part of the brand's user protection. It also stated that when it looks like a user's account has been compromised, Twitter resets the password. But it added that, in this instance, more had been reset than was necessary. Then, a few weeks later, it was the turn of communications company Skype. The Microsoft-owned brand, which is used by some 250 million people, experienced a security issue that had the potential to lock users out of their...
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Malicious Intrusions Web Hosts Have to Deal With

Websites are under attack. In fact, according to what's reported, it seems like these attacks are happening now on a daily basis. And when it comes to who is behind them, perpetrators range from political activists looking to make a statement, to enterprising criminals hunting for soft targets and spammers after a quick buck. So what form can these attacks take? And what can be done by web hosts to mitigate the likelihood of an attack being effective? Denial of Service The most well-known of these intrusion attempts that web hosts have to deal with is the Denial of Service attack. A DOS attack is when a flood of service requests is sent from the attacking machine to the intended victim machine in order to prevent the victim machine from responding to genuine requests from legitimate machines on the network or internet. The flood of requests causes the victim machine to exhaust its resources in replying to these fake requests. Typically memory or CPU usage or band-width is the resource that becomes exhausted on the victim machine. But DOS also has a big brother DDOS. A Distributed Denial of Service attack is when multiple compromised machines act together to generate a...
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Secure Your Site. Avoid the Risk

The security of a website is as important as that of any land-based business, but many webmasters do not seem to recognize the vulnerabilities of being online. The main threats are hacking, spamming and malware, all of which can be protected against to a certain extent. Choosing a web host that openly advertises the security measures it employs is a good start, but if you are using shared hosting for reasons of cost you should understand that other sites hosted on the same server could have their own vulnerabilities exploited. This can put your website at risk, potentially outweighing the financial benefits of shared hosting. If your website has special importance to your business it is much better to use a dedicated server to host your site. This is more costly, but it will also give you control over security. Buying and installing the best anti-virus and anti-malware software can help, but such programs are not always infallible. Even hardware firewalls can be compromised or circumvented. If you have any concerns, the first thing to do is to run a security audit on your website. This can be achieved using one of many free online resources such as Acunetix or McAfee...
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Learn How Hackers Find Security Vulnerabilities. Web Application Security

In the last couple of months there were a lot of treads related to web and application security, many government websites were hacked. The list of big company websites that were under attack is lengthy, but I will just mention few – Sony, Nintendo, Sega and there were so many treads for Facebook, so even biggest names in the business can be vulnerable to hackers. Nobody is 100% assured that even managing low to mid-profile website will not become a target to hackers. I’ve seen many times small websites of my customers being attacked and once spotted; hackers become persistent and try over and over again.  Recommended practice - close all potential security holes and even pay some extra money for DDoS attack protection. Today’s web is so complicated and more often web developers are developing website with cross-site scripting which open many doors like privilege elevation tricks, database injection, cookie exploits, Ajax vulnerabilities and more. Learning all about web security requires a lot of reading – book, forums, security guides and of course constant communication with other web developers. If you website is based on some of the top CMS like WordPress, Joomla or Drupal, most likely community will take...
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