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Five Easy Ways to Avoid Being Hacked This Holiday Season

October is Cyber Security Month and it’s a good excuse to assess your web applications and website security before the holiday season.

Few things pose as much risk as an attack aimed at your website. Consider the impact of data breaches to Target, Home Depot and, most recently, Experian and the American Bankers Association. It seems that not a week goes by without a new massive breach making headlines.

While organizations often think of protecting their network, website security is often overlooked, leaving a massive vulnerability open to exploitation. How can you ensure your web applications and website are safe? Use these five tips to make sure your security is where it needs to be:

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Cybersecurity Report: August 11, 2015

Cyber security reportFBI Understaffed to Ward off Cybersecurity Attacks, Report Says

Last week, the U.S. Department of Justice released a report that revealed some weaknesses in Next Gen Cyber, The Federal Bureau of Investigation’s cyber security program begun in 2012. Next Gen Cyber originally has a budget of $314 million and a total of 1,333 full-time jobs (including 756 agents), while the DOJ also asked for an $86.6 million increase in funding for 2014 to support this Initiative. The FBI had in total 52 open positions of the 134 computer scientists it was authorized to employee under the Initiative.

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Cybersecurity Report: August 4, 2015

Fiat Chrysler to Recall 1.4 Million Vehicles in U.S. to Prevent Hacking

FCA US LLC, formerly Chrysler Group LLC, announced on Friday that Fiat Chrysler will recall 1.4 million vehicles in US to install software to prevent hackers from gaining remote control of the engine, steering and other systems. According to federal officials, this is the first such action of its kind. This announcement was made several days after cyber security researchers succeeding in using a wireless connection to turn off a Jeep Cherokee’s engine as it drove. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration also said on Friday that it would investigate whether FCA’s solution to upgrade software was enough to protect consumers from hackers.

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Three Add-ons That Enhance Website Security

Viruses used to be the only website security issue that companies worried about. With cyberthreats increasing in variety, protecting your website is no longer about installing a basic firewall. You also need to consider the necessary add-ons in all the right places to develop a multi-layered security plan.

Add-Ons That Help Website Security

To help you start your own deployment, below are three non-firewall add-ons that you should have in order to develop a comprehensive website security plan.

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Cybersecurity Report: July 28, 2015

UCLA Health Hacked, 4.5 Million Victims

Last week, hackers broke into UCLA Health, the hospital network of the University of California, Los Angeles,acquiring access to database with sensitive records of 4.5 million people and potentially affecting four hospitals and 150 offices across Southern California. According to the university, the potential breached information included names, medical information, SSN, Medicare numbers, health plan IDs, birthdays and physical addresses.The network made this announcement two months after the data breach was discovered. The hospital group is now offering affected staffs and patients one year of identity theft recovery services.

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Cybersecurity Report: July 21, 2015

Website SecurityOPM Director Katherine Archuleta Steps Down

Office of Personnel Management Director Katherine Archuleta resigned last Friday, a day after revealing that the recent data breach of employee information was much larger than originally thought and had probably affected 22.1 million current, former and prospective US government employees and their family members. Archuleta’s departure has been confirmed in an email she sent to OPM staff. Beth Cobert, previously the U.S. chief performance officer and a deputy director at OPM, has taken over as the acting director of OPM since last Saturday.

Army National Guard Struck by Data Breach

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Cybersecurity Report: July 15, 2015

Website protection

Protect your website from hackers and cybercrime.

Hacktivist Group AnonOpsIndia Hacks BSNL Website, Days After Hacking Nation’s PAN Database

As a protest against the Indian government’s recent push on net neutrality and Digital India, AnonOpsIndia, a hacktivist group, compromised BSNL (Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited) Telecommunications’ websites on Friday. Prior to the BSNL hack, AnonOpsIndia, usually referred as “Anonymous India,” has already compromised the nation’s PAN database and a coal-sector website last week.

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How VPS Hosting Can Help Secure Your Website

Hosting your website on a Virtual Private Server (VPS) can be a great way to improve your website’s security when compared to shared hosting. Why?

Think of shared hosting as sharing an apartment – it’s economical, but roommates can often bring on unnecessary trouble. If a thief steals some of your roommate’s belongings, chances are they’ll steal yours as well. Similarly, if a hacker injects website malware into another website on the same server as yours, it can affect your website as well.

With a VPS, your website has its own partitioned space, operating system and (usually) unique IP address, isolating it from cyber attacks. A VPS also provides access to the console, something that shared hosting usually doesn’t allow, which can be helpful when removing malware.

Neill Feather, President of SiteLock, has written a blog post explaining more security benefits of a VPS and website firewall on IT Toolbox – you can read it by clicking here.

Cybersecurity Report: July 7, 2015

GAO Sees Room for Improvement in Bank Cyber Security Exams

A new report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) suggests that U.S. banking regulators must hire and train more examiners with technology expertise to give more useful cyber security recommendations to small and mid-sized banks. According to GAO, many U.S. credit unions are vulnerable to cyber threats from outside vendors that help run their businesses, because their overseer, the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) lacks authority to review technology practices of those companies.

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Cybersecurity Report: June 29, 2015

Hackers Ground Polish LOT Airline Flights

LOT, the Polish national airline, announced on Sunday that it cancelled 10 flights due to the cyber attack towards its ground computer systems at Warsaw’s Okecie airport. The cyber attack took down LOT’s ground computer systems for 5 hours during which time 10 flights were cancelled impacting over 1,400 passengers who had planned to travel to Dusseldorf, Hamburg, Copenhagen, and some internal flights within Poland.  

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