Once an individual or organization makes the decision to use a cloud service provider, the question of how to keep your data safe may come to mind. After all, when files containing sensitive information are being loaded to the internet, it’s important to make sure this content is only accessed by authorized users. With that in mind, below are several cloud security best practices that should be considered to keep your data protected.
In today’s world of ever-evolving information technology, most people are familiar with “The Cloud.” They know that in essence, it’s a way for data such as images, audio files, etc… to be stored online with a provider that manages and stores it on their servers. With your unique login credentials, you can access this storage, download it, delete it, modify it, etc… What most people don’t think about is if their data is secure. For that matter, what is cloud security? We’re breaking it all down below.
Ever been targeted by a social engineering attack? Chances are, the answer is “yes,” even if you didn’t realize it at the time. According to a 2019 report, 99% of cyberattacks use social engineering techniques to trick users into installing malware.
The good news is that they can be avoided. Learning about the most common methods used in social engineering is the best way to start. If that sounds overwhelming, don’t worry—we’re here to help you get up to speed. Here are four of the most common forms of social engineering used by hackers:
Plesk and Patchman have a longstanding partnership aimed at enabling hosting service providers (HSPs) to automatically detect and patch cybersecurity vulnerabilities at the server level. Now the team is taking that collaboration one step further with the release of the Patchman Extension, an integration which gives HSPs access to Patchman’s most powerful security solution—COVERAGE + CLEAN—right on the Plesk control panel.
Every new web application involving the exchange of data between servers increases your exposure to cybersecurity threats. A web application firewall (WAF) can help.
What does a web application firewall do? It protects you against potential security hazards. Unlike a classic firewall working at the network level, a WAF protects you at the application level.
Cybersecurity threats WAFs protect against include:
For many users, cybersecurity attacks can feel depersonalized—coming from scripted codes, automatic malware, or distant bots. But social engineering attacks differ in one key aspect: they’re based in human interactions.
Rooted in psychological manipulation, social engineering attacks occur when attackers trick users into sharing sensitive security information. With cybersecurity becoming stronger, different types of social engineering attacks allow bad actors to exploit something that firewalls can’t defend against: human weakness. According to a 2019 report, 99% of cyberattacks use social engineering techniques to trick users into installing malware. You’ve likely been the victim of one yourself, even if you didn’t realize it at the time.
There are many different types of social engineering attacks, but all of them exploit more than just a technical vulnerability. By targeting a human vulnerability, they gain victims’ trust—and ultimately use it against them.
A well-known pain point in the hosting industry is managing the security of websites owned and managed by end-users. While the hosting provider has a complete say over their own systems, they must ultimately grant management of the hosting space to those who use it. An unfortunate reality remains that a sizable portion of end-users does not have the time, resources, or inclination to properly maintain their code or applications. This is particularly noticeable with CMS applications, which still tend to lag behind their latest release.
As a website owner, you may have come across a certain three-letter term and wondered to yourself, “what is a WAF” or “what does WAF mean?” Think of it this way: if your website infrastructure is a house, the web application firewall (WAF) acts like a fence, helping to deter unwanted visitors. WAFs monitor two-way HTTP or web traffic and defend an application against harmful cyber-attacks threatening the very fabric of a website’s existence.
Imagine the following scenario: you receive a text message from a reputable company saying you’ve won a free vacation for being a valued customer. All you have to do is click the link to redeem it—but there’s a catch. Only the first five people to click will win a vacation, so you’d better act fast! Do you click it?
Businesses that are looking to add revenue streams to boost their bottom line may at some point come across channel partnerships and wonder if they would be a good source of income. But, what is channel partner marketing, and what is the ideal channel partner marketing strategy to achieve the best results? We’re covering the answers to both of these questions below.