Today, over 760,000 websites are breached each year. However, only 6 percent of website owners use proactive website monitoring for suspicious activity, while 84 percent don’t find out about cyberattacks until after they’ve been compromised.
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It should come as no surprise that every day we’re immersed in the complexities of cyber security. It’s our business and also our passion. Since October is National Cyber Security Awareness month (NCSAM), we thought it would be fitting to write a bit about the overall subject of cyber security and how that applies to WordPress website owners.
I met Brandee Segraves at WordCamp Fayetteville the day she gave her talk, “Keeping Content Marketing Authentic.” Brandee, a local to Fayetteville, Arkansas, shared with me that this was her first time speaking at a WordCamp. Brandee is the CEO at Engaging Brand Solutions, a local agency that goes beyond what you’d normally expect from an agency, as we hear in the footage. As a WordPress user, an agency owner, and a first-time speaker, I could not resist the opportunity to interview her.
Who works 24/7? Not you, I hope – but hackers around the globe are busy trying to compromise systems 24 hours a day, seven days a week. “Next-gen” is not just a convenient marketing term, it is very accurate label for new types of threats and new types of solutions designed to counter those threats.
The basic nature of PC and server (aka “endpoint”) security and threats to same had not changed in many years. For years, the enemy would be the rogue program (.EXE) or Word macro that would find its way on to our system and either destroy our data or perhaps surreptitiously take control of our system either to steal our data or add our system to its army of drones – or both.
The traditional endpoint security solution would rely on its researchers to learn the digital fingerprints – usually referred to as the signature – of the virus. Upon detection, the entire offending program or macro would be isolated (quarantined) and, ultimately, deleted.
Obsidian Group is a human asset management firm focused on delivering results-oriented consulting services. Founder and President, John Perry, serves his clients by concentrating on four primary segments: human resource consulting, talent acquisition, marketing services and small business solutions. Perry has built his business on the belief that talent and human assets drive culture and success. With this mindset, Obsidian Group has helped its clients achieve their goals for over 13 years.
“We started Obsidian Group in 2003, primarily as a talent acquisition company in the IT, finance and accounting space,” Perry says. “During the economic turmoil of the late 2000’s, we enhanced our offers to include consulting in the HR, small business and marketing arenas. When we did this, our website had to be first class and reflect the professionalism of our firm. It is our face to the business world and critical to our success.”
After a yearlong hiatus, WordCamp Phoenix returned this past weekend with a vengeance. Over 400 attendees swarmed the Phoenix Convention Center to brush up on the latest WordPress news, learn new skills and network with fellow WordPressers.
#WCPHX was my third WordCamp and although I may be biased, it was my favorite yet! The event took place in the heart of downtown Phoenix and in true WordCamp form it felt like a home away from home. Our SiteLock team was proud to be a Master Builder sponsor and to take part in such an exciting event in our own backyard. We also debuted our very own SiteLock Wapuu, complete with sunglasses and a saguaro cactus.
October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM). NCSAM was formed in 2014 and is observed to raise awareness around the importance of cybersecurity.
At SiteLock, we too believe in creating a secure Internet for every individual. Beyond protecting websites, our goal is to teach all Internet users about cyber threats and risks. One way we do this is by attending various trade shows around the world to help raise awareness around the importance of cybersecurity.
It’s appropriate, then, that our our hometown WordCamp, WordCamp Phoenix, happened during the first weekend of Cybersecurity Awareness Month.
I’m writing this while at the Raleigh-Durham International airport and although I’m anxious to get back home, leaving North Carolina feels different than most of my return trips from WordCamps.
I’ve just attended #WCRaleigh where I also presented “Curating Content in WordPress” and it was an excellent event.
Although I’ve never been to Raleigh before, for some reason it felt comfortable. It felt like home. Maybe this was because nature is all around, even in the heart of the city, and that reminded me of my home state of Michigan. Or, perhaps it was the people I met.
My last trip this September took me to Arlington, Texas for WordCamp Dallas / Fort Worth. The camp was hosted at the E. H. Hereford University Center of the University of Texas at Arlington and held three tracks: Blogger/Community, Business, and of course, Developer. We were particularly keen to sponsor and attend #WCDFW, in part because our friends Carrie Dils and Marc Gratch were two of the event organizers.