A recent news story has brought to mind a threat which probably sends a shiver down the spine of many system administrators.
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The numbers are in, and they don’t look too good.
A new report from the respected independent testing agency AV-Test.org reveals some scary-sounding facts about the state of malware today.
How do you think your customers would feel if they visited your business’s website one day and were greeted with an offensive image, malicious code, religious propaganda or a form designed to steal their passwords?
It’s just over two years since a critical Shellshock vulnerability was uncovered.
Passwords are a perennial problem.
We rely so much on them to secure our company systems, our secrets, our customers’ private information… and yet we typically leave it in the hands of our users to choose their passwords safely.
If it can happen to a website as popular as TechCrunch, it might happen to you too.
Should the salaries of CEOs be linked to how well their company has protected itself against security threats?
British MPs certainly seem to think so.
Have you trained your employees to be on the lookout for bogus emails?
It’s one of the more famous quotes about computer programming:
To err is human, but to really foul things up requires a computer.
Microsoft really really wants your business to upgrade to Windows 10 as soon as possible.
In fact, they are so keen that your firm switches to Windows 10 that they’re sneaking adverts for the upgrade into security patches, and using some controversial tactics to encourage users into shaming their system administrators for not allowing the upgrade to happen.
Online extortion is on the rise.
Not only have recent months seen an increase in distributed denial-of-service attacks with demands that companies pay up to have their website returned to normal working order, and even the theft of confidential data with threats that it will be released to the public if financial demands are not met, but there has been a noticeable increase in ransomware attacks too.
It’s 2016, and it would be nice to think that after several years of doing business online, companies have got a better handle on how to protect their websites from attacks.
I’m afraid I have depressing news for you. Many sites are continuing to make big mistakes.
Well-known threats like cross-site scripting (XSS) attacks continue to challenge many websites, including household names.
Take eBay, for instance.