When you open up your credit card statement, you see a $15,000 balance for services purchased in Recife, Brazil -- a city you’ve never even heard of until the World Cup. Think it couldn’t happen to you?
Identity theft and Internet security threats are some of our worst nightmares online. Today, website security cannot be taken seriously enough -- especially when your customers trust you with their credit card information and other sensitive data.
In the most recent Internet Security Threat Report, Symantec, a leader in security protection services, released some alarming stats from 2013:
- 91% increase in targeted attacks campaigns
- 62% increase in the number of breaches
- Over 552 million identities were exposed via breaches
- 38% of mobile users have experienced mobile cybercrime in the past 12 months
- 1 in 392 emails contain a phishing attack
- Web-based attacks are up 23%
- 1 in 8 legitimate websites have a critical vulnerability
What are the best way to protect your business and your customers’ trust?
Exercise your tech savviness. Be aware and know what kind of threats exist - haven’t heard of malware, trojans, bots, hacking or spear phishing? Educate yourself about the malicious tactics happening today.
Know your data. Protection must focus on the information -- not the device or data center. Understand where your sensitive data resides and where it is flowing to help identify the best policies and procedures to protect it.
Educate employees. Provide guidance on information protection, including company policies and procedures for protecting sensitive data on personal and corporate devices.
Implement a strong position about security. Strengthen your security infrastructure with data loss prevention, network security, endpoint security, encryption, strong authentication and defensiveness measures, including reputation-based technologies (including the type of brand of SSL you use on your website).
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