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Is your ISP keeping up with evolving DDoS threats?

Iain Westwood

How DDoS attacks have evolved

As with most IT security threats, distributed denial of service attacks have evolved over time.  Simple attacks at the network level designed to exhaust target bandwidth capacity have been complemented with more complex and subtle attacks that can bring down websites but leave the network standing, often without triggering DDoS mitigation.

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Remote Working and Keeping Safe

Iain Westwood

Over the years, Remote Access technology has developed to a degree where a lot of businesses can shift from an office-based to a working from home model to allow business continuity in challenging times – as many have done recently in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Unfortunately, despite global events, there are still those who will exploit others for financial gain meaning that secure working practices are more important than ever. 

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Cybersecurity for small businesses

Iain Westwood

The impact of data breaches, network hacks or well-crafted phishing campaigns is often reported in the press.  These reports often cover reputational loss and financial cost to the victim that can run into tens or hundreds of thousands of pounds.  But what about the little guy?

Email attacks

Small businesses can often be the focus of specific targeted email-based attacks.  

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Don’t be the next Travelex!

Iain Westwood

As a business starts its journey towards the cloud, security focus will often shift outwards towards the Internet.  By moving data from inside the traditional network perimeter to the cloud, a whole new set of cybersecurity considerations occur and questions such as “How can we prevent our cloud environment from a breach and protect our data from theft?” become more relevant than ever.

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DoH!

Iain Westwood

DoH, or DNS over HTTPS to be precise, has featured in mainstream media in recent weeks. Both Mozilla and Google have confirmed that their Firefox and Chrome browsers will be implementing DoH by default but what exactly is it and why does it have ISP’s worried?

To recap, DNS (or the Domain Name System) is used to translate a human-readable host address such as www.activereach.net to its underlying IP address that your computer can connect to in order to receive content.  

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What is the future of HTTPS?

Iain Westwood

With yet another data breach in the news, and the focus on digital security at the forefront of most people’s minds, I thought it would be a good time to review the history of HTTP, and the role it plays in current (and future) security measures.

A brief history of HTTP, SSL and TLS
It’s a safe bet that when Tim Berners-Lee was working on HTTP in the 1980’s, he couldn’t have anticipated the hand his new protocol would have in creating and shaping the digital world we all know today. 

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