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Optimizing Your Security: Are You Prepared For A Cyber-Attack?

Mike Revell

According to the Global Cybersecurity Status Report conducted by ISACA International in 2015, just 38% of global organizations claim they are prepared to handle a sophisticated cyber-attack. This scarily small figure shows just how at risk we are. Cyber-attacks are becoming increasingly common; a 2017 Malwarebytes report found that the frequency of ransomware attacks alone has increased by nearly 2000% in the past 2 years.

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Ransomware Attack Scenario at “Shoes-4-U” – How Would You React?

Ever wondered what it’s like to experience a cyber-attack? Want to know what the warning signs are? This article recreates a typical ransomware attack scenario of what a business may go through in the first 24 hours when experiencing a data breach.

The Scenario

Fictional high street shoe retailer Shoes-4-U, with branches in every town nationwide, has recently received an email from a supplier.

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Laughing All The Way To The Bank –DDoS Bank Cyber Attacks On The Rise

Lorna Fimia

How can banks protect themselves from DDoS attacks?

Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks in all sectors are becoming increasingly frequent; a 2018 study by Link11 found there were on average 102 attacks per day between April and June of this year. For banks, in particular, this is a worrying statistic due to the sensitive nature and sheer volume of private customer credentials they hold in their systems.

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The WAF Market Is Broken – Should You Care?

Max Pritchard

A WAF, standing for a Web Application Firewall, serves the purpose of protecting one or more web applications from being breached. They are widely deployed amongst businesses to help keep company records and customer information secure. Gartner notes that customers characterised WAFs as regularly being ‘frustrating’ and ‘a disappointment’. As the web becomes more complex, it’s becoming increasingly difficult for hardware vendors to meet existing and evolving requirements, such as moving web applications to cloud infrastructure (IaaS).

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Are Online Gaming Sites Gambling with IT Security?

Lorna Fimia

August has seen multiple online gaming sites hit with DDoS attacks, causing tournaments to be halted and players needing reimbursement. Some of these attacks have taken domains offline, lasting for several hours and preventing players from entering the system or playing any games.

DDoS stands for Distributed Denial of Service, meaning that the target site gets flooded with illegitimate requests, which prevents real customers from connecting.

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