Last few months have seen the Lebanese government website been hacked twice, the Flame Virus spreading at a rapid pace and LinkedIn losing 1.5 million account passwords to hackers. This once again shows just how vulnerable our cyber-security is.
The 2011 Security Report by Symantec indicates a startling 81% increase globally in malicious cyber-attacks compared to last year. 5.5 billion attacks were blocked just by Symantec alone.
There are a few simple steps that Selahaddin Karatas, manager of security firm SolidPass, recommends as start-off basics:
- SSL (Secure Socket Layer) must be in place from day one.
- Login forms must be encrypted and personal data and private information should be secured in an encrypted database, and anonymised.
- Admin rights should be clearly set. It must be clear who has access to what and where.
- Businesses must be cautious of "insider" attacks.
- Programs that use private personal information or import contact address books should definitely have stronger security in place like iCloud.
Read the full article here: http://www.wamda.com/2012/07/5-simple-ways-startups-can-defend-against-hackers