Phishing is a serious threat to any industry. We have seen this topic appear in the news more each day. You might have already received a fraudulent email from what seemed to be your bank or even seen the hacking that took place during the 2016 US presidential election. But what do you know about phishing?
What is Phishing?
Phishing is the fraudulent attempt to obtain sensitive information like login information or other personal identification information (PII), which is any data that could potentially identify a specific individual, such as:
credit card details,
SSN (Social Security Number),
bank account information,
secret question answers
Even partial information can increase the chances of success to subsequent social engineering attacks.
As we take a step back and think about how much the Internet has grown over the past 20 years, we realize how much content/data has been made available to everyone.
Moving forward, there’s no reason to expect data availability to slow down. In fact, insideBIGDATA claims:
There are many sources that predict exponential data growth toward 2020 and beyond. Yet they are all in broad agreement that the size of the digital universe will double every two years at least, a 50-fold growth from 2010 to 2020.
Every year we see an increase in website attacks during the holidays.
While business owners see their sales go up due to promotional Black Friday and Cyber Monday campaigns, hackers are in the background working nonstop to create malicious, fraudulent websites as well as take advantage of legitimate ones.
Main Cyber Monday Threats
One of the major risks to consumers is phishing campaigns.
Carefully crafted phishing login pages convince users they are logging into a valid service.
Welcome to the sixth post of a series on understanding the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard–PCI DSS. We want to show how PCI DSS affects anyone going through the compliance process using the PCI SAQ’s (Self Assessment Questionnaires).
In the previous articles written about PCI, we covered the following:
Requirement 1: Build and Maintain a Secure Network – Install and maintain a firewall configuration to protect cardholder data.
Requirement 2: Build and Maintain a Secure Network – Do not use vendor-supplied defaults for system passwords or other security parameters.
Though the Sucuri Firewall is simple to set up and protects your website immediately, it’s possible to have granular control of the WAF by using an API.
For instance, there’s a specific filter inside the WAF dashboard called Emergency DDoS. This filter basically increases the strength of the DDoS protection to an “emergency” level where most non-human access is blocked.
API to Boost Firewall Protection
The Firewall API is mostly used for whitelisting and clearing the website cache.
In our previous post, we have discussed why marketers should have a proactive approach to website security. Today we are going to discuss some security tips marketers can put into practice. In the simplest terms, website security means three things here at Sucuri:
Protecting your website from compromises.
Monitoring for issues so you can react quickly.
Having a documented emergency response plan.
Marketers should champion these initiatives so they can be prioritized by their business development team.