Risk
12/27/2010
05:24 PM
Commentary
Commentary
Commentary
Connect Directly
RSS
E-Mail
50%
50%

As More SMBs Engage Online Security Concerns Grow

Almost three quarters of small and midsize businesses were victims of cyberattacks in the past year; these tips on Web hosting and cloud security can help boost your businesses defenses.

While two of five small-and medium-sized businesses still don't have an online presence, those that do increasingly worry about the security of their data, in particular, as they conduct more business through their Web sites. A June 2010 survey by Symantec of 2,152 global SMBs revealed small businesses rank online attacks and information loss as their top business risks.

It's understandable; 73% reported they were the victims of cyberattacks in the past year and 42% said they had lost confidential or proprietary information. And considering the costs of a single breach: $202 per customer record according to a Ponemon Institute study, security continues to be a growing concern. SMBs also wonder about security with cloud computing, the Internet service which enables users to share resources and information and which is provided to users over the Internet and on-demand.

And for those SMBs that work with a Web hosting provider, they don't always know how breach-proof their Web site is, especially given the security of their site is largely based upon the infrastructure their hosting partner is providing. This includes being fully compliant with data security and privacy regulations. Here are some tips SMBs should consider when assessing a current or prospective Web hosting provider's security.

What features ensure that systems, applications, and data residing on them are secure?

These include the physical security of the provider's network operations center, data centers, and individual servers as well as the robust nature of its systems security -- its firewalls and intrusion-detection and prevention systems. Make sure, for instance, that if something happens to the provider's main data center, there are proper backup plans in place.

Specifically, how do I tell just how secure a Web hosting provider is?

Use several approaches. Ask about internal firewalls. Find out what they use to keep the nasty people out, and then go online to see what people say about those products. And check about backups and whether they back things up for you. How many levels of backup do they provide?

Previous
1 of 2
Next
Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Register for Dark Reading Newsletters
Partner Perspectives
What's This?
In a digital world inundated with advanced security threats, Intel Security seeks to transform how we live and work to keep our information secure. Through hardware and software development, Intel Security delivers robust solutions that integrate security into every layer of every digital device. In combining the security expertise of McAfee with the innovation, performance, and trust of Intel, this vision becomes a reality.

As we rely on technology to enhance our everyday and business life, we must too consider the security of the intellectual property and confidential data that is housed on these devices. As we increase the number of devices we use, we increase the number of gateways and opportunity for security threats. Intel Security takes the “security connected” approach to ensure that every device is secure, and that all security solutions are seamlessly integrated.
Featured Writers
White Papers
Cartoon
Current Issue
Dark Reading's October Tech Digest
Fast data analysis can stymie attacks and strengthen enterprise security. Does your team have the data smarts?
Flash Poll
Video
Slideshows
Twitter Feed
Dark Reading - Bug Report
Bug Report
Enterprise Vulnerabilities
From DHS/US-CERT's National Vulnerability Database
CVE-2014-1927
Published: 2014-10-25
The shell_quote function in python-gnupg 0.3.5 does not properly quote strings, which allows context-dependent attackers to execute arbitrary code via shell metacharacters in unspecified vectors, as demonstrated using "$(" command-substitution sequences, a different vulnerability than CVE-2014-1928....

CVE-2014-1928
Published: 2014-10-25
The shell_quote function in python-gnupg 0.3.5 does not properly escape characters, which allows context-dependent attackers to execute arbitrary code via shell metacharacters in unspecified vectors, as demonstrated using "\" (backslash) characters to form multi-command sequences, a different vulner...

CVE-2014-1929
Published: 2014-10-25
python-gnupg 0.3.5 and 0.3.6 allows context-dependent attackers to have an unspecified impact via vectors related to "option injection through positional arguments." NOTE: this vulnerability exists because of an incomplete fix for CVE-2013-7323.

CVE-2014-3409
Published: 2014-10-25
The Ethernet Connectivity Fault Management (CFM) handling feature in Cisco IOS 12.2(33)SRE9a and earlier and IOS XE 3.13S and earlier allows remote attackers to cause a denial of service (device reload) via malformed CFM packets, aka Bug ID CSCuq93406.

CVE-2014-3636
Published: 2014-10-25
D-Bus 1.3.0 through 1.6.x before 1.6.24 and 1.8.x before 1.8.8 allows local users to (1) cause a denial of service (prevention of new connections and connection drop) by queuing the maximum number of file descriptors or (2) cause a denial of service (disconnect) via multiple messages that combine to...

Best of the Web
Dark Reading Radio
Archived Dark Reading Radio
Follow Dark Reading editors into the field as they talk with noted experts from the security world.