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

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.

What other questions or observations can I use?

See if the provider offers 24/7 phone support that's toll-free in your area. If a person answers your call rather than a recording, that's a plus.

Are there other security concerns to consider as I expand my e-commerce capabilities?

Determine if the host provides secure hosting using SSL, and a "Shopping Cart." SSL is necessary to collect credit-card payments on your site.

What about security concerns, if any, under cloud computing?

Generally, cloud computing solutions have focused on large enterprises, but solutions are becoming more germane and better focused on challenges impacting SMBs. You should look specifically at a Web-hosting provider that recognizes how different the needs of SMBs are than those of enterprise organizations. What the "cloud" offers, basically, is a way to leverage the resources of the Internet, such as increasing capacity or adding capabilities on the fly without investing in new infrastructure, training new personnel, or licensing new software. It encompasses many subscription-based or pay-per-use hosting services that, in real time, extends existing IT capabilities.

In addition, cloud-computing services provide additional dynamic and on-demand features that SMBs will find advantageous. These services may also prove valuable as an SMB's business grows. With the click of a button, SMBs can upgrade services with their provider and better serve new customers.

Clearly, security is -- and should be -- of critical concern to SMBs, especially if they engage heavily in e-commerce. Until recently, there was a perception that cyberattacks were something only enterprises should worry about. But as hackers persist and get more sophisticated, SMBs are getting very serious about protecting their information and securing their data. Which is why it is critical for small businesses to address security concerns as they expand their online presence.

Mitch Merrifield is senior director of managed computing solutions for Verio.

Previous
2 of 2
Next
Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Register for Dark Reading Newsletters
White Papers
Flash Poll
Current Issue
Video
Slideshows
Twitter Feed
Dark Reading - Bug Report
Bug Report
Enterprise Vulnerabilities
From DHS/US-CERT's National Vulnerability Database
CVE-2013-5704
Published: 2014-04-15
The mod_headers module in the Apache HTTP Server 2.2.22 allows remote attackers to bypass "RequestHeader unset" directives by placing a header in the trailer portion of data sent with chunked transfer coding. NOTE: the vendor states "this is not a security issue in httpd as such."

CVE-2013-5705
Published: 2014-04-15
apache2/modsecurity.c in ModSecurity before 2.7.6 allows remote attackers to bypass rules by using chunked transfer coding with a capitalized Chunked value in the Transfer-Encoding HTTP header.

CVE-2014-0341
Published: 2014-04-15
Multiple cross-site scripting (XSS) vulnerabilities in PivotX before 2.3.9 allow remote authenticated users to inject arbitrary web script or HTML via the title field to (1) templates_internal/pages.tpl, (2) templates_internal/home.tpl, or (3) templates_internal/entries.tpl; (4) an event field to ob...

CVE-2014-0342
Published: 2014-04-15
Multiple unrestricted file upload vulnerabilities in fileupload.php in PivotX before 2.3.9 allow remote authenticated users to execute arbitrary PHP code by uploading a file with a (1) .php or (2) .php# extension, and then accessing it via unspecified vectors.

CVE-2014-0348
Published: 2014-04-15
The Artiva Agency Single Sign-On (SSO) implementation in Artiva Workstation 1.3.x before 1.3.9, Artiva Rm 3.1 MR7, Artiva Healthcare 5.2 MR5, and Artiva Architect 3.2 MR5, when the domain-name option is enabled, allows remote attackers to login to arbitrary domain accounts by using the corresponding...

Best of the Web