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Five Tips to Help Retailers Reduce Risk Of Cyber Attacks For Holiday Season

Solutionary encourages Internet merchants to increase security measures in advance of holiday shopping season

OMAHA, Neb., Nov. 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Solutionary, a leading information security company, has offered cyber security tips to retailers that are preparing for Black Friday, Cyber Monday and the holiday shopping season.

This holiday season, as traffic for many retail sites reaches a year-long high, companies across the industry become most vulnerable to hackers and cyber attacks.

"The holiday shopping season is a crucial time for online retailers to increase yearly sales numbers and grow their businesses," said Steve Idelman, Chairman of the Board and CEO of Solutionary. "A site outage or security breach during this time could negatively impact not only the company's seasonal sales but also its reputation. One serious incident could effectively put a company out of business. As a result, it has never been more important for these organizations to understand the risks they face this time of year - and how they can best protect their businesses and customers."

Security efforts of retailers should encompass the company's full network, including all applications, databases, devices and processes. Solutionary's information and cyber security experts recommend online retailers take these security precautions leading up to the holiday shopping rush:

-- Plan - ensure sufficient network capacity and staff are available or on demand to support the increased traffic. -- Assess and Test - identify site and network vulnerabilities proactively so they can be patched in advance, before the rush begins. -- Freeze - stop all site and network changes to ensure no new vulnerabilities are introduced. If unexpected changes are seen, they can quickly be identified as a security breach. -- Monitor - increase monitoring sensitivity to enable faster breach identification and attack patterns. -- Respond - validate and test incident response processes and plans so breaches can be responded to appropriately and quickly to minimize impact. Testing and validating is critical; over-reacting can be just as dangerous and potentially harmful as under-reacting.

For more information on Solutionary's security services for retail companies, visit http://www.solutionary.com/solutions_services/index.html.

About Solutionary

Solutionary is an information security company that delivers a wide range of managed security solutions and professional services to reduce risk, increase security and ensure compliance for medium-to-large businesses.

The company's services are based on next generation security intelligence and offer true security and compliance management. Solutionary provides customers with advanced service delivery, patented technology, thought leadership, years of innovative groundwork and proprietary certifications that exceed industry standards, enabling the company to have one of the highest client retention rates in the industry.

Solutionary is positioned by Gartner as a "visionary" in the MSSP Magic Quadrant, and Forrester as a "strong performer" in the MSSP Wave. The company maintains 24/7, fully redundant security operations centers (SOCs) in Pittsburgh and Omaha where it is headquartered.

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