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5 Network Vulnerability Assessment Mistakes That Businesses Make

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Most modern businesses use computer networks to share data. Whether it’s customer records, stock inventory information or internal analytics, even small businesses can now share large volumes of data. To protect your customers and your reputation, it’s vital that your network is secure, and a vulnerability assessment is an effective way to find potential weaknesses. If you’re about to conduct a new vulnerability assessment, make sure you get the right outcome from the process, and avoid the five following mistakes that can occur. Assigning the wrong owner You’re unlikely to get the outcome you need from a vulnerability assessment if you don’t use the right people to do the work. Assessors need excellent technical knowledge and good collaboration skills. As such, the wrong people often end up in charge of the job. Common (and generally ineffective) assessment owners in large businesses include: Compliance consultants, who tend to focus too closely on regulatory risks Network managers, who are often too close to the problems and can’t see any flaws in their own work General security officers, who probably don’t have the technical knowledge to ask the right questions Unsurprisingly, many companies have to recruit people for the task, on an interim or permanent basis. While this incurs extra costs, the investment is still important to your business. Ignoring business processes While the assessment aims to understand where your data network is vulnerable to malicious attack, it’s a mistake to ignore business processes. Some of these processes are particularly vulnerable. For example, any team that deals with customer payment cards must comply with PCI Data Security Standards, and employees often have to take extra steps to protect the information. A thorough vulnerability assessment won’t work if you don’t collaborate between departments. The assessor must work with technical teams AND other functions like finance, customer service and compliance to fully understand any potential issues. Failing to consider mobile computers in the assessment Customers now want to interact with your business in different ways, and you can’t assume everyone uses a desktop computer. Smartphones, tablet PCs and other mobile computers all use different operating systems to a desktop PC, and these devices often store and process information in different ways. As such, a thorough vulnerability assessment must consider every tool a customer can use to get access to your systems, or you’re likely to miss several key issues. Missing risks because of conventional thinking Thieves, hackers and saboteurs are increasingly sophisticated, and malicious attackers can always find new ways to attack your network. Some vulnerability assessments fail because hackers can think more creatively than the person looking for issues on the network. Of course, nobody can see into the future, but an effective assessment will look past conventional thinking. For example, it’s often useful to think of your network as a physical asset. If you decided to assess a building’s security, you would probably check if the perimeter wall was secure and strong enough, but what would happen if a thief no longer actually needed to get over this boundary? A good vulnerability assessment tries to think in these terms, outwitting malicious attackers as often as possible. Rushing the process You cannot view a network vulnerability assessment as a tick-in-the-box exercise. This activity is not just another routine hurdle you need to cross once...

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Is Your Online Business Growing Exponentially? 3 Ways To Keep Up

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An increase in business and website traffic is the dream of every online business. However, with growth comes new concerns, such as security and keeping up with the increased responsibility of an online business. There are ways your fledgling business can meet the demands and soar to new heights. Step Away From Shared Hosting Shared hosting plans are an excellent and economical choice during the early phase of your business. However, you may have reached the point where even unlimited shared hosting plans are not adequate. It is better to move to another form of hosting now, when transferring your website is easier, and before your customers experience slow loading times, or worse, crashes. Three options are virtual private servers (VPS), dedicated servers or colocation hosting through a place like If you are on the fence about managing your own servers, consider starting out with a VPS. The cost is typically lower and many companies that offer a VPS plan have semi-managed or fully managed options. A VPS may be a temporary fix. Although you have more space for running your business, you will share your VPS with other customers. Colocation services and dedicated servers are ideal if you want to focus on your business and leave the technology concerns to the professionals. Furthermore, both colocation services and dedicated servers do not share space with other customers. An added benefit of choosing colocation is you will own your own equipment, instead of renting a dedicated server. Invest In Software Design As your business grows, you may find that out-of-the-box software and popular content management systems (CMS) are not adequate for your business needs. Having endless bandwidth and processing speed will not matter if you do not have software that can keep up with your business. You and your designer can discuss both the client-side and server-side needs of your business. For example, you may need real-time updates on merchandise in your store, such as items in stock and their price. Your business may benefit from customized software that works with the way you order items from suppliers and input inventory into the system. The endless opportunities to tailor your business software to your needs are imperative as you experience business growth, or if you decide to take your business in a new direction. Effectively Manage Emails Keeping up with your growing business is not only about technology, but also how you use technology to manage business-related tasks. Maybe you are using a single email for your business. It is difficult to reply to customers promptly and handle customer problems when you cannot sort through emails. Furthermore, emails from vendors, contractors or your bank can become lost in the crowd. Using software to manage emails is critical for keeping your business in order. When you are selecting the right program for email management, consider how business emails are sorted and if the system works with your business. You might use a different email address for different types of email correspondence, or you may have a contact form on your website that allows customers to use a drop box to categorize their message. In either case, you want an email management program that can handle both types of correspondence, and will sort them again once they are processed by the...

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