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Securing Your Reputation…because it’s Everything.

Posted June 25, 2012    Peter McCalister

Consumer facing technology companies seem to be falling victim to data breaches more recently and as a result are coming under the microscope for not having proper security measures in place. With so much press focusing on this issue, not only are companies forced to become transparent in their security practices, their reputation is stained, resulting in consumer confidence diminishing.

Earlier this month Vincente Silveira, director at LinkedIn, confirmed a breach of security resulting in six and a half million passwords being posted on a Russian online forum. Roughly 25 percent of their worldwide users were directed to change their passwords due this immense hack. The same hacker also allegedly stole 1.5 milllion passwords from the online dating site eHarmony this month.

As an aftershock to the hype, LinkedIn is now facing a $5 million class-action lawsuit. In a recent article by eWeek, the suit claims the social networking site’s data security measures were ineffective. The article goes on to state that while LinkedIn did use a technique called hashing to encrypt information, they failed to add a second layer called salting.

Diminishing user confidence around the security of a technology’s platform can have long term effects on reputation, especially for a company that recently became publically traded. Not only user base, but investor confidence is tried too. No one says it better than Warren Buffet, “It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it.”

Taking the proper steps to have a fortified security perimeter in place prevents having to deal with painstaking damage control. Ongoing and frequently updated security processes are crucial to stay competitive in an ever-changing threat landscape.

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British Airways Executive Club Member Accounts Hacked

Posted March 30, 2015    Brian Chappell

British Airways has released information regarding the hacking of a number of their Executive Club (BA’s frequent flyer programme) member’s accounts.

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On Demand Webinar – Why You Still Suck at Patching

Posted March 27, 2015    Lindsay Marsh

On Demand Webinar: Dave Shackleford recounts some of his personal experiences in patch management failure, and breaks down the most critical issues holding many teams back from patching more effectively.

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Why You Still Suck at Patching…and How to Turn Your Life Around

Posted March 25, 2015    Dave Shackleford

Live webinar | March 26, 2015 | 10am PT/1pm ET | Dave Shackleford, SANS Instructor | Why You Still Suck at Patching…and How to Turn Your Life Around

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