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Raiding Your Business Without Opening a Door

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YOUR COMPANY'S WEBSITE IS JUST A CLICK AWAY, SO MAY BE ITS DOWNFALL.

Most businesses consider security an essential part in protecting their employees, their product, and even their office. They’ll often lock up executives’ offices, file cabinets, and outside doors after every work day to protect unwanted intrusion. They may even have a more sophisticated security system that includes motion detection sensors, window sensors, and night vision HD Cameras throughout the building with a security guard and check-in desk at the entrance. Either way, it’s clear that most businesses are rightfully concerned about their assets falling into the wrong hands, such as thieves or local competition, and are willing to go to great lengths to prevent it. But what’s often overlooked, in the process of spending a respectable sum of money and time on protecting an entire office, is their online presence.

Protecting an office building while leaving the company’s website vulnerable is almost like a Bank keeping half their money in a vault and the other half in the parking lot. With half the money in the parking lot, unguarded, it’s just a matter of time before the wrong person takes notice. The same applies to a vulnerable website eventually attracting cyber criminals, or hackers.


"The website's homepage only displayed a ransom note demanding money..."

Hackers have the ability to extract all kinds of information from a company’s website, depending on the type of content and activity being hosted of course, and use that information for financial gain, political agenda, or to simply damage your business. Whether it’s to extract sensitive personal information, including financial data, or the intent to completely wipe out your website, hackers have many different ways to succeed when proper security measures haven’t been implemented.  Robert Gallione, an online security expert at Green Group Studio, has even seen sites hijacked for ransom. He says, “There was a client who came to us for help after their entire website was taken offline from injected Malware. The hacker was able to exploit a security vulnerability within this client’s content management system to hijack and encrypt the site, effectively taking it down. The website’s homepage only displayed a ransom note demanding money to have it unencrypted and working again. We were able to resolve the issue by restoring a backup that was taken prior to the attack, and then made the necessary patches to their website’s code to prevent any future vulnerabilities.”

HOW TO PREVENT


SQL Injection:
Using up-to-date software and non-depreciated development procedures when creating your company's website. Your web developer should always use the latest software and development procedures, while offering ongoing checks for website code vulnerabilities to reduce risk.
 
Cross-Site Scripting (XSS):
Proper development procedures and frequent website updates through your web developer. Since XSS vulnerabilities are mostly found in JavaScript code which is used by every modern website and browser, this is very important.
 
Brute-Force:
By utilizing a web design firm's "Brute Force Prevention Service". This type of service is designed to protect your site's forms from multiple failed login attempts coming from a single IP Address. This way, if a Brute-Force Program runs on your website, it will be stopped in its tracks before it can inflict any damage.
 
Malware/Malicious Software:
Regularly updating your website, especially as soon as required updates are available, using up-to-date plugins, and running a Malware scanner on your website daily.

 
Green Group Studio offers all of the above solutions and can be reached at (561) 594-7336 for more information


As hackers become more sophisticated, proper measures to safeguard a company’s website is proportionately growing even more important. Just as a burglar can enter an office through an unlocked window or door, or even gain access through a stolen key, hackers have a myriad of options to find a site’s potential weaknesses. Robert warns that the most serious threats to a site’s online security comes from SQL injections, Cross-Site Scripting, Brute-Force attacks, and Malware.“Websites can be exposed to these types of attacks at any time, but with proper protection from a professional it can certainly be stopped,” he adds.

 

Robert Gallione and the rest of Green Group Studio’s web security specialists can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Chief Environmental Officer - Allen has over 18 years of design experience ranging from website & graphic design to technical CAD design and 3D animation. Mr. Borza earned a BS degree in Media Arts & Animation from the Art Institute of Ft. Lauderdale. An entrepreneur at heart, Allen works with clients to truly understand their business and how technology and design can help them improve sales, conversions and brand awareness.

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