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Importance Of IT security In online business

There is no rocket science in understanding why IT security is important for your business. Those days are gone when people use to write thousands of papers to secure their valuable data. This is the digital world, and we all are dependent on the tech devices that we carry wherever we go. This important and sensitive data can make or break your business that is why it always remain vulnerable to some extent, and there have always been different concerns about its security. There is no doubt that companies are trying their best to secure their data however there are some other forces too that are continuously trying to break your security and steal your data. That is why it is important to keep your data up to date to the modern technology to secure it against the theft. Following are some statistics and points that will help you to understand why every business owner should keep its IT security imperative over anything else. The similar risk for large and small businesses: As mentioned in the report published by the cyber security department of the government in 2016, 65% of large firms detected a cyber-security breach or any kind of cyber-attack last year. 25% of the same companies also mentioned that they faced these breaches at least once a month. As a whole, these breaches cost the big firms over £3 billion and at an average, these breaches cost £36,500. Not only the big firms, small businesses or startups has also been on the target of the cyber criminals. There are many reasons why small businesses are the targets of the cyber criminals. Usually, small businesses don’t concentrate on their IT security due to the various reasons like shortage of resources and human force. That is why they are the easy targets but not as lucrative as the big firms are for the cyber criminals. Recently accumulated figures about the cyber-security breaches on the small and medium-sized businesses have cost them as much as £310,800 last year. These numbers are not as significant as compared to the loss of big business owners but at the rate at which it jumped this year from 2014 is alarming. The total cost in the year 2014 was only £115,000 which nearly doubled just by the gap of one year. Firms need to be prepared for more attacks than ever this year: At the rate on which these cyber-attacks has increased in the last two years, it is expected that this year is going to have more attacks than ever. One of the reasons behind this drastic increase in the attacks is the startups and new businesses who are underestimating their IT security and more concern about establishing their businesses first. With every passing year, businesses which are entirely dependent on the computers and the internet are losing more instead of earning. These firms are not keeping up with every new security update. Conversely, the cyber criminals are equipping themselves with every latest technology and becoming more lethal with every passing year. There is no doubt in it that these small businesses are the favorite targets of the cyber criminals. Moreover, these small businesses have also become a reason to worry for the big firms. Many big firms hire small companies as their vendors who do different work for them. The cyber criminals use this connection of big and small firms and breach the strong systems of big firms by using the small businesses. This is how these criminals are surrounding the businesses from all sides and the need for strong IT security has become the most important thing to sustain in the market for the businesses. How to ensure the security: Since cyber-security has become the major threat for businesses all over the world, companies have now started hiring the professionals to cope with it. However, small businesses who are still on their burning rate cannot get the services of the professionals to secure their businesses from such threats. For the small business owners, I am listing down some of the cost effective ways through which they can secure their digital network to some extent. Ensure the security of your staff information like passwords and usernames. Arrange a proper training session and educate your staff about the precautions that they should take while using company’s devices. Keep your computers up to date and always use paid anti-virus and encryption software for maximum security. If you provide mobile devices to your staff then standardized them. Keep updating the security on employee’s devices. Change the passwords of your computers and every account that you use after every 60 days and ensure that the changed password is stronger than the previous ones. Do not allow everyone to have access to company’s sensitive documents. Only allow the access on a need to know basis. If you can’t hire them permanently, at least hire the cyber security professionals on the contract base for 2 to 3 months every year so they can assist your IT security.

Importance Of IT security In online business

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Importance Of IT security In online business

There is no rocket science in understanding why IT security is important for your business. Those days are gone when people use to write thousands of papers to secure their valuable data. This is the digital world, and we all are dependent on the tech devices that we carry wherever we go. This important and sensitive data can make or break your business that is why it always remain vulnerable to some extent, and there have always been different concerns about its security. There is no doubt that companies are trying their best to secure their data however there are some other forces too that are continuously trying to break your security and steal your data. That is why it is important to keep your data up to date to the modern technology to secure it against the theft.

Following are some statistics and points that will help you to understand why every business owner should keep its IT security imperative over anything else.

The similar risk for large and small businesses:

As mentioned in the report published by the cyber security department of the government in 2016, 65% of large firms detected a cyber-security breach or any kind of cyber-attack last year. 25% of the same companies also mentioned that they faced these breaches at least once a month. As a whole, these breaches cost the big firms over £3 billion and at an average, these breaches cost £36,500.

Not only the big firms, small businesses or startups has also been on the target of the cyber criminals. There are many reasons why small businesses are the targets of the cyber criminals. Usually, small businesses don’t concentrate on their IT security due to the various reasons like shortage of resources and human force. That is why they are the easy targets but not as lucrative as the big firms are for the cyber criminals. Recently accumulated figures about the cyber-security breaches on the small and medium-sized businesses have cost them as much as £310,800 last year. These numbers are not as significant as compared to the loss of big business owners but at the rate at which it jumped this year from 2014 is alarming. The total cost in the year 2014 was only £115,000 which nearly doubled just by the gap of one year.

Firms need to be prepared for more attacks than ever this year:

At the rate on which these cyber-attacks has increased in the last two years, it is expected that this year is going to have more attacks than ever. One of the reasons behind this drastic increase in the attacks is the startups and new businesses who are underestimating their IT security and more concern about establishing their businesses first. With every passing year, businesses which are entirely dependent on the computers and the internet are losing more instead of earning. These firms are not keeping up with every new security update. Conversely, the cyber criminals are equipping themselves with every latest technology and becoming more lethal with every passing year.

There is no doubt in it that these small businesses are the favorite targets of the cyber criminals. Moreover, these small businesses have also become a reason to worry for the big firms. Many big firms hire small companies as their vendors who do different work for them. The cyber criminals use this connection of big and small firms and breach the strong systems of big firms by using the small businesses. This is how these criminals are surrounding the businesses from all sides and the need for strong IT security has become the most important thing to sustain in the market for the businesses.

How to ensure the security:

Since cyber-security has become the major threat for businesses all over the world, companies have now started hiring the professionals to cope with it. However, small businesses who are still on their burning rate cannot get the services of the professionals to secure their businesses from such threats.

For the small business owners, I am listing down some of the cost effective ways through which they can secure their digital network to some extent.

  • Ensure the security of your staff information like passwords and usernames.
  • Arrange a proper training session and educate your staff about the precautions that they should take while using company’s devices.
  • Keep your computers up to date and always use paid anti-virus and encryption software for maximum security.
  • If you provide mobile devices to your staff then standardized them.
  • Keep updating the security on employee’s devices.
  • Change the passwords of your computers and every account that you use after every 60 days and ensure that the changed password is stronger than the previous ones.
  • Do not allow everyone to have access to company’s sensitive documents. Only allow the access on a need to know basis.
  • If you can’t hire them permanently, at least hire the cyber security professionals on the contract base for 2 to 3 months every year so they can assist your IT security.
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With systematic methodology, businesses can identify their vulnerabilities so they can patch and make changes in policy accordingly.Types of footprinting:Whois footprintingNetwork footprintingDNS footprintingCompetitive intelligenceEmail footprintingWebsite footprintingSocial EngineeringGoogle HackingHow to perform footprinting?Footprinting is the first step, during which the hacker gathers as much information as possible to find ways to enter a target system. For successful footprinting, the attacker needs to first check the visibility of the target and see how to gather related information on the internet through open sources. Through careful analysis, the attacker can determine the scope of potential entry points. The following information can be collected:Company namesDomain namesBusiness subsidiaries  IP AddressesBusiness emails  Network phone numbers  Key employeesand so on.In hacking terms, we can call it the "Front Door" of the castle on target.  The first step of footprinting is to determine what to attack to obtain the "footprint" of the target network which includes, but is not limited to the following:HostnamesNetwork address rangesExposed hosts  Exposed applications  OS and its versionsApplication and its versionsand many more.Apart from this, the attackers have to decide the scope of the target with regards to the entire organization or certain subsidiaries or locations. Based on the scope, they start to dig deep into the information like company web-pages, related organizations, employee details, contacts, e-mail addresses, currents events, locations, news, policies, disgruntled employees, mergers, acquisitions, or events to garner some clues, opportunities, and contacts for attackers.Methods of footprinting1. Port ScanningPort scanners are used to determine live hosts on the internet and find out which Transmission Control Protocol (TCP) and User Datagram Protocol (UDP) ports are listening on each system, as well as which operating system is installed on the host. To identify the relationship of each host and potential security mechanisms between the attacker and targets, they use traceroutes.Tools:NSLookup - to perform DNS queries and zone transfersTracert - to create network maps of the target.Once port scanning and trace routing are done, attackers will create a network map that represents the target's internet footprinting.2. Google HackingDespite what you may infer from the name, this method does not involve hacking Google! This is a means by which you can collect information from the Google search engine in a smart way.Search engines have many features using which you can get uncommon, but very specific search results from the internet. Using these techniques, hackers and attackers perform a search using advanced operators, examples of which are given below.These types of operators can uncover much sensitive information that can potentially harm the target and should therefore not be revealed.Let's take an example. Go to google.com and paste this- allinurl:tsweb/default.htmYou will get more than 200 websites that have tsweb/default folder. Using this, the hacker gets a chance to get into the organization's servers. This is just one example. There is plenty of such information about targets available online, which hackers can take advantage of.3. Ping SweepIf the attacker wants to know which are the machines on your network that are currently live, they can perform a ping sweep. Ping uses ICMP packets to send echo requests to the target system,  and waits for an echo reply. If the device is not reachable, it will show a "request time out"; but if the device is online and not restricted from responding, it will send an echo reply back. Here are some tools used to perform ping sweeps through a range of devices that determine the active devices on the target network.NmapAngry IP scannerSuper Scan  Pinger etc.4.  Whois lookupThis method can be used to collect basic database queries like domain name, IP Address block, location, and much more information about the organization.Example of FootprintingLet's see an example of footprinting using the Linux tool p0f.p0f is a passive TCP/IP stack fingerprinting tool to identify the system running on machines that send network traffic to the box it is running on, or to a machine that shares a medium with the machine on which it is running. p0f can also assist in analyzing other aspects of the remote system. Basically, it is a  tool used to perform a forensic investigation of a system that has been compromised or is under attack. Using this tool, you can analyze the structure of TCP/IP packets to determine OS and other configurations of the target host. 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Once the employee has left the organization, the email account must be deleted to avoid fraudulent transactions using the same.  2. Unsubscribe from unwanted mailsAll of us keep subscribing to newsletters, events registrations, offers and to many other mail lists. While some of these lists may be useful, most of them result in unnecessary clutter in our mailbox. Unsubscribe to all unnecessary emails so that you can reduce your digital footprinting on the internet.  3. Use stealth modeThere are many browsers which help you to surf with privacy. This is how you can search online with ease and avoid websites from tracking your interests, location, etc. Using browsers like TOR, Duck Duck Go with some advance settings in your regular browser can restrict the sharing of your information online.4. Use a VPNThere are many VPNs, or Virtual Private Networks, available that you can use for privacy.  A VPN provides you with an extra layer of security to protect your privacy over the internet. 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One of the most popular testing certifications in the market, the Certified Ethical Hacker credential provides the knowledge and skills needed for ‘white hat’ hacking. Certified professionals have the competencies required to anticipate cyber-crime, respond adequately to mitigate risks and control any damages caused due to security breaches.  During the pandemic, leading organizations have turned to the digital world; and their investments in cybersecurity have increased as they have realized the critical importance of being cyber resilient. As a result, plenty of opportunities have opened up for skilled professionals in the cybersecurity wing of business enterprises and government organizations.  In this article we will be discussing the importance of the Certified Ethical Hacking course, and why you should choose this as a career option. We will talk about who is the right audience for this course, what are the benefits of gaining the certification, and what comes next.  What is Ethical Hacking? Let us first understand what ethical hacking is.  Ethical hacking is a process of penetrating  applications/networks/smart devices with official permission for checking vulnerabilities, if any. This analysis helps in taking preventive and corrective measures to improve the cybersecurity of  systems. A Certified Ethical Hacker is a professional who is skilled at understanding the vulnerabilities of various systems and fixing them in an ethical manner.  Purpose of CEH How does CEH certification stand apart from the rest of the certifications?  What can we learn from CEH in 2020?  S.NoObjectiveLearning1.Hacking Challenges on Steroids24 incredible challenges across 4 levels including 18 attack vectors2.Emerging Attack VectorsFile less malware. Targeted Ransomware, Web API threats and web shell3.Enumeration TechniquesNFS, Telnet.SMB, FTP,IPV6,BGP4.Malware Reverse EngineeringStatic and Dynamic malware analysis5.Cloud ComputingContainer Technology, Docker, Kubernetes, Serverless computing, Cloud Hacking methodology6.Hacking web applicationsWeb API.Web hooks, web shell concepts, Web API hacking and security7.Operation TechnologyICS, SCADA,PLC,HMI based attacks, Side-channel attacks8.WPA3Encryption and crackingWhy do we need to choose CEH as a career option? Ethical hacking follows five phases of processes, with each process laying out measurable ways of identifying vulnerabilities. Certified Ethical Hacker is the only certification which offers expertise across all the five phases. It is normally included as a practice in ongoing network assessment, penetration testing, or other risk assessment practices. Expansion of new technologies has increased the risk of cyber-crime, and Ethical hacking is now a standard practice across enterprises, governments, and startups. With increased dependence on data science across industries, the protection of digital and information assets is crucial. Hacking is a malicious act and companies are cognizant of these risks. To avoid attacks by hackers, all  organizations are looking for qualified ethical hackers who can protect and save their digital assets. There is an increase in the job opportunities for ethical hackers, and the industry is estimated to grow exponentially over the next 10 years due to the data surge. CEH is a career that is here to stay! Who is CEH intended for?Anyone who is interested to develop their career in ethical hacking, including the following: Information Security Analyst/Administrator Information Security Officer Information Security Manager /Specialist Information Systems Security Engineer Information Security Professional IT auditor Risk/Threat/Vulnerability Analyst System Administrators Network Administrator Network Engineer Common Job Roles for Certified Ethical Hackers Mid-level information assurance security audit Cybersecurity auditor System security administrator IT security administrator Cyber Defense Analyst Vulnerability Assessment Analyst Warning Analyst Information Security Analyst Security Analyst InfoSec Security Administrator Cybersecurity Analyst Network security Engineer SOC Security Analyst Network Engineer Senior Security Consultant Manual Ethical hacker Information security manager Jr. Penetration Tester Solution Architect Cybersecurity Consultant Security compliance analyst Technology Risk and Cybersecurity Audit Top benefits of CEH Certification  Accreditation program CEH is an ANSI accredited program It is recognized by DoD and GCHQ. The curriculum is regularly updated depending on the market need and recent trends. Exam blueprints are based on 10 different elements including the practical aspects. Rigorous standards are maintained around the development and maintenance of the certification. Global Recognition  Various job roles across the enterprises Certified Ethical Hacker (C|EH) credential is globally recognized by companies and organizations such as Deloitte, IBM, EY, and othersRemuneration  The average payout to a Certified Ethical Hacker is $89,000 per annum CEH has consistently made it to the list of top paid IT certifications over the past decade. Good Corporate Career Standard corporate career designations across  more than 30 different roles Beginner to Senior management roles – Analyst to CISO Good incentives for CEH professionals apart from salaries Strong Global community Good networking opportunity even to start your own company Mapped to Industry Frameworks Mapped to NICE 2.0 Framework Practical course and live case studies Ongoing CPEs  Ease of access Online Proctored Exams  Benefits of Skill upgrade- the CEH Master Program Holders of the CEH credential can take the next step with the CEH Master certification. Comes with practical assessments Global Recognition as an expert in Ethical hacking Performance-based training and certification Conclusion In this article we have seen the scope of CEH as a career option, the various benefits it holds, and why individuals must take this certification. The depth of roles ranges from Beginner to Expert to senior management, and there is growing global recognition for holders of this credential. As a result, you can avail of excellent job opportunities with great salaries. The next step in your learning journey can be the CEH - Master program.  
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