First Line of Defense Against DDoS Attacks in a Hosting Environment

Hosting Providers and Datacenters must overcome the challenges associated with a wide range of hosting requirements; maintaining highly available applications, mission critical systems and maximum levels of reliability.

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Boost Your Security Posture through Membership in an Industry Information Sharing and Analysis Center (ISAC)

It’s a huge responsibility to try to ensure cyber security for an organization, regardless of its size. Few companies would say they have the full complement of resources they would like to have in order to properly protect themselves from cyber threats. Continue Reading →

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Six Common Sense Steps from the FFIEC to Address DDoS Attacks

Who can forget the series of distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks on American banks back in 2012 and 2013? Some of the attacks were highly effective in knocking online banking services offline for days at a time. Over time, financial institutions Continue Reading →

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Why Prompt Breach Notification Is Important

In a blog post last April, I wrote about a merchant that waited up to a year to notify customers that their payment card information may have been compromised in a breach. There were extenuating circumstances; the federal authorities investigating the breach Continue Reading →

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Specially Crafted Packet DoS Attacks, Here We Go Again

One of the most unique types of Denial of Service (DoS) attacks involves the usage of specially-crafted packets.  Most cybersecurity professionals are already familiar with volumetric and amplified DDoS attacks, but more recent attention has been surrounding fragmented and application-layer DDoS attacks. Continue Reading →

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A Real Story About Successful DDoS Mitigation

If you’re a cybersecurity professional, you may be all too familiar with the risks associated with DDoS attacks. Over the years, the threat landscape has had detrimental effects on organizations. Including, system downtime, brand damage, loss of customer confidence, and ultimately negatively Continue Reading →

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Considering Standards Security

The Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) Request for Comments (RFCs) are required by RFC 2223, Instructions to RFC Authors, to have a section titled “Security Considerations” that is supposed to call out any special security implications relating to the protocol itself or Continue Reading →

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Why Do We Call It Cyber Crime If We Don’t Treat It Like a Crime?

My subdivision outside of Houston, Texas has a monthly newsletter, and one of the features is the neighborhood police patrol report. It’s mostly stuff like items being taken from unlocked cars or suspicious people or vehicles in the neighborhood. Every now and Continue Reading →

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Why Would a Cute Little Slow Loris Take Down a Web Server?

You’ve heard of the “infinite monkey theorem,” which states that if you put a hundred monkeys in a room with a bunch of keyboards they will eventually type the works of Shakespeare. Is it possible that another little primate, the incredibly cute Continue Reading →

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DDoS Attacks Hit the World Cup. The Current Score: Anonymous 1, FIFA 0

The world’s most watched sporting event, the World Cup, is now underway in Brazil. Despite an expected audience of billions over the next few weeks, not everyone is a fan. Protesters of every ilk are using the prominence of this event to Continue Reading →

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