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Cybersecurity threats target lack of SMB security
This article is part of the Information Security magazine issue of November 2011
To the cybercriminal tapping away on his laptop in Kiev or Baton Rouge, the server your small retail shop, architectural firm, or medical office depends on is just as appealing a target as a box maintained by Wells Fargo, Twitter, or the U.S. Department of Defense. In some ways, your server is more interesting to the guy. After all, you don’t have a full-time staff charged with guarding your network. You never bothered to change the default password or update your patches. Maybe your Facebook-addicted employee clicked on another “You’ve gotta see this!” link, allowing the crook to implant a little code on his or her machine. He’ll remember that place -- or rather, the code he banged out in 15 minutes will -- and he’ll be back later when it’s time to wake up the zombie farm to carry out a DoS attack. Worse yet, he might tunnel into your network and snatch sensitive customer or business data. Organized criminals are using exploits and malware to generate revenue and they value ROI as much as SMB owners. Easy, repeatable attacks ...
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Features in this issue
PCI Security Standards Council plans to release a list of certified components in April.
An effective risk assessment process is essential, but many factors can skew the process and get in the way of security.
ISM November 2011 cover story: Eric Ogren on how virtual desktop infrastructure enhances compliance, data protection and malware protection.
Cybercriminals are zeroing in on small and midsize businesses with fewer security resources.
Columns in this issue
Security expert and Information Security magazine columnist Marcus Ranum talks to Richard Bejtlich, CSO and vice president, Mandiant Computer Incident Response Team (MCIRT) at security firm Mandiant.
We all have an explanation for weak security, but everyone needs to do their part to improve it.
China is being accused of hacking corporate, government and military networks in the U.S. for economic gain. Policy makers need to be versed in cybersecurity and figure out how to respond.