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You don't have to look very far to find an example of a malicious cyberattack. For example, the June 2017 hack of password manager OneLogin. Intruders accessed a set of Amazon Web Services (AWS) keys and were able to unencrypt data that was assumed to be secure. What makes this breach even scarier is that many people who use a password manager like OneLogin don't just use it for personal passwords. They use it for work passwords, too. 

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Hacker Recon.jpgWhat does a hacker want to know about your system? What OS you’re running? Your IP address? Your CRM vendor? Malicious breaches are happening at an ever-increasing rate, and it’s tough to know what angle a hacker plans to use to exploit you. Attacks in the healthcare industry in particular are on the rise, thanks to the valuable personally identifiable information (PII) and electronic protected health information (ePHIthese providers house. While the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), along with other mandates, puts in place a range of safeguards, getting inside the mind of a hacker can also go a long way toward protecting yourself.
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You’ve got too much going on just trying to keep your business or organization profitable to worry about every new security exploit that compromises not only your assets, but inherently, your clients’ trust.
Case in point, password manager OneLogin was recently hacked by an actor that accessed a set of Amazon Web Services (AWS) keys that allowed them to possibly decrypt encrypted data. And even more alarming, a defense contractor stored United States intelligence data in the AWS cloud completely unprotected. In the case of OneLogin, a number of personal accounts were at risk, but a large number of users likely stored work passwords, as well, that could have been extracted from the breach. (more…)

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Tall, broad, and bald, Peter Marsh fits the image of a man leading a security team. But unlike the bouncers that protect the clubs that line Austin, Texas’s busy Sixth Street, Peter guards Hostway's most valuable possession—our customer’s data. 
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As we edge closer to the holiday season, these next few weeks and months are a critical time of year for website security for eCommerce retailers. Companies are gearing up for significantly boosted online traffic as consumers set out to find the perfect gift for everyone on their lists.

Holiday Shopping by the Numbers

eCommerce Security: Current Threat Environment

This time of year especially shines a light on security, though, as malicious actors and cybercriminals are also aware of the uptick in sales and online shopping:

So, what can online retailers do to better safeguard their platforms and their customers' information? There are a few essential steps businesses can take right now to better enable security during the holiday shopping season, and Hostway is here to help.

Hostway's eCommerce Series

We've created a series of short videos featuring Kai Armstrong, Hostway's eCommerce product manager, that covers best practices you can immediately put into action to ensure a secure shopping experience for your customers.
You’ll get tips on the following:

  1. Strong passwords: As passwords enable access to the online platform and the critical information contained there, it's important to use strong passwords. A strong password used in combination with password management tools can help boost website security.
  2. Data backup: Having a robust data-backup strategy in place can reduce the risk and impact of downtime. Many industry-leading eCommerce platforms – including Magento – have built-in backup tools that your eCommerce solution provider can help you use.
  3. Patching: A website that isn't completely up to date with its security patches is vulnerable to attack. For this reason, it's imperative that eCommerce retailers ensure that all available patches have been applied to their online platforms.
  4. SSL Certificates: SSLs are important eCommerce transactions, helping to ensure sensitive financial and personal information is protected throughout the purchase process, while giving shoppers additional peace of mind.

Watch the full video series here >>>
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