The OWASP (Open Web Application Security Project) Top 10 is a standard security guideline followed by developers and security professionals across the industry. The OWASP is a non-profit organization started in 2004 to help secure applications against popular vulnerabilities.

As software development practices have evolved over the years, so have the nature of attacks. To stay relevant as per current day complex security vulnerabilities, OWASP keeps updating its vulnerabilities list based on the current trends (OWASP is currently in its 2017 edition).

Having understood what OWASP Top 10 standard is, let’s look at each one of them with a real-world example to help our understanding.

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Businesses are the common targets of hackers. Thus, if you have a business, you need to prioritize its safety at all times. This is especially true today when everything is readily accessible through the internet. 

If you store your business data digitally, it might be at risk of attacks from hackers. Malicious parties might infiltrate your system in various ways, including phishing. Of course, this growing trend is caused by the fact that most businesses depend on the internet to monitor finances, maintain inventory, conduct marketing, and connect with clients, despite the increasing risks.  

If your goal is to keep your business safe from future phishing and hacking attempts, here are several ways to protect your devices from hackers. 

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All your files have been encrypted!

That’s how cybercriminals notify you of a ransomware attack on your computer. They further ask you to pay the ransom amount to recover your files, which hardly happens in real life.

Ransomware locks all your files and renders your system useless. Many people pay the cybercriminals in the hope of recovering the data. However, the unethical group hardly ever provides you with the decryption key. Thus, causing data and financial loss at the same time.

Luckily, several antimalware programs can stop such attacks in real-time. In this article, we will look at some ransomware trends of 2021 and how dangerous they are.

So, without any further ado, let’s begin.

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It’s all quiet on the cybersecurity front – at least according to industry analysts. Kaspersky noted that Q2 2021 ended with a relative downturn in the number of global cybersecurity attacks, with the ever-popular DDoS attack route experiencing a 38% reduction in total attempts. Despite this, rumblings continue under the surface as analysts look at the impact of vulnerabilities found in DNS hosts and providers across the world. DNS attacks are taking off and having a serious impact on the profitability and safety of businesses across the world, and questions remain over whether new technology can make a serious impact.

The state of play

There is reason to be concerned over the current level and scope of DNS vulnerability exploits and other attacks. DNS attacks rose significantly in the 2020/21 financial year, with 90% of US businesses self-reporting such attacks on their systems. This is largely down to new and sophisticated forms of software and attack vectors that can target DNS in a far more productive manner. Security Week highlights one exploit of AWS Route 53 which, according to their estimates, could be utilized for ‘nation-state’ levels of spying on American businesses. The world has largely wised up to the threat of DDoS attacks – although the cost of protection is often substantial – and that means other forms of attack are seeing innovation. Via DNS is clearly a favored route, at least for the time being.

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Threats to your business data can be really damaging if you are not careful. But they are completely avoidable when you have the right safeguards in place. If you are wanting to ensure that you can conduct business without a lot of issues along the way, then investing in the right methods will help. 

There are a lot of things that you should consider when it comes to keeping your business data secure. Some of the steps to consider include:

 

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DDoS attacks and other forms of botnet attacks remain some of the biggest cybersecurity challenges that are often the most difficult to defend against. In 2020 and early 2021, the number of DDoS attacks is continuously increasing, and the number of active malicious botnets is also rapidly increasing to a very alarming number. 

With that being said, in this guide, we are going to discuss effective botnet prevention methods to protect your website and network. 

We won’t be able to successfully prevent botnet activities without first understanding what a botnet is and how it works. So, let us begin this guide by discussing the concept of the botnet itself. 

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Small companies are attractive targets for cybercriminals because they don’t have the resources to combat it like the more prominent companies. Or they’re hoping that they don’t. Has a data breach compromised your company? Consider bringing in a digital forensics investigator that can root out any security issues they find when examining your setup. They’re invaluable resources for data recovery, digital forensics analysis, expert witness testimony, and much more.

Keeping your customers’ data protected is essential not only for their protection but for your business. We live in a digital era where even companies like Facebook and Instagram are vulnerable to cyber-attacks and hackers. Encourage your employees to create complex passwords, run virus and malware scans daily on work computers and destroy all data before disposing of it. Every and any company, no matter how big or small, can be susceptible to cyberattacks.

Here are some actionable, practical steps you can take to keep your customers’ information more secure today.

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According to the Small Business Administration’s Office of Advocacy, there are 30.2 million small businesses in the United States, making up 99.9% of all businesses in the country. Due to such a sizeable representative percentage, any discussion about cybersecurity statistics should focus on small businesses.

While the SBA defines small businesses as any business with less than 500 employees, most have far fewer, making them soft targets for cybercriminals. For small businesses, fewer resources mean they should approach cybersecurity in a much different way to larger enterprises, using more innovative and more agile protection methods. 

Small Businesses Cybersecurity Plan

A small business cybersecurity plan outlines the steps and measures to secure a business from attacks like malware, phishing, and ransomware. While most small businesses may not see the need to document such a plan, it is critical to ensure compliance across the company. 

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2020 has initiated a sea change into the way organisations of all shapes and sizes approaches business. The new normal is here to stay for a while even after the pandemic subsides and remote and anywhere operations will remain the new norm for companies across the world. To meet the new needs of remote consumers and clients, companies have tried their very best to leverage technological assets for seamless delivery of products and services.

However, security has remained a concern as data breaches have raised dramatically with 36 billion records exposed just in the first half of 2020. If there is a New Year’s resolution going forward for businesses, it should one of building resilience and a secure environment for our partners, customers, employees and the extended network. Keeping and building on their trust has never been more important than at this particular juncture in history.

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Understanding is the first step to combating Phishing: Types, Methodology & Prevention Tips 

According to the 2019 Data Breach Investigations Report (DBIR) by Verizon, phishing is the leading cause of data breaches. The data also shows us that phishing is also widely utilized for cyber espionage with more than three-quarters of all known incidents involving phishing.

The statistics are also resonated by IBM’s findings in the 2019 Cost of a Data Breach report, where fifty-one per cent of incidents in all surveyed organizations involved malicious attacks with “malware infections, criminal insiders, phishing/social engineering and SQL injection.” 

Clearly, phishing continues to dominate as the one of the most persistent and highly effective tools of cyber-attacks. In this article, we will take an in-depth look at what phishing is, types of phishing and how to protect your business from these types of attacks.

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