Thursday, 4 August 2011

Protect yourself before you wreck yourself...

Cyber attacks have become more dangerous than ever before. Our systems have never looked this vulnerable. Imerva has reported that web applications are attacked around 27 times per hour. Web sites are hit by automated attacks on average 25,000 times in just one hour (that's seven attacks a second). In a time where cyber criminals are getting cleverer and creating more sophisticated techniques to hack into your personal and business data, one has to be one step ahead of them.

Firebrand was the first to launch CEH v7 in the UK. The newest version of EC-Council's Certified Ethical Hacker Training includes an entire module on countermeasures, with detailed explanation of how to implement them in real life. There is also a complete section dedicated to penetration testing - the method of evaluating the security of a system or network by simulating an attack from a malicious source.

If you were the victim of a hack, your systems would need to be treated like any other crime scene. The affected area should be isolated, before the forensics begin. The role of the Computer Hacking Forensic Investigator (CHFI) is to determine the source of a hack, understand the damage caused, and to repair the damage. Make yourself a digital Sherlock on the CHFI course.