Tuesday, 17 July 2012

Five simple ways start-ups can defend against hackers

In the last two months, the Lebanese government website has been hacked twice, the Flame Virus spread at a rapid pace taking the digital world by storm and LinkedIn lost 1.5 million passwords to hackers. This is again highlighting the importance of cyber-security.

Symantec’s 2011 Security Report reveals an 81% increase globally in malicious cyber-attacks last year, with 5.5 billion attacks blocked just by Symantec alone.

There are a few measures that Selahaddin Karatas, manager of security firm SolidPass, recommends as start-off basics:

  1. SSL (Secure Socket Layer) should be adopted from day one. 
  2. Login forms must be encrypted. Personal data and private information should be anonymized and secured in an encrypted database.
  3. Admin access rights should be clearly set. It must be clear who has access to what and where.
  4. Procedures should be in place to prevent "insider" attacks.
  5. Softwares/Programs which take private personal information or import contact address books should have stronger security in place like mobile apps like Path and iCloud.