Keep your data safe with regular security scans
Are you making it easy for hackers to steal your customer data?
It seems lately that not a month goes by without an
announcement that some prominent company has been hacked for access to their
secure customer data. Are you certain you’re taking ALL the precautions so that
this doesn’t happen to your company next? Your credibility and business are too
important to neglect security.
While you could have the greatest IT infrastructure staff
around, you’re only as secure as your weakest link. What if your web
development staff or consultant inadvertently left a hole that exposes a way
into your database by a savvy hacker? Or, even more likely, the web site that
you produced a couple of years ago just doesn’t have the latest standards and
is vulnerable to an attack?
No matter what type of critical data you store, you should
definitely have a periodic review of your exposed systems to ensure your data
is well protected. One relatively easy
way of doing this is to use an Approved Scanning Vendor from the PCI Security
Standards Council, a list of which can be found at https://www.pcisecuritystandards.org/assessors_and_solutions/approved_scanning_vendors.
Using a reputable vendor, such as Clone Systems or Qualys,
you can set up an automated scan of your external systems. The scan will
produce a detailed report indicating first, whether you passed or failed the
PCI Compliance scan. Most scans will also give you details on your
vulnerabilities, grouped by high, medium or low, along with details on exactly
what you can do to address any issues.
It’s important that you don’t simply scan your system once
and achieve a passing score. Instead, remember that in the technology world
everything changes fast, so the web site that passed a PCI Scan a year ago
might fail if ran today. Most recommend that you run your scans at least
quarterly if not monthly.
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