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Don’t Let a Holiday Grinch Jeopardize Your Security

Credit-CardWith the holiday season right around the corner, many consumers are contemplating how to create a plan of action for purchasing gifts and preparing for the various activities that the season brings. Unless you’re someone who operates on a cash-only basis, it’s likely that you’ll be using a credit or debit card, or possibly both, throughout the holiday season to make purchases and secure reservations. While debit and credit cards offer the undeniable convenience of swipe and go, their usage is now colored by security concerns. This is the result of multiple high-profile security breaches at companies such as Target and Home Depot that call into question the ability of technology to keep our personal information safe.

 

Earlier this month, comments from Emil Michael, the senior vice president of Uber, a ride share dispatch program, stirred up additional privacy concerns with a reminder of how much detailed user information is recorded and maintained through technology. Often this information is prolifically and voluntarily shared by consumers who provide personal info or access to physical movements in exchange for services such a convenient ride sharing, coupons or other special offers.

 

Sharing Private Info

This elevated awareness of personal security may forever change how consumers look at information privacy. A recent Pew Research Center internet project showed that 91 percent of adults believe consumers no longer have control over the collection of personal information by private companies. The project, titled Public Perceptions of Privacy & Security in the Post-Snowden Era highlights that while lack of privacy is a growing concern among consumers, most don’t know what is required to secure their own information.   Like consumers, companies that store information in a cloud environment also look to safeguard security and compliance applications. This is particularly important when you consider that one Distributed Denial of Service or DDoS attack could equate to a loss of $100,000 an hour. As a part of its secure cloud hosting protocol, NetStandard works with Radware, a leader in application security. NetStandard’s secure hosting in AccessPortal also provides protection from SYN floods, application layer attacks, DNS threats and SQL injections. When it comes to security and compliance, it’s critical to look for an organization that supports a variety of compliance consulting services. Our security and compliance services support PCI, NERC-CIP, ISO, COBIT, SSAE 16, SOX, NIST, FERPA, FFIEC/GLBA, HIPPA and many more.

 

Putting Safeguards in Place

All of our secure hosting services identify and mitigate risk of security issues through repeatable processes for plan maintenance and testing, identification of vulnerabilities in public-facing systems, documentation of security policies and procedures, and organizational risk-based assessments. Secure data storage is available from NetStandard at our main data center in downtown Kansas City as well as in off-site data center locations in Lenexa, Kansas; Dallas, Texas; and Sacramento, California.

 

NetStandard’s Full-Service Security and Compliance Consulting

  • Mobile Device Management
  • Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery Planning
  • Network Security Assessment
  • Social Engineering
  • Information Security Risk Assessment
  • Security Policy and Practice Development
  • Information Technology Audit

 

To learn more about NetStandard’s Security and Compliance Consulting Services or to register for an assessment of your company’s security needs, contact NetStandard’s consultants at info@netstandard.com.

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