How Vulnerable is Your Business Online?

In this current world where the world wide web is only ever expanding with insurmountable and relentless data capacities, it is important to put a prime on security. A Virtual Private Network (VPN) security entails a wide array of security protocols and features to assure that data transmission is safe and secure.

The most difficult challenge that you might encounter with VPN setup and configuration probably won’t be about what are the available choices but instead how to set up the server and client in such a way that it is appropriate and accurate. Users always dread this part since it’s filled with long strings of code, letters, and numbers that may be very difficult to understand. These are for the cryptographic keys which are meant to ensure that all the possible options are built the same way for the server and the client. The identity and similarity of the keys are very essential to assure the connection between the two sides. Nowadays, IT technicians and professionals usually deploy VPS to pre-configured clients that possess the install file which readily installs the keys after the configuration of the software. This is applicable to remote and mobile clients which are becoming more in number in this day and age. Clients usually prefer methods involving email or installation from flash drives, CD or DVD. With these physical objects, transfer of necessary data is much easier and more convenient which most of the time ensures users’ satisfaction and contentment with the service.

VPN security provides utmost communication privacy to users, authentication and data integrity. There are various features that make up VPN security including but not limited to:

  • secure socket tunneling protocol (SSTP),
  • internet protocol security (IPSec),
  • secure shell (SSH),
  • secure sockets layer/transport layer security (SSL/TLS),
  • datagram transport layer security (DTLS)

There are various VPN security options all over the world which caters to a wide array of necessities and needs depending on each user. Business VPNs are special in its own way as it has the ability to protect the private information of hundreds to thousands of employees and the data that they send along with its ability to protect the business from unauthorized, dangerous, and potentially destructive intrusions or invasions.

A business VPN can provide safe and better security. Even with the strongest antivirus protection and firewalls, internet connections can still be susceptible to dangerous invasions. Safe and secure data sharing, remote data access, avoid international censorship, setup and costs, management and operations and other viable features and options.

Hacking and data breaches are very common this year. The biggest data breaches could affect 100 million or more records and continue to be a concern for businesses. Hacking is still the leading cause of the biggest data breach this year. Accounting for 57.1 percent of data breaches according to Healthcare IT News and 35.7 percent due to fraud accounting for 35.7 percent.

The amount of reported breaches has dropped this year compared to the data from 2017 nevertheless, 2018 is also a record year as it is the second most reported year of breaches vying the most information exposed since the year 2005.

Barkly lists the Top 10 biggest data breaches of 2018 as of July of this year. Saks, Lord, and Taylor, reported a total of 5 million records breached. PumpUp, a fitness app also reported a total of 6 million records breached including sensitive information such as health data, photos, private messages and correspondence between users. An anonymous attacker also invaded The Sacramento Bee, a daily newspaper published in Sacramento, California resulting in the breach of two databases and 19.5 million records were breached.

A sporting and event ticketing website, Ticketfly was attacked and disrupted for a week resulting to 27 million records breached. Panera Bread, on the other hand, suffered from 37 millions of records breached. Even Facebook was not safe from security attacks when the social media site reported at least 87 million records and possibly more, with user’s data being exposed including people’s personalities, social networks, and engagements on the platform.

An online genealogy platform, MyHeritage reported 92 million records breached exposing very controversial data such as family trees and DNA. UnderArmour also reported 150 million records breached including individual’s usernames, email addresses, hashed passwords through MyFitnessPal, a platform tracking user’s diet and exercise.

Exactis, a marketing and data aggregation firm based in Florida resulting in 340 million breached exposing email addresses, physical addresses, phone number, and other personal information. Aadhaar also reported a data breach which compromised the personal information of 1.1 billion citizens.