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Demystifying the 's' in https - How SSL and TLS work!

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As the adoption of SSL enabled websites becomes more prevalent, with major providers such as Facebook, Flickr and Google now defaulting to HTTPS, the need to be able to analyze SSL traffic is a necessary requirement.  Most web filtering solutions allow you to block entire websites, for example if you want to block the whole of Facebook. However if you want more granular filtering on HTTPS sites like Facebook, then you need to read the URL itself, which is protected by SSL.

WebTitan 5.00 is now available! Entirely re-written for improved performance including key new features such as SSL inspection and advanced safe search.

network security, internet security

SpamTitan Technologies today launched the latest version of WebTitan, its on-premises web filtering appliance for businesses both large and small. WebTitan 5.00 has been re-engineered to provide improved functionality, speed, and scalability. It also now includes advanced https filtering for sites using SSL inspection. It solves a key issue for the education sector: it supports  “YouTube for Schools" and "Safe Search" options, which remove inappropriate search engine when offering internet access to minors and children. The Safe Search functionality within WebTitan supports all leading search engines, including Google, Bing and Yahoo.

Holiday online shopping discounts mean employees forget or ignore basic email and web security precautions.

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Is your company network security poised and ready for the annual shopping fest that is thanksgiving weekend? As discount codes do the rounds and  employee email inboxes fill with Black Friday and Cyber Monday special offers the risk of phishing and spam emails being treated as legitimate increases.  The month between Thanksgiving and Christmas are the biggest weeks for online spammers with 80 percent of annual online sales happening during that period. And the weekend from Black Friday' through to  ‘Cyber Monday' are the busiest four days of the year for online shopping. Much of the online scams also go down this weekend.

No System Is Hacker Proof - Small Businesses are Increasingly Targeted in Unusual Ways!


It’s not a good idea to underestimate the creativity of hackers. Who would've throught ordering chinese food would have network security implications? Everyone knows that the web 
is a willing vehicle for introducing security threats into a business computer network, but cybercriminals manage to come up with web attacks that even the most cautious businesses wouldn’t expect. Recently hackers breached the computer network at an oil company by loading a menu from a Chinese restaurant that was popular with company employees with malware. Without adequate web security in place to block malware laden sites all the hackers needed to infiltrate the network was for employees to interact with the online menu.

Hacked phone system costs small firm $166,000

A San Francisco architectural firm ran up phone bills totaling $166,000 in just one weekend last spring. The firm’s phones were used to route calls to premium-rate telephone numbers in Gambia, Somalia and the Maldives. The phone bill was especially dumbfounding because no one had been in the office that weekend; hackers had broken into the phone system and used it to make thousands of calls.

Legal change around email archiving & e-discovery sparked by employee workplace discrimination case!

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Archiving speeds responses to audits, discovery requests, and other data demands. With fast and accurate cloud search, a business can scour millions of documents and find exactly what it needs – in seconds.

Reduce your companys onsite data footprint with cloud archiving!

email archiving, network security

There are a  few good reasons why cloud computing has become so popular and prevalent.  Beyond the obvious reduction in IT costs, there is the reduced responsibility for housing one’s own data- there are several benefits for reducing one’s onsite data footprint in this manner.

Beware of Network Security Risks as Ebola Phishing Scams Spread

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Unfortunately, it’s pretty predictable. People are dying of a terrible disease, and the criminal underworld just sees dollar signs. Ebola scams are flooding inboxes, and many of them are intent on spreading their own viruses. A Trojan is the hidden nasty surprise in many of the emails currently making the rounds that purport to contain important information about the disease. A typical example is an email that supposedly comes from telecommunications company Etisalat and promises an informative PDF presentation about Ebola.

Safeguarding IT Security When Employees Leave | Data Security

email security, network security

There have always been security issues with former employees. Did Joe have only one set of keys? Did Mary really leave with the company Rolodex? But the issues of 50 years ago were mild compared to the issues that companies face today when an employee quits or is terminated. An employee today could be walking off with passwords or confidential information that could potentially destroy a company.

Debunking Common Misconceptions and Myths about Email Archiving

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From funny cat videos to financial data and document edits, the amount of information that flows through business email conversations is vast and touches every department in an organization. Despite this, only about 1 in 3 organizations have email record retention policies in place, according to the American Management Association. Why don’t we see more? I suspect some common misconceptions about archiving are partially to blame. 

Here’s what you need to know about Business Data Retention Laws!

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Many people believe only regulated businesses have to preserve emails and other digital files – this is a dangerous misconception. Data retention laws affect most businesses, regardless of whether they’re regulated or not.  Which laws you must follow depends on the country in which you operate.  In the USA, the list of regulations is long:  SOX, HIPPA, Franks-Dobbs, Gramm Leach Bliley, and even the US Patriot Act.  In Europe, there are specific laws for EU member countries as well as The European Union as a whole.

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