Preparing for Notorious Cyber Attack Dates: Radware Provides Five Steps to Secure Your Network

Preparing for Notorious Cyber Attack Dates: Radware Provides Five Steps to
Secure Your Network

With Cyber Attacks Surging on Patriotic Anniversaries and Holidays, Businesses
Must Prepare and Protect Their Critical Infrastructures Against Threats

MAHWAH, N.J., Sept. 9, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- There are several dates
throughout the year that are notorious for wreaking havoc on businesses via
denial-of-service (DoS) attacks, data breaches and even malware or botnet
assaults. As September 11^th nears, rumors about coordinated cyber attacks on
American websites continue to increase. Because of these potential risks, it's
imperative that businesses tighten their network security measures now in
order to protect themselves from potential intrusion or disruption, which can
result in profit-loss and tarnished user confidence.

According to Radware^®, (Nasdaq:RDWR) a leading provider of application
delivery and application security solutions for virtual and cloud data
centers, there are two types of dates that hackers target: ideological and
business-relevant dates. Ideological dates refer to holidays and anniversaries
that have a cultural, religious or secular tie to the adversary. High-risks
times for the United States in addition to September 11^th include Memorial
Day, Election Day and Independence Day. Business-relevant dates involve a
period of time that companies are particularly vulnerable to attacks, such as
Black Friday, Cyber Monday, or even regular business hours.

Additionally, hackers commonly use important dates and holidays to disrupt
specific industries. For example, retail and credit card companies see a
significant rise in cyber attacks between Thanksgiving and Christmas, whereas
government websites may be targeted during Election or Independence Days.

"Timing is an extremely influential risk-factor for cyber attacks throughout
the year," said Carl Herberger, vice president of security solutions for
Radware. "Hackers capitalize on overwhelming their target's environment on
days of great importance and look to exploit vulnerabilities that cause the
most detriment. Because these types of assaults show no signs of slowing, it's
crucial that businesses implement anticipatory security measures in
preparation of these peak times so that networks and data centers are able to
properly detect and defend against sophisticated threats."

There are five immediate steps that network administrators and security
professionals can take to defend and prepare their networks during these
at-risk times of the year:

  1) Identify High-risk Dates: Businesses should recognize which times of the
  year present excessive levels of risk and develop strategic plans to
  mitigate issues in the event of a cyber attack.

  2) Conduct Seasonal Risk Assessments: Once these dates are acknowledged,
  Radware recommends conducting a detailed risk assessment. Aside from
  classifying top dates for cyber attacks, companies should also highlight
  seasons for increased web traffic and periods for increased vulnerability
  that have presented an issue in the past or have the potential to be
  problematic. Through this assessment, a strategic security plan can then be
  developed. 

  3)Review Network Security Technology: Companies are also advised to plan
  ahead of seasonal risk by ensuring the network is properly and reliably
  protected by a leading network security solution. Because it could take up
  to six months to prepare in advance of high-risk dates, it is important for
  IT organizations to plan for at-risk periods ahead of time.

  4) Run Attack Scenarios: In order to ensure that security solutions are
  functioning at full capacity, Radware suggests running network simulations
  using both common and emerging cyber attacks approaches. By analyzing
  potential methods of infiltration and denial-of-service (DoS) disruptions,
  network administrators will be able to detect flaws and repair the system
  before the high-risk season commences.

  5) Educate Employees: Employees are often the weakest links in an
  organization's cyber security plan. Ensure that all staff members are fully
  aware of the latest tricks and scams that hackers are utilizing to
  infiltrate networks by providing training and ongoing education on
  organizational cyber security policies and procedures.

By implementing these best practices, businesses can prepare and fortify their
networks against heightened times of risk. Regardless of these hypersensitive
periods, businesses should employ reliable security solutions to protect their
networks year-round.

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