Online attacks widespread; customers need protection

Online attacks widespread; customers need protection

The IT world has come to a point where attacks are almost expected. Rachel Coker writes on Binghamton University's Discover-e newsletter that chances are, most people have received at least one letter from a bank, eCommerce website or company telling them that their account information has been compromised. Even so, companies need to work to stay secure via tool such as Thawte SSL certificates, antivirus scans and code signing digital certificates.

“In the past, these announcements used to have a more negative effect,” Binghamton University researcher Ali Yayla, an assistant professor in the School of Management. “Now, the public is getting used to these security breaches. It’s just another normal part of business. Organizations lose data.”

Even so, the attacks are far more widespread than customers and even many companies may think, according to what Yayla told Discover-e. Companies themselves may not even know they have been breached or attacked, the news source said, and other companies are breached but choose not to announce it. Yayla told the school's news magazine that companies will have to use more caution in the future, as there will be different ways that cyber criminals can gain access to banking and personal information.

“Basically, the more information we store, the more we have to lose,” he says. “With smart phones, we are even more open to attacks. Mobile applications are not as secure. In the near future, we’ll be paying for products and services with our phones. What happens when we lose a smartphone that has direct access to our bank?”

Symantec said that with tools such as VeriSign SSL certificates, companies can get alerts if someone has breached them or is trying to. They also gain the ability to scan the company's online environment when needed and flexibility to stay clear of trouble online.