Attack your own systems and stress-test websites before the bad guys do, security experts urge

Cloud service providers and data centres can reduce the risk of costly business interruptions & productivity losses with Informatica's Verify™ Performance, Availability & DDOS testing

TORONTO, May 15, 2014 /CNW/ - According to new data, a surge in the intensity and sophistication of denial-of-service attacks is victimizing more companies than ever before. The impact of network flooding attacks on small and medium size companies can exceed $1 million/day.

While some victims choose to pay the initial ransom requests of cyber extortionists and malicious hackers, Canadian companies choose to anticipate and prevent security breaches before they impact their businesses.

Canadian security testing experts at Informatica (SecurityandPrivacy.ca) have a simple answer: determine your points of failure before the bad guys do.

What companies are being targeted?

Traditional attacks focused on large, profitable and sensitive targets such as banks and online casinos but several factors are contributing to the shift towards a broader base of victims, primarily:

  1. Cloud service providers with inadequate security (89% of which will host sensitive data)
  2. Website hosting companies (responsible for hosting thousands of clients)
  3. Data centres, where downtime equals expensive regulatory breaches

If you have a Web site, you are a target

"Businesses need to allocate budgets to security, not just to development and marketing," said Claudiu Popa, a security author and consultant.  "Adequate protection will not only help withstand attacks but also avoid embarrassing reputation damage and increase competitiveness."

Informatica's Verify™ Performance & Availability Risk Assessment can simulate tens of thousands of simultaneous users to identify website weaknesses and anticipate application attacks.

About Informatica Security

Established in 1989, Informatica is Canada's first security-assurance-as-a-service provider, specializing in professionally certified security and privacy auditing.

Informatica provides a complete lineup of Verify™ standardized risk assessments to clients across North America including:

  • IT security & physical audits
  • Privacy Impact Assessments
  • Policies and procedures
  • Workforce security awareness
  • Compliance & Controls

White-label information security services are exclusively available to corporate partners and Fortune 1000 companies, across all industry sectors.

Reviews/pre-audit assessments for PIPEDA, PHIPA/HIPA/HIA, CASL, PCI-DSS 3.0, ISO 27000/31000, Bill198 conducted by certified security professionals and Risk Advisors.

SOURCE: Informatica Corporation

For further information: Media Information: Claudiu Popa, CEO/Principal Risk Advisor, email: Soundbites@SecurityandPrivacy.ca, www.SecurityAssessments.ca, Twitter:@datarisk, Informatica Corporation, 1 Yonge St., Toronto, Canada

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