TORONTO, March 31, 2014 /CNW/ - Recent statistics reveal that a quarter (24%) of all businesses fail to carry out even the most basic security reviews of their operations. Without a risk assessment, organizations are exposed to a reputational and financial impact that ranges from expensive to catastrophic, from mere embarrassment to bankruptcy.
"This is not only a tragedy, it's a serious competitive disadvantage" said Claudiu Popa, security author/CEO of Informatica. "Breaches are a preventable disease and risk assessments are simple, regular checkups that can provide early detection". Any company can initiate the process from www.SecurityAssessments.ca.
By far, ecommerce websites are the most vulnerable, because they have multiple dependencies that can result in costly outages, liability for lost data, compliance breaches and reputational damage. Claudiu Popa recommends that companies include four critical elements in every annual risk assessment:
- Privacy, complying with provincial and federal laws across Canada
- Physical, the first line of defense against malicious & accidental breaches
- Systems security, including networking, applications and mobile devices
- Website performance and availability, because every second of downtime costs
In recent weeks, major Websites including Meetup.com, Bit.ly, Basecamp and others have been attacked by extortionists whose hacking attacks sometimes include paralyzing DDOS attacks and publishing of private lists of employee/customer data. By testing Websites and applications ability to withstand attacks, companies can protect themselves and their customers.
Informatica conducts standardized security assessments that enable Canadian businesses to demonstrate compliance with applicable laws and standards. Its "zero-footprint" assessment process is Verify™.
About the Company:
Informatica is Canada's first security assurance-as-a-service company, specializing in security and privacy vulnerability assessments. To book an assessment two months or more in advance, use Special Code #NEWSWIRE.
The company's Verify™ platform is in active use by leading firms across North America to conduct independent, professional testing of systems and applications. Clearly identifying the risk, Verify™ assessments help protect Canadian companies from costly outages, performance and extortion situations, website crashes, accidental service interruptions, malicious hacking, privacy breaches, data centre breaches and policy violations.
Compliance and pre-audit services for PIPEDA, PHIPA, CASL and PCI-DSS are completed by experienced security professionals and certified Risk Advisors.
SOURCE: Informatica Corporation
For further information: For commentary and media interviews: Claudiu Popa, CEO, Informatica Corporation, email: Soundbites@SecurityandPrivacy.ca, www.ApplicationSecurity.ca, Twitter @datarisk, 1 Yonge St. Toronto, Canada, 416-431-9012