BLACKHAT Solutions Urges Custom Information Security as Hackers Target
While big bank cyber-fraud and exposed military secrets make headlines as the new decade
begins, the data secrets of ordinary businesses are equally vulnerable to hacker penetration. In
the absence of protective legislation, no company can afford to rely on do-it-yourself network
security because liability for leaks remains with the owner of the stolen data.
(PRWEB) January 28, 2010 -- BLACKHAT Solutions is warning small to medium businesses of their financial
and legal susceptibility in the face of increasingly sophisticated data hacking. The company, an IT security
specialist, claims the tendency for complacency, despite an increasing dependence on online transactions, is
putting business' network security at risk. It predicts that manual analysis and tailored security solutions, rather
than the automated alternative, will become standard practice this decade for businesses reliant on e-commerce.
Screening systems using off-the-shelf software will not compete with the human touch necessary to protect data
and client privacy as hackers’ expertise outstrips even the biggest name software suppliers’ efforts to thwart
It’s not the safety of data and business records alone that poses an urgent business threat in the new age of
cyber-fraud, according to Max Emeline, Director and Project Manager of BLACKHAT Solutions. Current
privacy obligations for Australian business mean that the party that owns the data is liable even when information
is stolen and misused.
“Depending on how stolen data is used, it’s the original owner of that data that can be sued if personal
information particularly, is exploited. The potential for financial impact on an organisation could be disastrous,”
“Off-the-shelf security products still play a role, but on their own are simply not adequate to protect a company’s
sensitive data to the foolproof standard of protection that online transactions and data storage requires.”