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Brook R. Chelmo | 16 Apr 2014 | 0 comments

brook-heartbleed-blog-1.pngOver the past week news about the Heartbleed OpenSSL vulnerability draws some similarities and also some dissimilarities to the Y2K bug; remember that?  In early 1999, there were stories of people building our survival bunkers in the basements of their homes in order to prepare for the potential fallout from the Y2K bug.  As you may recall IT companies scrambled, airlines were fraught with angst , and governments paid very large sums of money to ensure the sky wouldn’t fall down on us.  As we know now New Year’s Day 2000 came and went with nary a hitch, although companies were left to pay some hefty Y2K consultant bills (it was reported at the time that AT&T paid over $500...

Tom Powledge | 09 Apr 2014 | 10 comments

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This week a vulnerability dubbed “Heartbleed” was found in the popular OpenSSL cryptographic software library (http://heartbleed.com).  OpenSSL is widely used, often with applications and web servers like Apache and Nginx.   OpenSSL versions 1.0.1 through 1.0.1f contain this vulnerability, which attackers can exploit to read the memory of the systems.  Gaining access to the memory could provide attackers with secret keys, allowing them to decrypt and eavesdrop on SSL encrypted communications and impersonate service providers. Data in memory may also contain sensitive information including usernames and passwords.

Heartbleed is not a vulnerability with SSL/TLS, but rather a...

Elliot_Samuels | 04 Apr 2014 | 1 comment

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If you need an SSL certificate to protect your website or some other business-critical application such as email or storage systems, then you need to remember your ABCDs.

A is for the Appropriate certificate

There are a few different types of SSL certificate out there for different applications. For example, there are Unified Communications Certs (UCC) and code signing certificates. But the most common type is designed to secure a website, authenticate it and encrypt the traffic between the site and the user.

Within this group there are SSL Wildcard certificates that are ideal if you want to protect multiple subdomains of the same address, for example if you had multiple sites for different languages such as uk.company.com and us.company.com.

For other certificates, you have a choice of Extended Validation certificates which give site...

Jane Broderick | 26 Mar 2014 | 0 comments

netherlands.png‘The attacker still has the upper hand,’ says the Dutch government’s most recent Cyber Security Report. The report continues: attackers are getting smarter, more devices are being connected to the internet and yet many incidents could have been prevented by implementing basic security measures.

The human and business consequences are high. In 2011, for example, internet banking fraud alone resulted in Dutch losses of €35 million, according to the report.  Over 3 million Dutch citizens in 2013 said that they have been victims of cybercrime in the last 12 months according the Norton Cybercrime Report.

In 2012, one in eight Dutch adults were the victim of cybercrime,...

Jimmy Edge | 27 Feb 2014 | 1 comment
  1. Choosing based on price. Not all certificate authorities (CA) are the same. The security of your certificates depends in part on how secure the CA is, so it pays to choose wisely. In addition, when you’re installing new SSL certificates you need a company that can provide a full range of services and the backup to make the installation go smoothly. (Symantec secures more than one million Web servers worldwide, more than any other Certificate Authority.)
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  2. Not being prepared. Before you apply for a certificate, you will need...
Brook R. Chelmo | 18 Feb 2014 | 0 comments

For many website owners and network security admins 2013 was the final push to move older websites and servers off of 1024-bit RSA SSL certificates to 2048-bit RSA certificates. This was an industry wide effort and one that was essential to safeguard the future of SSL/TLS. For us here at Symantec it was a year of education, communication, and mobilization.  Although many people were comfortable with SSL certificate administration and the base functions of the technology, many did not understand the core aspects of SSL encryption.  Our webinars, blogs and other publications on the subjects of algorithms and encryption levels became highly popular; and still are.

Now that 2013 has come to a close and the migration from 1024-bit SSL certificates are becoming a distant memory it is time to switch your mind to hash algorithms (e.g. SHA-1) as we embark on another migration to higher cryptographic standards before 2017. Once again this is an industry wide push to ensure...

Jimmy Edge | 29 Jan 2014 | 0 comments

‘I don’t know of any reason why you[r website] wouldn't be able to rank with just HTTPS,’ says Matt Cutts of Google.

Sven29 | 23 Jan 2014 | 1 comment

SSL certificates do more than encrypt data, they also authenticate websites. This is an important and fundamental function because it builds trust. Website visitors see the SSL padlock or HTTPS and they believe that the site is genuine.

In the fight against fake sites, phishing and fraud, trustworthy SSL certificates are essential.

This is why domain-validated certificates can be dangerous.

What is domain validation?

Certificate Authorities (CAs) will issue a domain-validated certificate to anyone who is listed as the domain admin contact in the WHOIS record of a domain name. They just send an email to the contact email address and that’s it.

It is the lowest level of authentication used to validate SSL certificates. Higher levels include organisationally-validated and extended validation certificates which require more detailed checks.

Why can...

Jimmy Edge | 16 Jan 2014 | 1 comment

A UK Government public awareness campaign Cyberstreetwise.com launched this week, aiming to help educate UK consumers and small businesses about online security. The campaign, running for three months via radio, outdoor and online advertising, offers tips to help people improve their performance online, and help keep important and personal information safe.

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We know that most of the UK population are not doing enough to protect themselves, leaving themselves open for cybercriminals to access their data and abuse their personal info, tricking them into downloading malware.

Cyberstreetwise is advising people in the UK to adopt a few simple online behaviours to make them and their families safer, such as:

  1. Using strong, memorable passwords
  2. Installing...
Elliot_Samuels | 19 Dec 2013 | 1 comment

If you use SSL certificates on intranet sites with internal server names, they may not work from 1 November 2015. For companies with complex infrastructures, the change may be challenging but now is the time to start getting ready.