DNS attacks have affected 76% of organizations, leading to massive amounts of data loss and downtime. Google inches close to offering users a tool that allows full encryption of messages. All of this and more on this week's episode of IT Rewind!
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ACCORDING TO A RECENT STUDY BY HELP NET SECURITY, 76% OF CORPORATIONS HAVE SUFFERED A DENIAL OF SERVICE OR “DNS” ATTACK. MORE THAN HALF OF THOSE WHO HAVE SUFFERED AN ATTACK REPORTED LOSING CRITICAL DATA OR REVENUE AND A THIRD OF THOSE WHO HAVE EXPERIENCED DNS ATTACKS REPORTED LOSING CONFIDENTIAL CLIENT INFORMATION. SO, WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR YOU? IT MEANS THAT YOU NEED TO BE TAKING EVERY PRECAUTION TO PROTECT YOURSELF AND YOUR CLIENTS FROM THESE DENIAL OF SERVICE ATTACKS. PUT AN EMPHASIS ON SECURITY AND MAKE SURE THAT YOUR SYSTEMS ARE PROTECTED.
GOOGLE IS INCHING CLOSER TO OFFERING USERS A TOOL THAT WILL ALLOW THEM TO FULLY ENCRYPT MESSAGES. THE TOOL AIMS TO SCRAMBLE MESSAGE BEFORE THEY ARE SENT AND KEEP THEM ENCRYPTED UNTIL THE RECIPIENT DECODES THEM. ALEX STAMOS, YAHOO’S CHIEF SECURITY OFFICER, IS ASSISTING ON THE PROJECT AND ALTHOUGH THE TOOL ISN'T CONSIDERED TO BE CLOSE TO A MAINSTREAM RELEASE, GOOGLE IS HOPING TO PROVIDE THE END-TO-END ENCRYPTION TOOL SOMETIME NEXT YEAR.
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