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Securing data on-line - it's all in a day's work for Christian

10 Feb 2015

Securing data on-line - it's all in a day's work for Christian

We all enjoy the freedom that the Internet affords. However we need to be mindful of and take steps to protect ourselves against the risks associated with transmitting data on-line. Software Tester Christian Barron explains Mandata’s approach to protecting user data against cybercrime.

I’ve spent many years in software security; testing applications used in the banking, and pensions industries and the NHS where people’s sensitive information is at its highest risk. This has given me valuable insight into the changing threats we all face and must be mindful of when using Internet technology.

The security landscape is constantly changing. Any business that uses the Internet is vulnerable to attack from cybercriminals that test website security and exploit weaknesses, with a view to stealing data or disrupting systems.

I work as part of a security team which plays a vital role in our company’s approach to software development. We advise on new and emerging threats and prescribe specific security measures to be taken to halt attacks. As a matter of course, we conduct exhaustive penetration tests on our web-based software and mobile apps which are designed to ensure security levels remain at their highest.

We also enforce practices such as the use of strong user name and password conventions to block infiltrations to our software. We keep abreast of new and emerging threats and have stringent procedures in place to test new applications for vulnerabilities.

Creating software in this mobile Internet-age, we are extra vigilant of the constant and emerging threats posed to our users from cybercriminals. It’s a threat that we take extremely seriously.

According to the Cisco 2014 Annual Security Report, the volume of spam is reducing however, the proportion of maliciously intended spam remains constant.

These emails often include links to genuine websites via the attackers own website which records any information the user provides - including usernames and passwords.

Although we have taken steps to protect our on-line booking website from this form of attack and our software does not allow this practice, we advise that you remain vigilant to this type of attack when using the Internet and directly enter website addresses into browsers where possible instead of following links.

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