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Network Security for Your Small Business

It may seem logical to think that data thieves would generally target larger companies, and the smaller ones such as a small business would be overlooked. Why, after all, would someone bother hacking a small business for a few thousand pieces of information when they could hack a big one and get tens of millions? Sadly, there is a powerful incentive for such criminals to target smaller businesses: They tend to be woefully defended against cyber security threats, and even if the profit is not as great, the relative ease of it still makes small businesses a very attractive target.

What is HeartBleed?

What is Heartbleed?

Heartbleed is a serious security bug in the OpenSSL cryptography library. Its official reference is CVE-2014-0160[1]. This bug is the result of a missing bounds check in the heartbeat function.

What is an SSL heartbeat?

Without the heartbeat function, this bug would not exist, so it’s important to understand the feature being exploited.