Testing_And_Monitoring_Of_Networks_For_Security

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Summary:
eBay, iTunes, PayPal – these are just a few of the places that most of us
enter our credit card and personal information every day. Since the
internet became an integral part of each of our lives, the treat of
identity theft is a daily reality for all but the most paranoid of
internet users.

While we assume that the sites listed above are secure, how many of us
have in fact checked to see to what lengths these companies go to keep
their user’s information safe from hackers...


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event planning,event planning software,conference,meeting,seminar,trade
show, security


Article Body:
eBay, iTunes, PayPal – these are just a few of the places that most of us
enter our credit card and personal information every day. Since the
internet became an integral part of each of our lives, the treat of
identity theft is a daily reality for all but the most paranoid of
internet users.

While we assume that the sites listed above are secure, how many of us
have in fact checked to see to what lengths these companies go to keep
their user’s information safe from hackers? I’m sure very few.

Because we can’t count on our registrants to be careful when entering
information onto the registration website, as event planners, we must
make sure that we do the research to ensure that our registrant’s
information is safe with our online registration company. We want to send
potential registrants to a site that portrays our event in a positive
light. This means a website designed to our specifications, with
professional quality and ease of use. But, most importantly, it means
knowing that all information put online for our event will be safe from
identity thieves.

One of the most important aspects of a strong security system is frequent
testing and monitoring of those systems. To receive the highest rank of
Level 1 PCI compliance from Visa, companies must invest a large number of
resources to ensure that they are as secure as major banks and credit
card companies. As of yet, very few registration companies hold this
ranking, but wouldn’t it be nice to know that your registration company
values your registrants’ security enough to make it one of their highest
priorities?
Constant monitoring and testing of security is a vital part of maintain
the highest possible level of security. Some methods of monitoring
include an independent daily audit for over 3,000 security checks,
(exceeding the highest government standards including the FBI “Top twenty
security vulnerabilities” test) and separate hourly, daily, weekly, and
monthly backups that are archived for at least two years.

Other important factors to look for are the TRUSTe and Thawte logos.
These companies monitor the strength and maintenance of privacy policies
and information encryption. According to the website, to be certified by
TRUSTe, companies must have their privacy policy open for review by
TRUSTe, post notice and disclosure of collection and use practices of
personally identifiable information, and give users choice and consent
over how their information is used and shared.

While TRUSTe ensures that companies hold to their privacy policies and
never use information without the user’s consent, Thawte verifies SSL
(Secure Socket Layer) encryption, meaning that the encryption of credit
card information entered on the site if of the highest level possible.
However, to be verified by Thawte, companies must meet stringent
checklist of qualifications including both authentication and
verification processes. For the authentication process, Thawte must
confirm that the company registration details are entirely true and that
the domain is in fact owned by the requesting party. To complete the
verification process, Thawte uses a third party telephone listing to
confirm that the authorized person requesting a certificate is employed
by requesting party.

These are just a couple of the certifications to look for when choosing
your online event registration system. When you send your attendees to
the registration site, you want to be 100% sure that their data will be
100% safe so they won’t have to research the security, but if they do,
you can be confident that they’ll like what they find.