Norton Security Suite Guide – All You Need to Know About Norton Products and Cyber Solutions

There are many internet security programs out there, but none are as renowned as Norton’s products. Norton offers a variety of software solutions and services to every type of user, from the typical home PC user to corporations and enterprises. There is even a Norton Security Suite available exclusively for customers of particular ISPS, such as Comcast and XFINITY.

Even if you don’t have one of these IPSs, you can still find an ideal Norton product for your needs. The ideal security suite integrates a wide range of security-related components. It’s not just about protecting a PC from viruses anymore. There are tons of other potential threats we should all be wary about, including spam, phishing, ransomware, rootkits, infected apps on smartphones, and so forth.

It’s worth looking into any Norton security suite that includes a firewall. It helps protect all network traffic to ensure that nothing inappropriate accesses your information from the outside. It also monitors running apps to make sure that they do not misuse the network connection. Unlike a lot of other firewalls out there, Norton does not bombard you with annoying queries about online activity, as it automatically configures permissions for known programs.

Your identity should always be protected, whether you’re doing personal shopping online or conducting business for your organization. The ideal security suite will come with the safeguards you need for keeping all personal and financial details encrypted and secure.

Performance Benefits of Norton Security Suite

One problem many people seem to have with a lot of antivirus and security programs these days is that they take up too many system resources and slow down performance. That isn’t the case with Norton products. They are created to actually help BOOST performance. You even get some tools that allow you to “tune up” your system.

What if you want protection for your other computers and smartphone as well? What about your tablet? You shouldn’t have to pay a fortune to secure them all. Another good thing about Norton is that the brand offers different solutions at various prices. You’ll never have to pay for more than the protection you need. Compare security suite packages and payment plans to determine what is right for you.

The subscription-based security programs are constantly updating. New threats are constantly emerging so it’s only right that your security tools are able to keep up with those threats and eliminate them before they do any harm.

No matter which Norton Security Suite or product you choose, or for how many devices / PCs your subscription plan covers, you should get the protection you need, as well as reliable customer service.

Whether you need protection for one device, three devices, or even ten, there should be a Norton discount waiting for you. Simply apply it to your purchase and you’ll get a good deal on Norton security suite or antivirus product.

Information Security – It’s About Integrity

How your company addresses security is often seen as a simple cost-value equation. You may not be aware that your customers may see it very differently, and how you approach information security today often influences how the public views your overall integrity whether you like it or not.

Back in the early 90’s, the US Customs Service treated information handling extremely seriously. Policies were regularly reviewed, access and activity continually monitored, and both physical and technological information security was nearly a fanatical exercise in dedication to detail and oversight. Apart from law enforcement though, few organizations even considered information security at all.

Over the past 30 years, I’ve seen some rather stark differences in how information security is handled within both the public and private sectors. Within each, the attention paid to it varies significantly. Local governments, for example, often lag far behind the private sector simply because there exists an attitude that they don’t need to bother with it as much. Much of this has to do with simple complacency, but conflicting information coming from state and federal agencies and compliance requirements are often vague and enforced differently every time the auditors show up.

My observations of the private and other public environments have been largely a mix of ambivalence, reluctance and poorly written regulatory mandates. Enforcement and auditing efforts are all over the map on consistency, comprehensiveness and adherence.

One example: CJIS standards enforcement in the State of Idaho for example is horrendous. Getting anyone from the state security office is an exercise in futility all by itself. I once called that office 15 times and waited for 4 months to get a simple answer when I asked for specifics regarding passphrase complexity requirements. Law Enforcement IT departments are often left to their own interpretations of CJIS requirements, and frequent changes in how the state reinterprets CJIS guidelines leaves them scrambling to become compliance with guidelines that then get delayed for years at a time.

The good news is that over the years, information security measures have grown and matured. The bad news is that this is only happening because recurring corporate and governmental security breaches have raised the public’s fear significantly.

When Sarbanes – Oxley hit after Enron, public companies scrambled to meet the minimum expectations and called that a win. Does this response sound familiar? “As long as these checkboxes are filled out, I’m good for another year.” Of course not all companies took this approach, and that’s where customer perception and their perception of your Integrity began to take a more prominent role.

One company actually considered anti-virus to be a luxury and declared at a department meeting one day that installing anti-virus software would be “something to look at for the future.”

That future became very real just a week later…

Their entire network became infected in a single event. 4 days later, 30 technicians working round the clock finally cleaned up the mess that had spread across their 5 facilities caused a significant impact on their business. Of course, being a Vegas casino, the public’s opinion of integrity was already low for the entire industry and public opinion of the particular quality wasn’t really much of a factor.

Can you imagine anyone taking that view today? It wasn’t that long ago that more than 100k of Idaho’s State Medicaid records went missing, so don’t think it doesn’t still happen.

Even Idaho Power had to learn the hard way. In their case, a mishandled hard drive became the source of some very public embarrassment as private customer information hit the Internet. Both of these cases created a public outcry and hard questions had to be answered and immediate changes became necessary.

And of course we can’t have this conversation without mentioning Target, or Yahoo just to name the most recent companies to be victimized and have their shortcomings exposed in a very public way.

These examples highlight instances where a serious dedication to information security and information management could have saved many headaches. To be sure; the perceptions of those companies by their customers suffered significant setbacks as the level of trust and faith eroded overnight.

Do these examples reflect a failing of process? Was regulatory enforcement lacking? Some would like to blame regulations for their own failings, and it’s a simple thing to say “We just followed the guidelines.” “We met the [minimum] requirements!”

They may be right and they may even have met certain minimum guidelines, but information security failures can reflect poorly on their integrity. They can also lead to serious repercussions with their customers and even legal action.

When was the last time you did not question the integrity of a company being sued for failing to secure information?

Do you consider information security a matter of your personal integrity? You should…

Companies that take it seriously will foster an environment that links the integrity of their company with adherence to effective security policies.

These companies take pride in being proactive about how they serve their customer’s interest, and information security shows that in a very personal way. When your customer finds their health or other private records have been compromised, things get personal very quickly.

Your attention to data security within your business will be seen as a direct reflection on your integrity as a whole and how the public and potential customers view your integrity will always be a factor in their decision making whether you are aware of it or not.

If information security is still something that you “have to do” because you’re told you have to or only because some regulation says you have to, then you’ve missed the point entirely. We should take pride in that responsibility, we should link our own integrity to how we address information security.

When you take it personally and strive always to do better and achieve more you begin to do more than just meet and exceed regulatory guidelines. You also build trust and foster within your customers the understanding that your company has integrity, and values them and their information in a way that becomes personal to them too.

Date of Birth Should NOT Be a Security Question

Date of Birth should NOT be a Security Question

Using a person’s Date of Birth as a security question can generate the opposite effect: it can be a huge security flaw.

It puzzles me why a bank would ask me to log in with a password and also ask me my Date of Birth (DOB). Then the bank (or maybe not) telephones with stupid conversations like this:

Telephone: Can I speak to Mr Kendall

Me: Mr Kendall speaking

Telephone: Before we continue can you tell me your Date of Birth and Postcode please

Me: Who are you?

Telephone: I can’t tell you that unless you tell me your Date of Birth and Postcode

Me: What’s it about?

Telephone: It’s a confidential matter. I have to clear security before I tell you anything. I need your Date of Birth and Postcode

Me (in a cautious, security-conscious mood): Bugger off.

The inference is that if I know someone else’s Date of Birth and Postcode, I can pass their security tests.

Your DOB is probably the easiest piece of ‘confidential’ information there is to find out yet so many financial companies use it as a security question. Why link so many records back to a DOB?

What about this (totally fictitious) scenario. Fred doesn’t really exist and he’s lucky he doesn’t.

I was driving home and I saw a house around the corner with a large banner: ‘Happy Birthday Fred – 40 Today’.

It seems fairly harmless at first sight, but its enough to cause several problems for Fred. I now know that someone named Fred resides in that house. I know the Postcode. I noted his car registration. If Fred is 40 today it doesn’t take much maths to work out his Date of Birth.

Once home it doesn’t take me long to find Fred online; there’s plenty of free resources for business and I can find Fred’s full name from his DOB and Postcode. I can find him on Facebook, yes, the birthday matches; I now have photographs of him and know his family’s names and pets names, lots of nice password fodder there. From Twitter I know his movements and even learn that he’s off on a weekend family holiday tomorrow. From LinkedIn I know his job(s) and past education. I know when he moved into his house, how much he paid for it and what its worth now. From Google Maps I know there’s a swimming pool in the back garden.

It’s taken me only 10 minutes to find all this out. So far I haven’t done anything illegal. No phishing, no lying, no hacking, no paid searches, no going through his bins. I have enough information to write a book on Fred, and it’s all publicly available thanks generally to financial institutions, the government and social media; but maybe mainly to Fred, who unwittingly gives away far too much information.

All I needed was his Date of Birth.

But is this Fred’s fault? Surely he is entitled to share his Birthday date with friends and acquaintances. It’s the banks and other financial institutions who should use some other identifier that people do not need – or even wish – to share publicly.