Strong Host Security Policies are Good Business

In the last few days an FBI raid on a data center in Virginia, targeting one malware server put offline many legitimate companies, with many servers down for days after the seizure.

Failure to enforce good security policies and operations can be expensive for hosts and their clients. Successful hosts must deal with a wide range of security issues as a regular part of doing business in an internet environment. Inevitably, the actions of some clients create serious security issues that need to be addressed by hosts quickly and cost effectively.

The nature of the Internet has created a host of security problems that cannot be ignored, if companies are to ensure a good hosting environment for customers and create a successful business model.

It is essential to have good hosting policies and procedures prepared and implemented to deal with common security situations. Failure to enforce good security hosting practices can be disruptive and expensive for hosts and their clients, as well as cause hosting companies considerable reputational damage; and draw the attention of government investigative agencies. In some instances, the failure to implement effective security policies can create civil and even criminal liability issues for companies and individuals..

Hosts must deal with a variety of legal enforcement issues over time, ranging from abuse, spamming and cyber-crime to potential law suits. What procedures and systems can hosts put in place to ensure security issues arising from hosting can be resolved in the most cost effective and efficient manner? What compliance procedures should be implemented to manage hosting security risks successfully?

Alex de Joode has assembled a panel of respected experts to brief attendees on current security issues for hosts. The panel consists of highly qualified specialists on security issues. On the panel will be Federal Bureau of Investigation, Supervisory Special Agent Stephen Oakes and Shane McGee, co-chair of law firm SNR Denton’s Internet and Data Security practice, in Washington, DC.

Stephen Oakes is an experienced FBI supervisory agent in the field of botnets, bullet-proof hosting, and the underground economy. He is currently assigned to the Computer Intrusion and Research Fusion Unit of the Bureau, colocated with the National Cyber Forensics and Training Alliance. With degrees in computer science degree and law Agent Oakes is very familiar on criminal hosting security issues.

Shane McGee advises clients in the entertainment software, heath care, financial sectors on internet privacy, information security and electronic discovery issues, including risk analysis for clients doing business on the Internet. Shane has counseled clients on creating and maintaining virtual worlds; EULA, and terms of service, as well as subpoena compliance programs. He also manages his firm’s investigations, computer forensics and an electronic discovery lab to conduct internal and external investigations and respond to discovery and subpoenas requesting digital information. He is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and has worked as a computer programmer, consultant and instructor.

Strong Host Security Policies are Good Business on Monday, 8th August at 11am at HostingCon 2011 will explore the responsibilities and rights of hosts in dealing with often complex security issues. Actual security situations and solutions that have arisen for hosts will be discussed, as well as methods for ensuring a cost effective and safe hosting environment for hosts and their customers.

Don’t miss this Hosting Security panel and the Leaseweb crew at booth #645 at HostingCon 2011. Register today and save on early bird rates up to June 30th!

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