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September 24, 2014

Webinar - Ifs, Ands and 'Bots'-Protecting Your Organization from Cyberattackers

For anyone who uses the Internet, the term “Bot” is likely to be familiar. Unfortunately these days, despite the fact that automated computer programs on the Internet have been used for extremely beneficial purposes we all tend to think of bots in terms of their undesirable uses.  Indeed, in the many nasty forms they now take, bots (and botnets) have become a primary, if not the primary, tools that those with malicious intent use to wreak their havoc.

The list of the bad boys used by bad actors is long and seems to get longer every day.  The short list includes such things as:  spambots that harvest email addresses; downloader programs that can steal bandwidth from entire websites; web scrappers that literally will take your content and re-use it without permission on automatically generated pages; fraud bots that dump junk on your site; comment spam; form fraud; and a host of others.  Their impact is to perpetrate fraud, steal data and bring your website to a crawl as they are typically the source of Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks.

Bots are also the source of all kinds of viruses and worms as they exploit various vectors of vulnerability to plant fast-spreading mayhem.  And, if all of this was not scary enough, it is estimated that up to 60 percent of your organization’s website traffic could be bots.  

So what are you supposed to do to protect your organization from the consequences not dealing promptly and effectively with bots can cause?  You may think you have what it takes to mitigate such risks, but it is never a bad time to re-evaluate and also understand what best practices are for warding off these menaces.

A great place to get educated and better understand what you can and should be doing about bad bots is the forthcoming webinar, Knowing your Online Enemy: Breaking down Bots.  To be held, Tuesday, October 21, 2014 at 2:00 PM EDT, you are invited to join me and Rami Essaid, CEO & Co-founder
Distil Networks for an informative look at how to know the enemy and take the measures needed to protect your organization.

Distil Networks has a fascinating statistic on its home page that alone should give you pause.  In big bold print it shows the number of bad bots that have been blocked.  In fact, as this is being published that number stands at 15.6 billion and counting.  That obviously is a good thing since the operative word is “blocked.”

What the webinar will cover in detail is the need to improve your organization’s ability to monitor bots by having the ability to find out who your attackers are, how they work, and what they want.  Find out:

  • What bots are and how they interact on you website
  • Identify risk indicators of online bot attacks and malicious behavior
  • The importance of being able to deal with a bot attack when it happens
  • How new security technologies and products are overcoming these obstacles
  • How to better defend your organization due to an improved knowledge of your online attackers

As with most aspects of online security these days what all of the experts say is that visibility and real-time information are critical in implementing every type of defense against all cyber attacks regardless of their nature.  You can respond to something you can’t see or respond rapidly and effectively without real-time detailed information about who, what, where, when and how.

The webinar will be your opportunity to hear what the experts are recommending and for you to have your questions about bot prevention addressed. 

Edited by Maurice Nagle