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8 Tips to Improve IT Security for SMEs

When we think of cyber-attacks our minds often flash to larger corporations and massive data leaks for millions of customers, but these are just the ones we see reported in the news. In fact the Verizon 2019 Data Breach Report found that 43% of breaches involved small business victims.

Cyber-attacks are on the rise and for most SMEs trying to get your head around them and protect your business can be a daunting and difficult task. We have complied a list of 8 steps to help prevent breaches including practical advice on what to do should a breach occur.

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Detecting and Exploiting the PHPMailer RCE

On the 25th of December 2016, a security researcher disclosed a critical security flaw within a popular PHP library used to send emails. The PHPMailer library is used by more than 9 million websites worldwide and is bundled with popular open source PHP content management systems such as WordPress. At worst the flaw could be exploited to execute arbitrary PHP code on the affected system. This would allow the remote attacker to take complete control of the application and launch further attacks against the system and internal network. PHPMailer versions below 5.2.20 are affected along with a number of other libraries that include the vulnerable code; such as SwiftMail and the Zend Framework.

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