Pittsburgh Data Security Expert Co-Authors Global VPN Security Paper

In an effort to share guidance and help protect those working from home during stay at home mandates, the Cybersecurity Forum Initiative (CSFI), a non-profit think tank who provides cyber warfare awareness, guidance and security solutions, released an unclassified white paper to detail how virtual private networks (VPN) can be compromised, thus exposing security flaws for corporations and individuals.  Marek Hajn, of IT-CNS, Inc., a Pittsburgh-based data security firm, co-authored the report.

CSFI is comprised of a large community of over 81,000 Cyber Security and Cyber Warfare professionals from the government, military, private sector, and academia.

In the paper, the authors explain how VPNs are often targets of network cyberattacks and how to best protect a corporation’s exposure to attacks.  The authors recommend the following protective steps at the enterprise level:

  • Employ Multi-Factor Authentication
  • Enable account lock out after three attempts
  • Segregate access levels for users across the network
  • Routinely patch the network

In support of personal security, the authors added the following for individuals:

  • Use a personal firewall
  • Install antivirus/anti-malware software
  • Update operating systems and applications regularly
  • Secure home wireless networks
  • Consider purchasing advanced Wi-Fi solutions
  • Utilize encrypted solutions when sharing sensitive data

IT-CNS, Inc. provides Safety4Data, a secure file transfer or distribution platform. Safety4Data provides trusted data delivery in a complete end-to-end, secure file transfer service without the need for a specialized IT department. Combining Safety4Data with a complementary VPN service provides the highest level of data transfer security.  In addition to securing data between trusted parties, the Safety4Data platform also ensures compliance requirements for HIPAA, GDPR, ISO standards, and insurance & financial regulations.

The white paper is available for download at Safety4Data.com. In addition, Safety4Data is free to use through July 2020.

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