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How to Clean Up Website Traffic from Bots and Spammers

Did you know 30% of travel industry website visitors are unsavory competitors, hackers, spammers, and fraudsters? When aggressive scrapers took his website offline, Rob Gennaro, Digital Marketing Officer at Red Label Vacations, said enough was enough.

The fact is, travel suppliers, OTAs, and meta search sites are all being scraped by bots which hurts their marketing metrics, SEO, website performance, and customer loyalty. You can protect your site from web-scraping competitors and fraudsters.

Key Takeaways:
•The prevalence and impact of bots on your website
•How to identify and block fraudsters and scrapers
•When a web scraper is actually good
•The future of online travel and website security
Recorded Feb 25 2015 52 mins
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Rob Gennaro, digital marketing officer, Red Label Vacations | Rami Essaid, CEO & Co-Founder, Distil Networks | Kevin May, mo
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  • Are Bot Operators Eating Your Lunch? Recorded: Sep 20 2016 65 mins
    Brian Gress, Director of IT at Hayneedle, Rami Essaid, CEO of Distil Networks, Adam Blair, Exec Editor at Retail TouchPoints
    Did you know 30% of Ecommerce website visitors are unsavory competitors, hackers, and fraudsters?

    Fact is, online retailers are particularly susceptible to the effects of advanced bot threats, including competitive tactics like price scraping, product matching, variation tracking and availability targeting. Even worse, security breaches such as transaction fraud and account takeovers endanger the overall security of your website, customer base, and brand.

    When aggressive scrapers caused repeated site slowdowns, Brian Gress, Director of IT Systems & Governance at Hayneedle, said enough was enough.

    Key takeaways include how to:

    - Stop competitors from scraping your prices and monitoring your inventory
    - Reduce chargeback fees due to transaction fraud, carding and account hijacking
    - Optimize your conversion funnel and enjoy clean analytics and KPIs
    - Protect your brand image, reputation and SEO rankings

    Brian Gress is Director of IT Systems & Governance at Hayneedle where he leads the network and infrastructure, IT security and compliance, quality assurance, and change management functions and teams. Mr. Gress holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in information systems, is a certified chief information security officer and auditor, as well as a licensed PCI internal security assessor. Mr. Gress also spent several years teaching as an adjunct professor at the University of Nebraska College of Information, Science and Technology.
  • When Bots Attack! Stopping OWASP’s New Top 20 Automated Threats Recorded: Aug 16 2016 38 mins
    Rami Essaid, Co-Founder Distil Networks
    The OWASP Top 10 Vulnerabilities, last published in 2013, has been a valuable list of criteria by which any Web Application Firewall (WAF) is evaluated, but has a glaring flaw, it only focuses on vulnerabilities in the code, and ignores automated threats. In late 2015, this flaw was addressed and OWASP released the first Automated Threat Handbook specifically to help organizations better understand and respond to the notable worldwide increase of automated threats from bots. This presentation discusses these new bot threats, bot evolution, and how to fight back.
    Keypoints:

    - How malicious bots attack and cause problems

    - Why homegrown IT solutions have troubles keeping up with bots, threats

    - See Distil Networks in action finding, fighting bots
  • Web Application Firewalls (WAFs) vs. Web Behavior Analytics Recorded: Jun 15 2016 58 mins
    Eric Ogren, Sr Security Analyst 451 Research; Rami Essaid, Co-Founder Distil Networks
    This webinar discusses how the biggest problems to your web site aren’t cross-site scripting and SQL injection attacks. The biggest problems are the ones you don’t see; automated bots masquerading as real people browsing through web sites and mobile interfaces.

    Traditional web security products directed towards exploits, vulnerabilities and software coding defects don’t look to tell if an automated bot is driving a session meant for people. Only Web Behavior Analytics can determine this.

    Attend this webinar for what promises to be a spirited web application security conversation between Eric Ogren, Senior Security Analyst at 451 Research, and Rami Essaid, CEO of Distil Networks.

    You will learn:

    – The new threat landscape of Advanced Persistent Bots (APBs)
    – How Web Application Firewalls (WAFs) and Web Behavior Analytics solve different problems
    – The impact bots have on your security results
    – How applied Web Behavior Analytics can protect your business
  • Digital Content & The Legality of Web Scraping Recorded: May 25 2016 52 mins
    Jonathan Bailey, Rami Essaid, Katie Sunstrom, Orion Cassetto
    Web scraping - the process of using bots to systematically lift content from a website - is either loved or hated. Startups love it because it’s a cheap and powerful way to gather data without the need for partnerships. Large companies use web scraping to gain competitive intelligence, but try to block others from doing the same. However, new legislation and high profile court cases have called into question the legality of web scraping.

    In this lively conversation, diverse panelists will discuss the origin of web scraping, the changing legal landscape, and the legal and technical best practices for protecting your website content.
  • The Inconvenient Truth about API Security Recorded: Apr 12 2016 59 mins
    Rik Turner, IT Security Analyst, Ovum; Rami Essaid, CEO, Distil Networks; Shane Ward, Sr Director of Technology, GuideStar
    The notion of API management in which enterprise architects, app developers,and IT security experts work in harmony is great in theory. The reality, according to new research from Ovum, is much more scattered.

    Register today and join Ovum IT Security Analyst Rik Turner, Rami Essaid, CEO of Distil Networks and Shane Ward, Senior Director of Technology at GuideStar as they dig deep into API Security and what it means for your business.

    Here’s just some of what you’ll learn in this webinar:

    -The importance of CIO and/or CISO visibility into how API security is managed across the enterprise
    - How to map your business requirements to your API security strategy
    - The How, Where, and Why of API controls such as geo/org fencing, token governance, dynamic access control lists, and advanced rate limiting
    - When heavy “application services governance” software suites are the wrong approach
  • Using Permaculture to Cultivate a Sustainable Security Program Recorded: Feb 16 2016 35 mins
    Chris Nelson, Director of Security, Distil Networks
    For centuries mankind’s greatest innovations came about through careful examination of natural systems. Information Security is no different. This presentation will explore how information security professionals can use the agricultural concept of “permaculture” (the practice of using design principles observed in natural ecosystems) to cultivate a sustainable, data-driven security program.

    In this fast-paced, thought-provoking session you’ll learn:

    - The basic tenets of permaculture and how they apply to information security strategy
    - How to build a security program that fosters collaboration, coupled with feedback loops and metrics
    - How embracing differences within an organization can lead to increases in productivity and security
    - Effective policy and control designs that enhance business objections as opposed to stifling them

    About the Speaker

    Chris Nelson has a passion for security, especially building security programs and teams in incredibly dynamic organizations. Chris is currently the Vice President of ISSA’s Denver Chapter, and Director of Security for Distil Networks, where he continues to expand his theories on using Permaculture in the design and implementation of security programs and controls. Chris held a similar role at Rally Software after working with Aetna as a security, compliance and privacy lead. Previously, he held similar roles with Return Path and has served multiple Fortune 500 clients in a consulting capacity.
  • Keeping Up with the Revolution of IT Security Recorded: Dec 10 2015 17 mins
    Orion Cassetto, Dir. Product Marketing, Distil Networks
    For many of today’s businesses, web applications are their lifeline. The growing complexity involved in keeping these applications fast, secure, and available can be seen as a byproduct of shifts in how these apps are developed, deployed, and attacked. This discussion will explore how high level trends in today’s web environments and the cyber attack landscape are shaping tomorrow’s application security solutions.

    In session you’ll learn about:
    - Trends in contemporary web applications that are forcing security evolution
    - How today’s cyber attack landscape impacts cybersecurity
    - What modern IT security solutions look like
    - Distil Networks Overview
  • Better Metrics, Less Hacks: Online Travel and The Future of Web Security Recorded: Nov 16 2015 44 mins
    Rami Essaid, CEO & Co-Founder, Distil Networks | Orion Cassetto, Director of Product Marketing, Distil Networks
    30 percent of travel industry website visitors are unsavory competitors, hackers, spammers, and fraudsters. Fact is, travel suppliers, OTAs, and meta search sites are all being scraped by bots which hurts their marketing metrics, SEO, website performance, and customer loyalty.

    To help travel technologists and marketers better understand the keys to web security, Skift and Distil Networks hosted this webinar.
  • StubHub's Field Guide to Web Application Security Recorded: Oct 29 2015 43 mins
    Marty Boos, Sr. Director Technology Operations, StubHub | Rami Essaid, CEO & Co-Founder, Distil Networks
    Preventing Competitor Price Scraping, Unwanted Transactions, Brute Force Attacks, and Click Fraud

    Like most ecommerce sites, StubHub’s competitors try to scrape their prices, and monitor inventory and customer behavior. Meanwhile, other nefarious actors attempt brute force attacks and transaction fraud. Learn advanced website security and web infrastructure management strategies from StubHub, the world’s largest ticket marketplace, and Distil Networks, the global leader in bot detection and mitigation.

    Learn how to:
    •Protect prices and product listings from being scraped or monitored by competitors
    •Defend your site against brute force login attacks and carding
    •Ensure brand secrets and pricing schedules are kept safe
    •Increase revenues by ensuring traffic is from legitimate sources
    •Protect your brand image, reputation and SEO rankings
  • Tune in for the Ultimate WAF Torture Test: Bots Attack! Recorded: Jul 18 2015 68 mins
    John Stauffacher, Author of Web Application Firewalls: A Practical Approach | Rami Essaid, CEO & Co-Founder, Distil Networks
    Think your Web Application Firewall is ready for the next bot attack?

    Think again. Meet John Stauffacher – a world renowned expert in web application security, and the author of Web Application Firewalls: A Practical Approach. John is a certified Network Security and Engineering specialist with over 17 years of experience in IT Security.
    But wait… are WAFs the best approach for defending your website against malicious bots? Rami Essaid, Co-Founder and CEO of Distil Networks, doesn’t think so and he’s challenged John to a lab test to prove it. Who will win the battle of the bots? Watch to find out!

    Key Takeaways:
    •How to optimize your WAF for bot detection and mitigation
    •Why whitelisting is always better than blacklisting
    •WAF best practices plus the one thing you should never do
    •Optimizing web application security based on your vulnerability profile

    Watch this webinar and learn practical tips on how to defend your web infrastructure against the OWASP Top 10 as well as brute force attacks, web scraping, unauthorized vulnerability scans, fraud, spam and man-in-the-middle attacks. 
  • 2015 Bad Bot Report: 5 High-Risk Lessons Recorded: May 20 2015 62 mins
    Craig Spiezle, President, Online Trust Alliance (OTA) | Rami Essaid, CEO & Co-Founder, Distil Networks
    Distil Networks has produced their annual Bad Bot Report. It's the IT Security Industry's most in-depth analysis on the sources, types, and sophistication levels of last year's bot attacks -- and there are serious implications for anyone responsible for securing their web infrastructure.

    Watch as Craig Spiezle, President of the Online Trust Alliance (OTA) and Rami Essaid, CEO of Distil Networks dive into the data to reveal:

    • 5 high-risk lessons every IT security pro must know
    • How bot activity varies across websites based on industry and popularity
    • The worst offending countries, ISPs, mobile operators, and hosting providers
    • Best practices for multi-stakeholder efforts and how to prevent, detect, notify and remediate
  • How to Clean Up Website Traffic from Bots and Spammers Recorded: Feb 25 2015 52 mins
    Rob Gennaro, digital marketing officer, Red Label Vacations | Rami Essaid, CEO & Co-Founder, Distil Networks | Kevin May, mo
    Did you know 30% of travel industry website visitors are unsavory competitors, hackers, spammers, and fraudsters? When aggressive scrapers took his website offline, Rob Gennaro, Digital Marketing Officer at Red Label Vacations, said enough was enough.

    The fact is, travel suppliers, OTAs, and meta search sites are all being scraped by bots which hurts their marketing metrics, SEO, website performance, and customer loyalty. You can protect your site from web-scraping competitors and fraudsters.

    Key Takeaways:
    •The prevalence and impact of bots on your website
    •How to identify and block fraudsters and scrapers
    •When a web scraper is actually good
    •The future of online travel and website security
  • Knowing Your Online Enemy: Breaking Down Bots Recorded: Nov 15 2014 61 mins
    Peter Bernstein, Senior Editor, TMCnet.com | Rami Essaid, CEO & Co-Founder, Distil Networks
    Online enemies are currently trying to penetrate websites for vulnerabilities. In order to retain customers’ loyalty, organizations need to improve their online bot monitoring to prove they are properly dealing with security threats. Identifying these attacks are the first step in solidifying your online security presence. Finding out who your attackers are, how they work, and what they want, is critical in order to permanently stopping them.

    Key Takeaways:
    •What bots are and how they interact on your website
    •How to 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
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Distil Networks, the global leader in bot detection and mitigation, offers the most automated and accurate way to identify and police malicious website traffic, blocking 99.9% of bad bots without impacting legitimate users. Distil protects against web scraping, competitive data mining, account hijacking, form spam and click fraud while slashing the high tax that bots place on your internal teams and web infrastructure.

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