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PCIS Launches “Web Threats Weekly” to Help Public Take Action

VANCOUVER, CANADA – November 14, 2008 – Want to know which websites could be next on a hackers’ to-do list? A Vancouver-based web and network security provider is launching Web Threats Weekly, an email alert giving the public the tools to make sure they get better protection for their private information and their own computer systems.

“We’re doing this for the public, to give them better protection for their identities and private information, which unfortunately can now be stolen after browsing websites they trust,” says Vancouver-based Pacific Coast Information Systems Ltd. President Vaclav Vincalek. “Anyone can look at this list of “Hacker Bait” and find out which websites may have had vulnerabilities in the past 90 days and may have been subject to attack. Hopefully, most of the website owners are already taking action to fix their vulnerabilities, but if they aren’t, at least Internet users will be aware of the risks. Web Threats Weekly doesn't cost a penny to subscribe. How easy is that?”

“The service will help businesses provide better security for themselves and their customers as well,” Vincalek explains. “Let's say you've got a new supplier, partner or client. If you are going to do business with the owner of the website, registering on one of their forums or submitting payment through them, check if they're on the Web Threats Weekly lists. If they are, it might not be a bad idea to do some research or go ahead and contact them and see what they’re doing to protect you."

The only way that the Internet is going to become safer for everyone, in the face of overwhelming pressure by hackers, is if ordinary users start putting pressure on website owners to protect the public, Vincalek stresses. “We’re not launching Web Threats Weekly to help website owners protect themselves. The responsible website owners are already making security a priority to protect their visitors from hackers, or getting the help they need to provide security. This alert isn’t for those people, who ought to be commended for taking action. During this current economic climate, businesses need to place a higher degree of effort to protect themselves and their customers.”

Boonbox, a division of PCIS, released its Devfense WSA (Web Security Assessment) packaged services in 2008 to help its customers find and fix vulnerabilities their organizations' web applications and achieve security compliance in an efficient and affordable manner. To read the latest issue of Web Threats Weekly, go to www.boonbox.net/web-threats-weekly.html

About PCIS – www.pcis.com
Pacific Coast Information Systems (PCIS) Ltd. is a full-service technology and consulting firm based in Vancouver. Founded in 1995 as a technology company providing application development and support, PCIS’s core business is to provide technical assessment & services, business analysis, and I.T. project management. PCIS has expertise in networking, security, web application development and compliance.

About Boonbox – www.boonbox.net
Boonbox, a division of PCIS, was created in 2007. Boonbox specializes in productivity solutions that deliver immediate results in support of business challenges. Partnered with world-class technology vendors, Boonbox enables companies to address security, compliance and data integrity issues.

Media Contacts:
Jonathon Narvey
Communications
Phone: +1 (604) 844-7558
jonathonnarvey@pcis.com
www.boonbox.net

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