Website security can be a complex and even confusing topic because of its ever-evolving landscape, for that reason, it’s important to keep in mind that security (especially website security) is never a set-it-and-forget-it solution.
That’s why we here at Magenium Solutions encourage you to think of it as a continuous process that requires constant assessment to reduce the overall risk because nothing is more vital than keeping your website online and safe for visitors, by applying a systematic approach to website security with many layers of defense all coming together to form one piece. You need to view website security holistically and approach it with a defense-in-depth strategy.
Why is website security important?
Just as website security is ever-evolving so are hackers which is why you should stay at least one or more steps ahead of them otherwise they’ll try to exploit your website, take it offline, and impact your online presence. The impact of getting your website hacked can include financial loss, brand reputation issues, and poor search engine rankings.
What are the security risks for a website?
The main security risks of a website include vulnerable code, poor access controls, and server resource exploitation. For example, Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks can make a website unavailable to visitors in a matter of minutes. A Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack is a non-intrusive internet attack. It is made to take down the targeted website or slow it down by flooding the network, server, or application with fake traffic.
There are a lot of reasons why websites get hacked; a weak password or outdated plugin can lead to a hacked website.
How can you tell a website is secure?
A secure website has an active web application firewall (WAF) to prevent attacks and hacks. A WAF protects your web apps by filtering, monitoring, and blocking any malicious HTTP/S traffic traveling to the web application, and prevents any unauthorized data from leaving the app.
It also follows website security best practices and has no configuration issues or known vulnerabilities. We can check if a website has a firewall, any security anomalies, malware, or if it’s blacklisted.
Do I need security for my website?
Yes absolutely! It’s not a question of if your website will get hacked, it’s when will it get hacked.
Website security is not included in most web host packages the responsibility of securing your website falls on you the website’s owner.
Security should be one of the first considerations when setting up a website, and an ongoing process of review. If your website is not secure, it can become low-hanging fruit for cybercriminals. For instance, an IT-focused website published an article about 90 of the biggest hacks and data breaches in 2020 a lot of which could have been prevented if they had better security in place.
How can I secure my website?
You can secure your website by following website security best practices, such as having a website firewall; using the latest version of the website CMS, plugins, themes, and third-party services; enforcing strong password requirements; only granting the type of access that someone needs to accomplish a task.
If you are looking for a website security partner, we would love to work with you. Let us secure your website so you can focus on what you do best.