I have absolutely no doubt whatsoever that most of you are already well aware of the perils of cyber security for contemporary corporate world, but I bet not many of you have the real grasp of the menace that cyber security has turned into.
Sounds too dramatic? What if I tell you that:
"North American SMBs alone suffered an impact of about $1.3M in data breaches through 2017, amounting to $117k per incident"
When you talk of modern-day hackers, theft should not be the only area of concern for you; sheer destruction also motivates many of them, which is even worse.
To be honest, prevention is better than cure becomes highly relevant dealing with cyber security issues. Undoing the damage done by a hacking event is far tougher, costlier and unlikelier thing to do rather than preventing such gruesomeness in the first place.
That is what compels managed security services provider to compile a list of simple but effective ways of beefing up cyber security of your company website:
1. Staying Updated
Keeping up with latest hacking threats is the best way to go about it. Having a better understanding of looming threats can help you devise a better strategy to cope up with them. Following industry’s top tech sites, attending seminars and workshops, listening to tech gurus’ advice are some of the ways to make sure you stay updated on what’s going on in the hacking world.
2. Reinforcing Access Controls
For present-day hackers, admin level of a website serves as an easy way to peek through the vulnerabilities to exploit; make sure you do not let a hacker see yours. Go for intuitive and ingenious user names and passwords, making it difficult for a hacker to guess.
Sometimes, something as simple as changing the default database’s prefix from ‘wp6’ to anything hard to guess or limiting the number of login attempts might help you save your online identity. Also, curb the habit using unsecure email serves to communicate confidential information, because hackers can break into email accounts as well.
3. Improve Network Security
Hackers can also breach the security of a network through the users on a particular network. Make sure that:
4. Don’t Undermine the Significance of a Web Application Firewall
Web application firewall, also referred commonly as WAF can either be software based or hardware based, which is set up between your website server and the data connection. It is meant to read data passing through it.
Like most other things, WAFs have also gone cloud based these days, providing plug-and-play features. Once installed, a WAF can be one of the best ways to counter all hacking attempts in addition to filtering out various other types of unwanted traffic flow including spammers and malicious bots.
5. Conceal Admin Pages
One of the biggest mistakes to lure cyber bullies to your company’s website is to index your admin pages on search engines. Resorting to robots.txt file can be a great way of discouraging search engines from indexing your admin pages. It takes more time and effort for hackers to find and damage pages not listed on search engines right away.
6. Scrutinize File Uploads
Hackers are also very fond of gaining access to a network through file uploads. No matter how thoroughly they are checked, the possibility of bugs getting through file uploads can never be totally ruled out. One of the simplest yet effective ways of dealing with this issue is by preventing direct access to uploaded files. Instead, host them outside of the root directory and access them using a script whenever necessary.
7. Use SSL
The transfer of personal user info between your database and website should never take place without using SSL encryption protocol, which will prevent the information being intercepted in transit.
8. Avoid DIY
You might be quite an avid DIYer, but restricting those expertise to physical realm is the right thing to do, because virtual world has turned up unbelievably hostile in past some time.
Have You Ever Been a Victim, What Did You Resort to?
Has your company website ever been targeted by a hacker? How did you overcome your ordeal and what’s your best line of defense against such concerns now? Don’t hesitate in sharing your experience with us in the comment section below.
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