Security Breaches – It’s Not If, It’s When

December 28, 2015 in Small Business

As a business owner, you’re constantly thinking about how best to protect and propel your company. But there’s one component that you may have overlooked: website security. Security breaches are inevitable, yet cybersecurity is often neglected. We’ve rounded three simple steps to make sure you’re covered:

Step 1: Prepare for the Worst

Rather than being caught off guard, you need to assume security breaches will happen at some point and prepare accordingly. Having a proper cybersecurity plan for your business will also allow you to keep your finger on the pulse of technology.

To minimize the risk of being attacked, see website security as a distinct challenge, separate from traditional anti-virus and endpoint security. It’s important to focus on solutions designed to stand up against attacks and vulnerabilities unique to websites. Website security scanning software can be used to scan your website for existing malware and to notify you of any immediate threats. You’ll also need to minimize your risk of a DDoS attack, which is an attempt to make a website unavailable by overwhelming it with “fake” requests and traffic from hundreds of sources. A web application firewall can be used to secure your website against DDoS attacks.

Step 2: Don’t Assume You’re Doing Enough

Even if your current cybersecurity plan has protected your website up to this point, it may not be enough to prevent an attack next year. Cybercriminals are becoming increasingly more sophisticated and efficient. According to recent studies, 58 percent of retailers are less secure than they were a year ago because more hackers are gaining access through their firewalls to steal data. They are often quicker and more stealthily than they were before. Unfortunately for business owners, a cybersecurity breach not only has the potential to damage your sales but it can also impact your brand’s reputation for years to come.

Step 3: Be Proactive

Retailers need to embrace a holistic view of cybersecurity by not treating this as a job for only the IT department. This should be your new way of conducting business that involves better technology and now is the time to get ahead. As you head into a new year, review and refresh your current cybersecurity strategy – your customers and your budget will thank you.

Let SiteLock help protect your website before any damage is done. Give our security experts a call today at 877.563.6200 to find a security solution that’s right for your business.

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