ACEC-website.org is the official website of the Association of Corporate Executive Coaches (ACEC)™. CB Bowman, a Certified Master Coach, created the ACEC website in 2012 and runs additional websites with a focus on executive coaching. In 2015, she created the MEECO Designation™—Measuring Excellence in the use of Executive Coaching in Organizations, which is now widely adopted. The designation is offered through the MEECO Institute™ and distinguishes organizations that have achieved excellence through weaving executive coaching into the fabric of their culture. Bowman is passionate about the work she does and the importance of executive coaching, that passion is evident at ACEC-website.org.
“ACEC was created to help the business community identify mastery level corporate executive coaches who had a complete understanding and experience in both business and executive coaching,” said Bowman. ACEC-website.org includes information for executive coaches worldwide, members, organizations searching for mastery level executive coaches and contact information for both Bowman and her executive committee. Bowman notes, “This makes the website a critical part of our existence.”
Bowman relies on the ACEC website to help connect her community of coaches. When her members informed her that the website was redirecting to an entertainment website, she was immediately concerned and quickly realized the website had been hacked. Bowman contacted a local IT professional for help; however, the solution they provided did not work and Bowman continued to have issues, resulting in a loss of time and money. After ongoing frustration, Bowman decided to reach out to the security experts at SiteLock.
Solution and Result
SiteLock got right to work assisting Bowman with her website. The support team set up several three-way calls to Bowman’s hosting company to identify the core issue and came up with a solution. SiteLock was able to resolve the issues and get ACEC-website.org back online. SiteLock installed SiteLock® SMART™ (Secure Malware and Removal Tool) and SiteLock® TrueShield™ web application firewall on the ACEC website.
SMART, which provides comprehensive website file analysis, scans ACEC-website.org daily. When malware is detected, the scanner automatically removes it. The SiteLock team used SMART to analyze over 15,030 files in a period of 30 days for ACEC-website.org. Within the first 48 hours of SMART being installed, 49 instances of malware were discovered and removed from the website.
To prevent any future malware from affecting ACEC-website.org, SiteLock installed TrueShield. TrueShield blocks malicious traffic and requests to protect websites from hackers, bots and spammers. In the last 30 days alone, TrueShield has blocked over 120 malicious bots attempting to access ACEC-website.org.
After signing up with SiteLock, Bowman was able to return her focus to her successful online community of executive coaches. For her, SiteLock was worth the investment, “In today’s age where we—especially small businesses—rely on technology as a critical part of our business lifeline, it is important to include partnering with organizations such as SiteLock in your business budget.”