Website security is one aspect that should not be taken lightly for enterprises, as well as small businesses. No matter how small the company is, there is always relevant information that needs to be protected.
Simple as it may seem, website security has its share of vulnerabilities and some are complex to handle. However, there are best practices that are simple to follow. Here are some safeguards to keep a website secure.
Enforce a strong password policy
Strong passwords are the first line of defense. Hackers use sophisticated software to crack passwords. To deter this, a robust password policy should be implemented company-wide. Complex passwords must have upper-lower-case letters. Numerical and special characters. It must be from 8 to 12 characters long.
Host website or applications on a secure provider
A reputable web hosting provider is another important thing to consider. Make sure that the hosting company is equipped and ready for any threats and devotes time and effort to secure the website. They should have backup protocols and restoration procedures should the server crash or be hacked. The hosting provider must have a good technical support team and channels.
Software must be updated
Scripts and software used must be updated.
Third-party software creators have updated versions to take care of bugs and fixes. Hackers target security flaws that this software has and the best way to maintain security is to update the app or software.
Encrypt Login pages
Many applications have login pages for back end processes or admin purposes. It is a good policy to use SSL encryption for login pages. This allows sensitive information like credit card details, security numbers, passwords and other sensitive information to be encrypted when transmitted. Third parties will find it difficult to hack into these encrypted pages.
Keep the website clean
Another entry point for hackers would be the application or the plugins used. Delete any files that are no longer working or used. Keep database structure organized and keep track of changes and/or deletions made.
Regularly scan the website
It is a good practice to regularly scan the applications for any vulnerabilities. Many web security scanners can be placed on auto-scan and a schedule. Make sure that an anti-virus scanning mechanism is in place for the webserver.
Along with the scanners, regular backups should be made in the event of a crash. The company should have a backup retention protocol to be able to do a re-track, should the need arise. Plugins exist for auto-backups and offsite servers as well.
Hire a security expert
Cyber security in itself is already a field, and if the company needs digital resources security then an expert can be hired.
The expert can make a website security plan and implement this as well.
With the above website security tips, your company will be safe from hackers and those who want to get information.
BurkiBPO can assist in making a cyber security plan and making sure that the website host is up and running with all security measures in mind. Contact us if there is a need for a website security expert.