Viruses used to be the only cyber security issue that companies worried about. With cyber threats increasing in variety, protecting your website is no longer about installing a basic firewall. You also need to consider all the right add-ons in all the right places to develop a multi-layered security plan.
To help you start your own deployment, below are three non-firewall add-ons that you should have in order to develop a comprehensive website security plan.
- DDoS Attack Protection
Will your customers blame their slow internet connection when they have to wait 10 seconds for a page to load on your website? They might, but chances are they’ll also blame you. Long loading times are one of the major issues that turn customers away from a website. Recent research by Kissmetrics revealed that even a one second page delay could potentially cost businesses $2.5 million in sales each year. Simply upgrading your server may not be enough – instead, a slow website may be the result of a DDoS attack, which is executed by having multiple computers on multiple networks sending large amounts of requests to your website simultaneously, in an attempt to crash it.
Although DDoS attacks are hard to prevent, there are still solutions to mitigate the threat. One effective tool is the SiteLock TrueShieldTM Web Application Firewall. It offers the most comprehensive DDoS protection solution in the industry. This tool can target vital components of comprehensive DDoS attacks by providing application level, infrastructure and DNS protection, adding multiple security layers to your online business.
- CDN Deployment
A DDoS solution will protect you from malicious attacks, but what about the large traffic that comes from actual legitimate users? Unexpected large traffic, no matter where it comes from, can compromise your website and leave it vulnerable to attacks, which may cost you millions in lost revenue.
One thing you can do to improve the speed of your website under peak traffic is to deploy a Content Delivery Network that can deliver cached web content to users based on their locations, through a network of servers located globally. To help you with your own deployment, SiteLock offers the TrueSpeed CDN. It dynamically caches content every five minutes and is effective in increasing website speed by an average of 50% to maximize its performance.
- Website Scanner
Now that you have your external security layers for speed optimization and protection ready, you should start monitoring your website 24/7 and make sure that all customer activities happening there are also secure. One of the most effective and efficient ways to achieve this goal is by employing a website scanner that runs in the background and can immediately identify and remove malware and vulnerabilities. A good website scanner can also ensure network security by monitoring FTP and file exchange, protecting your database from SQL injections, and checking ports on your server to make sure only appropriate visitors gain access to your website.
If you are expecting a comprehensive website scanner that integrates both detection and removal functionality, Sitelock INFINITY will be a good choice. It provides well-designed and continuous scanning, including 24/7 monitoring, automatic detection and automatic removal. It will help mitigate cyber attacks, and more importantly, protect your customer’s valuable data 24/7.
Virus is no longer the only cybersecurity issue that companies worry about. The recent Kaspersky Lab cyber attack, the major OPM data breach and the government’s new policies on fortifying cyber security protocol at workplace all push the corporate IT team to develop a more comprehensive security plan to protect proprietary data from threats coming both from the inside and the outside. It’s time to have something beyond the base, for this is the best way to counter increasingly rampant cyber attacks in this dangerous cyberspace.