When we speak of website security, we’re talking about how we prevent unauthorized access and actions on a website. Surely we’re all familiar with the concept of internet fraud, and most of us have been a victim. As the owner of a business who relies on their website for information transfer and business transactions, you’ll want to ensure that your website offers the highest level of protection and security. Even the slightest vulnerability in your website can spell disaster for both you and your customers, ultimately driving your customers to your competition.
The website security industry is expected to top #3.3 billion in 2018, and reach over $5 billion by 2022. Large companies with 1000 or more employees are spending $15 million per year on average to prevent cybercrimes on their websites. There’s no doubt about it, if you’re doing business on the internet through your company’s website, website security needs to be a top priority for your company. A little bit of extra expense for website security on the front end is an excellent insurance policy against the outrageous expense of a security breach.
Here is a brief synopsis of the most common types of website vulnerabilities and what to do about them.
- Prevent SQL and script injections
Perhaps the most common website vulnerability today is SQL and script injections. As one of the most widely utilized web platforms, WordPress can be particularly vulnerable. SQL injections happen when an attacker uses a form on your website to gain access to your website’s SQL database. You can easily prevent this by using parameters in your queries, and in the PHP language that operates WordPress, this is very easy to implement.
- Ensure correct security parameter configurations
Broken authentication and authorization parameters are the most common types of configuration problems leading to sensitive data exposure. This often leads to a credit card or bank fraud, but can also exploit sensitive information such as home addresses and phone numbers, social security numbers, phone numbers, email addresses, and even sensitive private health information (PHI). If you’re running an eCommerce website or a website that manages sensitive healthcare information, misconfigurations can lead to something as simple as an angry customer to hefty government fines.
To ensure that your website is safe from unauthorized access, make sure that your website’s pages adhere to strict authorization criteria. This looks different based on your website platform, but a well-versed web security expert can easily help you point out potentially costly vulnerabilities. Ensure that your website software is updated regularly, and that unused applications and files are removed from your website/server. If your website isn’t protected with an SSL certificate, you’re likely transmitting highly sensitive information on the internet that puts your website, and your company at risk.
- Prevent unauthorized file access
Every file on your website’s host server is theoretically visible to and editable by the general public if that file’s permissions are set to allow it. Thankfully, most web hosts today are pretty savvy about that, knowing that their users typically aren’t. Nor should they be. But website file permissions are still a very common area that even the most seasoned web developers can easily overlook. With this website vulnerability, users can see sensitive information about your website users and any information that is stored in their accounts. If you operate a website blog, that’s not as big of a deal. If you’re running a medical laboratory and you report patient results through your website, that’s a really big deal. HIPAA violations will cost a healthcare organization a $5000 fine for each PHI breach. This can be a very, very costly mistake for any company.
There are several website plugins that can verify your site’s file permissions and set them accordingly. However, if you’re at risk of exposing healthcare information or consumer financial data, it isn’t worth it to rely on a website plugin. Such a breach would put a company and its employees at serious liability. It is best to consult an expert before its too late.
- Hire an expert
Unless you’re like us, you didn’t start a business so that you could do website security. Rather, you need your website to do business and the everyday hassle of website security and management is most likely something that you’d rather not have to deal with at all. That’s why Synergy Creative Solutions is here. We focus on not only providing the best website security and management services but doing so at the best possible price. Our clients will be the first to provide us with great reviews and references. We take care of all of the small stuff so that you can focus on running your business.