9 Types of Security Software Your Business Website Absolutely Needs

You’ve no doubt seen a headline at least once in the past year talking about a website security breach that affected customers’ credit card information. GameStop and its customers is one of the latest victims of this sort of attack.

While it’s popular enterprises like GameStop that tend to make the news whenever a hacker breaks into a company’s website and gets hold of sensitive customer information, this sort of security breach can happen to any business’s website, large or small. And when you’re handling customer payment information, that’s the last thing you want to happen. It’s bad for your customers and it’s bad for your business.

Unfortunately, hackers are just too smart these days and know all sorts of tips and tricks to break into your site’s vulnerabilities (some of which you might not even be aware of). This is why investing in a multi-pronged approach to securing your business’s website is essential. The first place you should start is with security software.

Why Your Business Website Absolutely Needs Security Software in 2017

The statistics floating around about online security are deeply disturbing, to say the least. And do you know why? Because it’s clear that hackers won’t discriminate. They’ll go after small businesses and large enterprises. They’ll snag up information about your company as well as personal details about your customers. And sometimes they do set out to destroy your company’s reputation just to embezzle money out of you.

Haven’t been paying too close attention to online security news lately? Here are some of the statistics you need to hold onto.

  • 1.1 billion identities were exposed through security breaches in 2016.
  • Of all the websites that Symantec scanned last year, they found that 76% of them had been breached and 9% of them were in critical condition.
  • Websites aren’t the only victims either: there were 2.4 browser vulnerabilities discovered every day last year.
  • In Google’s weekly scan of websites, they typically have to blacklist 20,000 websites due to malware infection and 50,000 for phishing scams.
  • Every year, 1 of every 2 large enterprises will suffer a cyberattack. And small businesses? 1 in every 40.
  • The average cost of a cyberattack is $20,752.

Doing business online is a necessity in today’s digital world, but it’s also scary to think about how quickly things could turn bad simply because of one malicious link or a DDoS that could destroy everything you’ve built.

Malware, ransomware, phishing, content scraping, distributed denial of service attacks… there are so many ways hackers can find a way into your site. If you want to keep your business and your online customers safe, then you need to build up multiple walls around your website.

9 Security Software You Should Be Using on Your Website in 2017

Okay, so first of all, your website itself needs to be fortified with security within it. This means using a security service from your web host, installing a security plugin, and abiding by strict login protocols (like two-factor authentication, regular password updates, etc.) That being said, tightening up security within your site is only the first step. You’ve also got to put up a wall not only around your site, but around your company’s hardware.

Is all this security going to be overkill? Most definitely not. Look at the statistics from above one more time. Are you willing to take that chance that your site won’t be one of the ones hacked every year by not bolstering security? And, if you are, can you afford the hefty $20K cost that’s associated with security breaches on average?

With that said, are you ready to take a look at the 9 security software your website needs in 2017? Let’s get started.

1. Computer Antivirus

You might not initially consider your business’s computers or mobile devices as being able to cause a cyberattack on your website, but they most certainly can if you use them to access the backend of your website. That’s why an antivirus software like Norton that’ll clean all of the devices on your company network (or that are just used to access your website, in general) is essential.

2. Network Security

Your company’s network also needs to be secured and there are a number of ways to do this. You can use an encrypted Wi-Fi, you can use antivirus and antimalware software on your network, you can use a firewall, or you can use an organization like Cisco to help you manage the monitoring and securing of your network.

3. SaaS Security

Cloud-based software, or software-as-a-service applications, need security too. For the applications you integrate into your website—think of things like a CRM, a marketing automation platform, or a lead generation tool—those need to be encrypted and protected from any security breaches on your site (as well as the other way around). Companies like Symantec offer cloud data protection software to keep all your programs safe.

4. Content Management System

It doesn’t matter if you use WordPress, Joomla, Drupal, or some other content management software to create and manage your site. Whatever platform you use needs to be inherently secure and you need to do everything you can to keep it that way—which means staying on top of updates created to patch known vulnerabilities. According to Sucuri, when they scanned 11,000 infected websites last year, they found that 50% of those using WordPress and over 80% of those using other platforms were running on an out-of-date platform.

5. e-Commerce Software

If you’re running an e-commerce business, then you’re most likely not just using a content management system to create and run your store. You need a specialized software to do that for you. With this addition integration, you’ll want to make sure that they are PCI compliant and provide a secure platform through which your customers can shop. BigCommerce is one of the more trusted e-commerce software available right now.

6. Payment Gateway Software

To round out your on-site e-commerce tools, you’ll need to check in with your payment gateway provider as well (if you have one). If you’re not already using one, you may want to rethink that decision as the majority of them are fully PCI DSS compliant and will take care of the extra security piece when processing your customers’ payments on your behalf. If you’re looking for one to work with, 2CheckOut is a good place to start.

7. Content Delivery Network

A content delivery network, or CDN, is typically known for improving website loading speeds as it cuts down on the distance between your customers’ computers and your website’s server. In addition to serving as a speed booster, it also helps tighten security for websites as well. So, if your website receives large amounts of traffic (especially global) and you’re already thinking about getting a CDN, check out CloudFlare to see if they can help give your security a boost too.

8. Bot Mitigation

Bots are those pesky “automated” hackers that plant fake and malicious spam posts and links on your site. They are also the ones that go through and scrape content and any sensitive data it can get its hands on off your site. While there are some plugins that can prevent certain types of bot activity, it’s still important to have a bot monitoring and mitigation software available to help keep you attuned to these threats. If you check out Incapsula, they offer one of these along with a number of other helpful security-enhancing services and solutions you might be interested in.

9. Monitoring Tool

Many of the security monitoring services are expensive and not always accessible for SMBs. However, there are companies like CSID that have created self-management security monitoring tools that are affordable and easy to use for this very reason. While all the software above are necessary to make it more difficult for hackers to strike, monitoring will give you the peace of mind knowing that you’ll be aware of anyone who gets past all your security defenses.

Summary

In addition to the inconvenience of having to clean up after a cyberattack as well as the general cost of it, there are two other important things to remember:

Your customers. They trust you as an e-commerce company to provide them with a secure online environment to shop from. While you might lose money (and face) from a cyberattack, they could lose private information about their identity, lose money of their own if payment information is compromised, and their physical security could be put in jeopardy too.

Your business’s reputation. People aren’t going to look at a cyberattack as a small “oops”. They’re going to see it as a reflection of how you conduct business. In other words, that you don’t dot the i’s, cross the t’s, or care enough about what happens after you make a sale. Everything that happens on your website is a direct reflection of you, the people that work for you, and your overall brand.


Nathan Oulman is a dedicated technical writer that loves to play pong. When is he is not busy he maintains his website Dailyhosting.

Category: B2B News

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