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Step 1: Acknowledge that a Healthy Security Profile Includes Regular Care
Hopefully, all our previous posts have drilled into your head that a healthy online profile takes consistent involvement since technology (and its potential threats) continue to rapidly and organically grow year over year. Preventative maintenance through continuous and consistent monitoring, occasional audits, and regular performance tuning will empower your business’s online profile by decreasing the scale of its vulnerabilities. Neglect, on the other hand, can become quite costly.
For instance, one of our clients ran into a CyberSecurity issue as a result of neglect. Their current hosting provider did not notify the client that security patches were not being implemented during software updates because of custom coding that had been previously laid into the existing framework. Luckily, DeCort had begun monitoring their site during the website portfolio replatform. We received a Google notification that malicious content was detected. The result was one of the most severe security breaches we have been involved in, and it took an extensive amount of time and resources on both DeCort’s and our client’s end to resolve the issue. And, to add salt to the wound, since Google crawled the site during this time, it was labeled untrustworthy and led to user complaints and concerns. It took months before a full-scale strategy was in place. Malicious attacks continue to be thwarted and instances have decreased as a result of our close monitoring, continued performance tweaks, and swift action. So, it’s not enough to simply hire a team and take a hands-off approach. Your web specialists need to be involved with the REGULAR care of the site.
Continuous improvement is the key to a successful online profile.
So, now that you’re ready for help, it’s time to…
Step 2: Build and Refine Your Support Team
Enlist the help of your website hoster, developer and other strategic partners to create a trusted core of professionals who can work together to provide a multi-level and cross-channel security strategy. Great technology only goes so far and requires trusted personnel to consistently and properly manage your site’s security in order to maintain a healthy online profile.
Transparency of security measurements, software and firmware update schedules, and established contingency plans in the case of an event are key components for success. These elements should be integrated into your security strategy and occasionally revisited and reassessed so that your online profile’s security portfolio is never stagnant.
Once your team and strategy are in place, you can begin to analyze the efficiency and effectiveness of your approach. But remember to…
Step 3: Think Budgeted, not Cheap
It’s a business owner’s responsibility to oversee, guide and optimize cash flow on a regular basis. It’s easy to overlook the cost value of proper online security measurements until, all too often, it’s too late and something goes wrong, like in the example above.
Operating lean doesn’t mean operating cheap.
Security strategies can vary greatly depending on your company’s budget. For instance, there are shared, cloud-based server solutions that may work better than hardware based. Need hardware based? Then there is a whole realm of scalable options that can be customized to fit your site’s needs.
Work with your webmasters to include proper security measurements that fit your company’s online profile like a well-tailored suit. If you are auditing these processes on a regular basis, as mentioned above, your team can continue to refine the cost value offering over time. Soon enough, your site’s online profile will be a mean, lean, secure machine.
CyberSecurity attacks are becoming increasingly common and are a major threat to any business with an online presence. These attacks make your website vulnerable by enabling malicious content and/or malware that can compromise sensitive information and embed malicious content and/or spam throughout the site.
It is imperative that a company establish a healthy online presence. Create a support team, include regular performance tuning, and swift action when a threat is detected. These are key elements for success. A kaizen approach can be useful when analyzing yearly budgets to refine your site’s online security profile offering. So, get involved and take action to bolster your online security profile.
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