Top 3 Website Security Tips You Need to Know

Published in Member Communities on August 06, 2019

In our modern world, websites are a crucial part of attracting new customers and patients to your business or organization. It’s common for consumers to make decisions in regard to your brand before they talk to a representative of your company because they are trained to go to your website first. The question is, will your website keep their information safe? Take a look at what we consider to be the top three website security tips you need to know.

1.  Make sure all security patches have been applied to the web server.

A “patch” is a set of changes to a computer program that are designed to fix security vulnerabilities and different bugs as well as improve the site function. Most cyberattacks exploit well-known vulnerabilities that already have patches, but the website host hasn’t applied them properly. To avoid compromising your consumer’s data in one of these cyberattacks, it’s important to develop a patch process plan.

2.  Follow a secure Software Development Lifecycle (SDLC).

A secure SDLC is the process that an organization uses to build an application from start to finish. While there are several different processes that you can choose to follow, any secure SDLC will ensure that security assurance activities have taken place such as penetration testing, code review and architectural analysis - all of which, we can help you with at VGM Technologies. Feel free to reach out to us if you’re considering purchasing a new website or are unsure about the security assurance steps that were taken for your current site.

3.  Scan the website with an application vulnerability scan before it goes live.

This is another preventative step to take before your website is live. Talk to your website developer to see if they will be scanning for vulnerabilities before pushing the site to production, as this is a necessary best practice for website security. If you already have a website, we recommend getting a vulnerability assessment to identify any possible weakness that hackers may take advantage of. Depending on the type of data you store, you may want a monthly or quarterly assessment.

While these are our top three recommendations for website security, there are many more precautions an organization can and should take to maintain security compliance. Talk to us today to see if your website security could use some improvement.


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