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.


comments powered by Disqus

From Our Experts

Understanding Enrollment Status, Assigned vs. Non-Assigned, and the ABN thumbnail Understanding Enrollment Status, Assigned vs. Non-Assigned, and the ABN A major part of business development is understanding your payer mix and which products and services should be reimbursable versus cash sale items. What could you bundle together in your offering to expand business—specifically items that can be sold for retail alongside your reimbursable items? You might not necessarily offer everything right now, but these are the areas you can look to expand into. This resource outlines how to navigate reimbursement to help grow your business. U.S. Rehab Tech Training at Heartland Addresses All Levels of Experience thumbnail U.S. Rehab Tech Training at Heartland Addresses All Levels of Experience Complex rehab providers attending VGM's 20th Heartland Conference will have the opportunity to increase their expertise in repairing and programming complex rehab wheelchairs as part of U.S. Rehab's Tech Training. VGM & Associates Releases Customer-Centric Playbook thumbnail VGM & Associates Releases Customer-Centric Playbook VGM & Associates has released the third installment of their 2021 quarterly playbook series, which contains insight and best practices for making your business customer-centric. Heartland Session Sneak Peek: Procurement, Inventory Management & Cash Flow thumbnail Heartland Session Sneak Peek: Procurement, Inventory Management & Cash Flow Get great advice and more during the Heartland Conference Panel: Procurement, Inventory Management & Cash Flow moderated by Gerry Finazzo. During this session, attendees will learn how to identify ways to improve purchasing practices, mitigate inventory liability, identify ways to increase cash flow and lower activity costs. An Inside Look with Clint, Episode 8: VGM Government thumbnail An Inside Look with Clint, Episode 8: VGM Government President of VGM & Associates, Clint Geffert, sat down with John Gallagher, vice president of VGM Government, to discuss how VGM Government helps VGM members navigate the complexities of the legislative process and the importance of grassroots advocacy in the HME industry. Member Spotlight: Shelly Hoover, President and Co-Founder, and David Hoover, CEO and Co-Owner of Vets First DME, LLC thumbnail Member Spotlight: Shelly Hoover, President and Co-Founder, and David Hoover, CEO and Co-Owner of Vets First DME, LLC Vets First DME began at the intersection of preparation and opportunity, with a dash of circumstance. Read more about the amazing Hoover family as they combined the family's knowledge and experience to start Vets First DME, LLC. CMS Announces 90-Day Extension For CRT Manual Wheelchair Accessories thumbnail CMS Announces 90-Day Extension For CRT Manual Wheelchair Accessories CMS announced a 90-day extension of the suspension of the application of Medicare Competitive Bidding Program pricing to CRT manual wheelchair accessories. The current policy will stay in place through October 1 and there will not be any payment cuts or claims processing changes. Don't Allow Medicare Advantage Plans and MCOs Take Advantage of YOU! thumbnail Don't Allow Medicare Advantage Plans and MCOs Take Advantage of YOU! The HME supplier has always had challenges in getting paid timely and accurately for the items and services they provide to their customers. This is an assumed cost of doing business but the HME supplier still does this because of the reward of taking care of their customers. But nothing has challenged the supplier as much as when a customer has a Medicare Advantage Plan or an MCO.