Size Doesn't Keep You From Being A Target

Many SMBs think that because they've got 100 employees or less, they'll be less likely to be a target of cybercriminal attack. This simply isn't the case. In reality, smaller businesses are a more vulnerable target because they're less likely to have proper resources to offset an attack. Additionally, they're less likely to even notice when a security breach has transpired.

Larger operations are more apt to have continuous monitoring and support paradigms in place. This helps them notice immediately when something goes awry, and requires address. For larger businesses, cybercriminals are more likely to use social engineering “hacks” such as phishing scams, where they pose as personnel to steal financial information.

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Accordingly, if you run a website, it's absolutely paramount you institute security protocols to safeguard information, and reputation, online. There are some hot PR trends right now, and virtually all PR professionals will tell you your website is in many ways a digital representative of your business's professionalism.

With these things in mind, following will be a few considerable tips you might want to put into play as a means of ensuring your website is not only secured optimally, but always putting the digital “best foot forward” of your business.

1. Cloud Hosting Considerations

You might look into cloud VPS as cloud hosting facilitates high performance cloud service for your website, and features many advantages. A Virtual Private Server gives your SMB more “horsepower” more affordably, allowing you to maximize operations. Simultaneously, cloud providers have as a competitive prerogative the need for cutting-edge security solutions.

Because black-hat technology develops collaterally to white-hat technology, oftentimes the only way to discover a new “threat” is to see it impact a business somewhere. Cloud providers have resources and motivation to stay at the forefront of such threats, determining where they are, and developing defense strategies ASAP.

If you're conducting your website via cloud VPS, you're more likely to have the latest defense mechanisms in place than you would be able to internally. Internally, you're limited by the boundaries of your own budget; and for the most part, SMB budgets utilize technology in an infrastructural way, rather than as a core prerogative of profit-generating operations.

2. A Logging Framework

There needs to be some sort of framework in play to log activities on your website—especially if you're using Java. It's not only external issues that threaten the security of your online presence. Internal design flaws could additionally end up causing trouble. Sometimes a mistake in design goes unnoticed until a client gets incidentally affected. Logging frameworks help prevent this.

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3. Continuously Updating Your Site

Older best practices circulated around biannual or annual site update. This isn't viable anymore. It takes too long, and clientele are apt to avoid your website if it's always “under construction”. A better paradigm in terms of security and positive clientele reception involves a continuously updated solution, wherein you continually tweak your site as necessary.

Keeping Your Website Is At Its Most Secure

A website can't be left on its own after initial design. Well, it can, but that's just asking for trouble. The better way to go about site management as an SMB is to continuously update your site, institute some form of logging framework, and consider cloud hosting options. There are other best practices as well, and consultation professionally could be advisable.

Having a website today is almost as integral as having a physical access; and just like you should secure the premises of your home or business, you must do the same for your online materials. This isn't only important for your business. It's additionally important for the safety of client information, and failing to do so right could result in legal compliance penalties.





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