Google has published some interesting statistics in continuation with their #NoHacked campaign: Over the past year, Google has noticed a 180% increase in the number of websites getting hacked. Google also offers some tips for maintaining web security to protect your website from getting hacked. Unfortunately, the advice they offer, while good, is very basic and will only protect you to a point.
Tips for web security are often “dumbed down” because it’s believed that most website owners do not have the time or expertise to understand the nuances of how to handle website security—and anything they manage to accomplish can help.
But that’s why more and more websites are getting compromised—those who should be driving them have given the keys to the bad guys!
Get in the Driver’s Seat.
I’m here to tell you that it is possible to maintain control of your website and operate its security like a boss. By all means, you should begin by following Google’s advice to use two-factor authentication and to keep your site’s software updated. Here’s step-by-step guidance on where to go from there:
1. Become familiar with the 10 most critical web application security risks.
2. Implement a Web Application Firewall (WAF) to stand up against malicious attacks.
3. Properly configure the WAF according to the way your business handles data.
Many modern cloud-based WAF providers also offer solutions to safeguard your Amazon Web Services (AWS)-hosted application from web attacks, helping you avoid costly data breaches and downtime.
If you already have a WAF in place, be sure to review and optimize its settings at least once every 6 months.
If you truly don’t have the time or expertise to understand and manage website security risk by yourself, you can maintain your security advantage by partnering with a Managed Security Service Provider (MSSP).
An MSSP like ControlScan will serve as an important extension of your business, helping you protect your web assets by proactively managing and fine-tuning your WAF.
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