Cybersecurity remains a pressing concern among Canadian businesses. The growth of the Internet of Things (IoT) and e-commerce have brought with it the proliferation of cyber threats, ranging from plain phishing to ransomware and identity theft.
All of these cyber threats can mean lost revenue, if not outright bankruptcy. In addition to that, a compromise in your cybersecurity would cost your business its reputation. Even if you make one error in your business’ cybersecurity, the repercussions will be severe. Because of this, you have to understand what cybersecurity is and how to improve your cybersecurity.
What Do I Need To Know About Website Cybersecurity?
The four main focus areas in business cybersecurity that you need to focus on are website security, network security, server security, and data security. Of these four, website security is the most well-known. A website can be subjected to cyber attacks, which can lead to data loss and misuse. Attackers can also use your site as a launchpad for other attacks, making you an unwitting accomplice in the process.
How Can I Improve My Business Website’s Cybersecurity?
IT research firm Accenture revealed that Canadian businesses could lose at least $9.3 million from fixing the damage that cyberattackers cause. While no website is 100% impervious to cyberattacks, you can at least make it more difficult for the attacker to compromise your site. Improve your cybersecurity by taking the following steps:
1. Use Firewalls On Your Website
While firewalls are associated with blocking end-users from accessing certain websites, websites themselves can also block suspicious users from entering the site using firewalls. Firewalls serve as your website’s first line of defence. A firewall works by allowing only those visitors that conform to the rules you defined in your firewall to pass through and access your site. Visitors that fail to meet the criteria set in your firewall would be blocked from entering the site and network.
2. Encrypt Your Online Communications
Hackers also attempt to intercept the communications you or your website visitors send through the site. A hacker can intercept the contact details of a lead, and use the information inside it for purposes you can’t even imagine – blackmail, identity theft, and even access to your networks. Because of this, you need to encrypt all communication and data transfers you make through your website to prevent unwanted interceptors from accessing and using the data they captured.
Encryption is a system that is meant to do that. It jumbles the information in a way that those who don’t have the keys to decrypt the message cannot use the information they stole. The standard encryption certificate for website communications in 2019 is SSL version 2.0. Obtain this certificate for your website quickly.
3. Update Your Website
If the last time you updated your site was two years ago, then your website’s a sitting duck for cyber-attackers. Updating your site involves overhauling security patches and vulnerabilities that have arisen as a result of changing cybersecurity standards. Vulnerabilities also arise because hackers always think of new ways they can compromise a website for their gain. If you have no IT department or staff in your business, you can let a professional website maintenance service do the updating for you.
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Need to know more about how to improve your cybersecurity?
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