Securing Your Website Against Attacks

Comprehensive website security includes an entire suite of tools to shield against data breaches, service disruption, and malware infections. It shields the email system, network, and server. It includes higher technologies like website application firewalls and also dynamic steps like vulnerability scanning. Prepare your team and business by being aware of the threats you could be susceptible to.

Our team is here to create and maintain your best, most secure site with these up-to-date security protocols. At Byte Technology, we offer Business Maintenance Plans as a great place to start for basic security monitoring and support.

1. Data Breaches

You’ve heard of these happening more and more. It’s not uncommon for companies to lose millions due to a loss of sensitive data. Most times, data breaches are caused by user credentials that have been compromised. However, the range of other causes includes lost equipment, malware, or software configuration.  

Adopting this list of general practices can prevent a data breach:

  • Site transactions and traffic should be encrypted with SSL, servers should be scanned, and permissions should be carefully set for every user group. 
  • Employees should be trained on how to avoid phishing attacks and how to practice excellent password etiquette. 

 2. Code Injection

Hackers can exploit vulnerabilities in applications by inserting malicious code. After the code is inside your network, it can steal data or overload the systems causing them to crash.  

Code injection can be prevented by:

  • Using input validation and applying controls such as the SQL LIMIT function. This will help to decrease the damage from a successful attack. 
  • Using a Web Application Firewall (WAF) that gives you updates in real-time is the best way to see what the hackers are after to shield against code injection. 

3. Distributed Denial of Service Attack (DDoS)

Cyber Attackers overwhelm a network or a server with a huge influx of internet traffic causing it to slow greatly or completely shut down denying regular users any access. Cybersecurity researchers at Netscout found that there were 5.4 million DDoS attacks in just the first 6 months of 2021. This is an 11% increase as compared to this same time period last year alone.

One very concerning aspect of DDoS attacks for businesses is that the company can be affected without being targeted. Any company simply using the same service provider, network infrastructure, or the same server could also be affected. 

We recommend that you create a disaster recovery plan to put into effect in the event your company is caught up in a DDoS Attack. Security tools like a WAF can be used to close off the protocol that is being saturated. This process has to be repeated continuously because attackers can adjust their strategies. Service can best be restored with a Content Distributed Network (CDN) like Cloudflare. This can absorb a significant impact while identifying and filtering out hostile traffic. Ensure that you search for DDoS protection that includes real-time tracking for greater details on the type of attack you are experiencing.

By choosing our Enterprise Maintenance Plan, you will be covered with a WAF, CDN, Free Hacked Website Restoration plus other security necessities and our 24/7 support team. Contact us to take the next step. Then you can relax, we’ve got it covered.

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