Investing in website security software is investing in the future of your website and your brand. Considering that there is a hack happening every 39 seconds which affects one in three Americans at any given time, the odds of your website getting hacked is high. Website hacks are no joke considering that hackers can a.) deface your website, b.) inject malware, or c.) launch cybercrimes from your domain. Therefore one should use web security software to safeguard one's site to avoid the embarrassment and the stress as well as to protect their audience.
In order to learn more about web security software, we are glad to introduce Alex Pena, Comodo's Product Marketing Manager for cWatch. He and his team has been supporting cWatch for many years now. Cwatch, as an effective web security software, has been performing well by discovering 8 million unknown malware weekly.
Web Security Software Protection Questions:
What do you think is the most important type of security for a website?
Website security is like any other type of security – it’s all about risk management. The more enabled layers of security you have, the less likely you are to be compromised. Think of website security just like protecting your home or brick and mortar business from being broken into. Many have locks on their entry points, but that’s just one layer of security and chances are it’s not enough.
The need to fully secure forces the addition of extra layers such as sensors with sirens to alert forced entry + a wall/fence around the perimeter of the entire property with just one entry point + surveillance cameras providing visibility, and so on. These are either reactive or proactive layers of security that provide the home or business owner with actionable intelligence toward protection. And as it pertains to website security, the missing component is the action to the information acquired through each of these layers. Who is breaching? Is it malicious or friendly? How are they entering? A truly comprehensive security solution provides continuous analysis of ‘real-time’ data in order to act towards prevention and remediation of not only the current breach but also future attacks.
Why is malware very dangerous to website security?
Malware is a legitimate code doing illegitimate things. So, by definition malware on a website will make the website do things it is not intended to do. Furthermore, malware is a term used to identify a plethora of different types of harmful software which all have several methods of breaching a website. So why target a malware attack on websites? With the growth of the IoT landscape and our dependencies of the internet, websites are no longer islands of information.
Today they are connected in countless ways – they are doors with entry points to other sites, to databases, and to people, like a community is connected. And therefore, it is no longer acceptable for a website to operate without multiple layers of protection. What we know for certain is protection does not happen by chance. Every web site across the globe is susceptible and can be a legitimate target. It doesn’t matter the size of your company, the level of your brand recognition, its importance, or what kind of transactions are processed on your site. If you are not specifically protecting all facets of your online presence, your vulnerable and there is a high probability that it will be exploited. Eventually, the problem will reach the point of impact.
The malware impact on a website can affect an end user, visitor or both by being used as a launching pad for other attacks which is why malware website attacks are so popular among hackers. Hackers use malware attacks to:
- Hijack a user’s session or computer
- Steal confidential data (like credit card info and SSNs)
- Compromise a website user’s login information
- Make fraudulent purchases
- Launch DDoS attacks
- Create spam
- Boost SEO rankings for a specific site (often a competitor’s)
What are your tips to beginning website creators?
All websites regardless of their size or type are targets. Hacking is not just about stealing data. Hackers want to create watering holes where they can hide malware to spread the malware to any visitors to that site. They also want to enlist those compromised sites in Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks on other sites. Any site can serve that function. With the number of threats and hacks faced by the online community, implementing a strong support and maintenance process within your organization to protect your website is imperative.
Website developers and designers are key components in creating a safer online community because they could implement these security processes at the very early stages of the website – when it is the “cleanest.” But many website creators are challenged with the lack of knowledge needed to keep up with the ever-evolving malware problem and the high operating cost of having an “in-house” cyber security staff. If you have limited resources or budget, below is a list of tasks to help protect your site from potential risks and help to start your security process:
- Update, update, and update again your third-party CMS plugins!
- Change your passwords regularly, including changing any default settings
- Make sure you have a backup of your website
- Make sure you have an SSL
- Regularly scan your website for vulnerabilities
Securing a website isn’t a checkbox, it’s an ongoing process. With the right support in place, there’s much you can do to prevent or minimize an attack.