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Securing Your Website – Part 3

For any digital business, website security is an important topic. It ensures your business can protect itself from cyber criminals, data leaks and infrastructure hacking. Providing you with top-level data protection and end to end encryption, ensuring a safe and secure pathway for you and your users to access your website. 

Any business owner or website developer must have qualified knowledge of website security in this ever-changing digital landscape. In a follow up to our previous website security blog, we are looking at security protocols that can better protect your website for both your users and business.

Here are key website security protocols you need to be aware of:  

Disaster Recovery 

Before delving into security protocols, your organisation must have a set security procedure and action plan in place, so you can deal with a cyberattack as quickly as possible. This is also known as ‘disaster recovery’, a method to regain website and IT functionality after a digital breach. There are a variety of methods that your organisation can use from continuous backups to entire site replication.

Our partners at Sitecore, provide a High Availability Disaster Method, also known as HADR. This allows your website to ensure operational website performance whilst providing business continuity, so your business can recover from this event. The disaster recovery ranges from basic, hot-warm and hot-cool, providing different levels of data security. To learn more, follow this link.

Transparency Caching

Caching is the process of storing recently viewed content, websites and files within a temporary server, where you can easily get access to these, without having to go to the original browser. Very similar to the website history, that browser might store from the different websites you have visited. However, depending on user consent levels, it can save a range of other data including cookies and passwords.

Transparency caching is where a website user and server are invisible to each other. This means that it cannot access any specific data, such as IP addresses when processing this request. However, the server can see if this content has been requested before. If this is the case, the request will be sent to the normal destination. 

The computer system will also confirm whether the page or file has been stored in the memory or hard disk. This ensures that your website data is not being mishandled and illegally distributed to others, creating a nationwide data breach or cyberattack that could leave long-lasting consequences.

OWASP

This refers to the Open Web Application Security Project. This is a non-profit organisation that helps website owners and security experts protect web applications from cyber attacks. They provide a Security Knowledge Framework is an open-source web application, explaining secure programming principles in multiple languages. 

When building your website, your developers must have a keen understanding of this, to help you integrate security within your website framework and add security by design. Ensuring your website is built to withstand complex digital attacks and your team understands how to always protect your business from any data vulnerabilities

Regional Blocking Firewall

Also known as Geo-blocking this is where you restrict access or allow certain access to content based on the user’s location. This has been used by a variety of popular streaming services such as Netflix and Amazon Prime, controlling which regions can visit their website and see their content. 

It ensures that copyright and licensing agreements are upheld, on a business level, determining whether users can access provided content or not. It also prevents the content from being seen in target markets that could potentially harm your product and or service. From a security level, it reduces the risk of cyberattacks, confining it to specific countries, making this inaccessible on an international level.

This restrictive tool helps to control who can see your website, the actions they can take and how they can share this content. Ensuring your business is protected from third-party threats or embedded user vulnerabilities.

Conclusion

With increasing digital security needed to protect your business from online threats, it’s vital your website infrastructure is fully safe and secured, providing business continuity if your website has been compromised. 

If you feel your website security needs updating, our team of website development experts will collaborate with you to build a secure website framework, protecting you from online attacks.

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  • Written by Jess Cory, October 26 2021