Your new website will be attacked. Do you already have a website? It has already been attacked. Not maybe. Definitely. They say that the only certainties in life are death and paying taxes. You can add your website being attacked to that list.
Security can be viewed as boring. I understand that. Just like locking your front door when you go out, locking up your bike or having some way to secure your business stock is boring. But we do it anyway. Every time. Because the consequences of not doing it can lead to so much hassle.
I remember saying this to a friend of mine, and she responded “well it hasn’t happened to me”. So we checked. In the previous week alone there had been attempts from nine different countries to break into her website. She was shocked. These attacks had all been unsuccessful, so my friend was unaware of them. Having security measures in place will not stop the attacks, but it will reduce the chances of them being successful. The sophistication and the amount of security you deploy is optional. Having security is not an option.
What do you mean by “attacked” ?
Your website has a front end, which the public see. It has a back end which they cannot, but you and your web designer can. It is here that you can control who sees what, who can add and make changes to your content, and which programs your website is happy to integrate with (for example booking systems, video players, social media sites and so on). Attackers attempt to gain access to this area so that they can make their own changes and additions.
The Panama Papers is the name given to the result of a successful attack that resulted in the biggest leak of customer information ever. The fallout from which included the fall of a Prime Minister. Now, in all likelihood, if your website is hacked the consequences for leaders of states might not be so dire – but they may well be for your business. And don’t go thinking that your business is to “boring” to be attacked – read the report below to find out why that is simply not true.
So who does this and why?
It can be anybody from teenagers in bedrooms to large scale organised crime, to governments (allegedly). Motivations range from peer status to profit and power. The effects can include changing your site to say/look embarrassing; stealing your data and demanding a ransom for its release; or nothing obvious at all – secret programs are placed on your website which then carry out more attacks and look as though they originated from you.
How do we stop these attacks?
We can’t stop the attacks from taking place but we can reduce their chances of success. There are simple measures like having strong passwords (would you like to learn the easiest way to manage all these passwords?) and keeping your software up to date and there are more advanced techniques that will suffice for all but the highly determined (which most attackers are not – there are far too many easy pickings about to be worried about hacking those with reasonable defences in place).
So what security do we (Roman Britons) provide?
- We use state of the art software that has been independently certified as built to the latest security standards.
- We install monitoring systems on the websites we build that alert to suspicious events.
- We offer a range of maintenance services that keep your software up to date, back up your files so that you always have a copy of everything if the worst should happen, and provide enhanced security.
- In addition we can provide you with customised logins to your site that have different access levels (so if you have a staff member who only needs to be able to add pictures on one page, but shouldn’t be able to delete words from another page, that can be arranged for you).