3 Tips for a Secure Website

Not taking security seriously can have serious consequences for your organization and the people you serve. Therefore it’s vital to make security a priority when developing and maintaining your websites and online applications. Thankfully there have been many changes across the industry which keep pushing the developer community to adopt vital security protocols, such as the changes made by Google in 2017, making SSL the standard and penalizing websites which didn’t get secure. Major technology providers such as AWS continue to lead innovation providing new and effective ways to make security less of a challenge, such as their development of serverless technology removing the management of servers from the mix which presents many risks and security challenges.  

Here are our three tips for a secure website…

1.  Effective project planning & management 

When developing online projects (websites, apps etc.), we recommend to work with an accredited project manager who can do a complete risk assessment to ensure you’re fully aware of your the potential security risks, what damage this could cause (and to which parties) and start thinking about how you’ll mitigate against these risks. This goes for the general security, ongoing development and the compliance for your online projects. 

2. Stay informed

It’s easy when building something new to focus all your energy at the start of a project, but with the internet evolving so fast you must allocate time or have a dedicated resource in your organization to staying ahead of the latest security best practice enforced by industry leaders such as Google and Apple. If you fail to stay informed, your online projects will fall behind and this will quickly hit your business. There are many great ways to stay informed, from online blogs and newsletters to conferences around the world. 

3.  Go serverless

Serverless technology gives you the high performance your business needs online, but without even having to think about (or set up, configure, update, patch, etc) servers, it just works. Providers like AWS have built some of the very leading serverless platforms, and by adopting a serverless infrastructure you remove many of the common traditional security vulnerabilities associated with other hosting routes such as dedicated, VPS and shared.

Good news... 

If your website or application is powered by the Scrivito CMS, you can be sure that you’ll have many of the very best security features baked right in. We care about your business and the security of your online presence, so security isn’t an optional extra here. From AWS serverless technology as standard to Let’s Encrypt SSL for all, with our hosting partner Netlify.

Security is a continuous journey

Don't think of security as a one-time project; it requires continuous improvement and optimization to protect your business online. Be sure to regularly review your product and how it's being used and assess what steps you can take to safeguard it's intended use in the market. Always complete risk assessment on the suppliers and partners you will work with, to ensure they take security seriously and if you ever have challenges with the security of your website, it's vital to keep your customers informed as quickly as possible so they can take the necessary actions to prevent further damage. 

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