Six Must Haves For Your Cyber Security

Whilst it’s important to have threat detection for any business, here are six tips to help you sure up your security.

  1. Limit your plug-ins – Yes, having the bells and whistles of modern plug-ins on your site can help with the SEO and the Social response of your site, which could help your SERPs to an extent. However, when thinking about the cyber security of your business, too many plug-ins is not so good. Read the fine print of most plug-ins and you will see that most (unless they are premium paid plug-ins or custom made) have a clause which allows them to access user data, record “analytical” data, and in some cases to sell information to third party investors. Obviously, the more plug-ins that you have the higher the potential for sensitive data to be passed on to the wrong party. If possible, use only those plug-ins which are essential to the functionality of your site, avoiding any superfluous flare and fluff.

  2. Require Strong and Unique Passwords – Administration as well as any user logins should have individualized and unique passwords. The system should not allow for single words such as “password” or associated numbers such as the user’s birthday or address to be used. Instead, passwords should require at least one capital letter, one lowercase letter, and a symbol. Passwords which are reset should not allow for an old password (those used within the past 3 resets or more) to be used. Do not allow your users to save the password or username to his or her system.

  3. Keep up with platform and security updates – Though it may sound a bit rhetorical, updating your security is the key to cyber security. Outdated versions of software are generally so because the developers of the software have found an issue which needs to be addressed. This does not always mean that it was a security issue, but that they have found code which makes the software more secure, that there are fewer glitches, or that the update is more compatible with the networks and servers. Do not rely upon automatic updates to your system and server. Check constantly all plug-ins, platforms, software, and systems to ensure that you have the latest versions running.

  4. Layer your Cyber Security – You have heard the term, do not put all your eggs in one basket. The same is true when it comes to your cyber security. Though there are some companies which excel in cyber security, no company is 100% invulnerable to an attack. By layering your security into various software and servers, you minimize any damage which may occur should one of the securities have a breach. Ideally, the layering which you put in place will block any security breaches of one software (A detects that B has an issue, therefore A blocks B and goes to C).

  5. Patch your systems regularly – Just like the security software for the business, the webpage language needs to be updated. Patching, which is just another term updating the code of your site. While there may be no issues with old versions, and while you may be comfortable with older releases, patches typically address fixes between the executable programs, code, and software packages, most of the time in areas where there are security issues or glitches.

  6. Minimize Authoritative Control – Perhaps the most critical way in which to maximize cyber security is to minimize the number of admins that have access to personal and sensitive information. The more people that have administrative access, the more prone a site is to have that information leaked. While it is essential not to share passwords, usernames, or such, it is also equally essential that administration stays limited. Should an outside party (such as those who run plug-ins or analytics) require temporary access to the system, ensure that you change passwords on all security measures in order to reduce the risk of a breach.

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