Top 5 cybersecurity questions to ask about your website’s security
Cybersecurity threats are always lurking, whether or not you’re aware of their presence. Cyber attacks are powerful and prolific enough to negatively affect organizations, industries, even countries. And they’re hitting the economy harder each year, costing the average company a potential 3.8 million a year. To ensure your website’s cyber defense, you should consider these top 5 cybersecurity questions:
- Top 5 cybersecurity questions #1: Can your website be found?
The Domain Name System (DNS) is the primary directory service of the internet. DNS security and availability problems can prevent users from finding your website or can allow cyber attackers to redirect your users to an entirely different and potentially malicious site. You need a high-performing, reliably available, secure and global DNS service to ensure that users can ALWAYS find your website.
- Top 5 cybersecurity questions #2: Is your website available?
Just because your website can be found doesn’t mean it’s available. DDoS (Distributed Denial of Service) attacks are a clear and present danger to your online security and availability. They occur when a massive amount of requests are sent to overwhelm the servers and crash your website. Because DDoS attacks are unpredictable and come in many forms, it’s important to have thorough DDoS protection to shield your website and ensure it remains available to serve your legitimate users.
- Top 5 cybersecurity questions #3: Are your web applications secure?
Your public websites are vulnerable to a variety of internet attacks, including SQL injection (SQLi) and cross-site scripting (XSS). Hackers can leverage these cyber attacks to impact your online business and reputation by causing data breaches and website defacement. A Web Application Firewall (WAF) can protect against these cyber attacks by monitoring all internet traffic to your site and blocking malicious requests.
- Top 5 cybersecurity questions #4: Is your content secure?
Your customers are making purchases, conducting financial transactions and sharing personally identifiable information over the internet. Cyber attackers are looking to intercept and gain unauthorized access to this sensitive online data. Data encryption is a necessary cyber defense solution for content protection. It prevents man-in-the-middle attacks, eavesdropping, tampering and malware injection between your website and users, thereby deterring cyber attackers from gaining access to sensitive content.
- Top 5 cybersecurity questions #5: Is your origin protected?
Many websites harbor highly sensitive information such as credit card numbers. Cyber attackers go straight to the source by attacking the website’s origin servers to steal information. To prevent direct-to-origin attacks, you need a secure content delivery network (CDN) to direct internet traffic through a PoP (point of presence) rather than straight to your website.
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