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Cyber Security Challenges For Website Owners

The use of the internet is part of our lives, whether its the way we shop, pay for our food or work, trust and faith in the internet for online services is critical to the way we live.

As any business owner will tell you, your clients need to be able to entrust the online service to protect their privacy and have security in the transactions; any breach of this and your company and its reputation will be severely damaged.

Website security encompasses many things, whether its the server or the security of the data transit between the site and the visitor, the process needs constant care and attention if they want to retain visitors trust and confidence.

E-commerce is massive business, and e-commerce turnover grew 24 percent last year with forecast showing by 2020 it will be a massive $6.7 trillion, On Thanksgiving holiday in 2015 the number of consumers shopping online was greater than those shopping in store.

The development of SSL/TLS security certificates, trust marks, good website security and the use of secure data centre all help maintain the e-commerce economy, however if visitors lose trust and confidence in the online security foundations the online economy is at risk.

The website portal is the door for hackers to gain access to sensitive data, many data breaches could be prevented with regular maintenance and patching, however a recent report suggests that website owners are not managing to keep up.

One very positive move in restricting the cybercriminal access to site is to implement a site encryption. This process can be adapted to most e-commerce site and it one that should be seriously considered by the website owner, it adds extra confidence and trust to the site visitor. In recent years the development of HTTPS protocol has meant that some big companies such as Facebook, Twitter and recently Netflix have adopted this more secure platform for their applications. Google has also announced that it would be beneficial for google rankings if companies adopt HTTPS protocol.

It is imperative that website owners constantly review the security of their site protection. If they adopt a protect, detect and respond philosophy to their sites they will have a far better edge over their competitors. Using automated tools that allow the site to be constantly monitored for signs of vulnerability or attack, then block those attacks they can then report, update and patch accordingly.