Some industries have tighter security regulations that others, but no matter what your business does, cyber security should be a big deal. Ultimately your website is an integral part your entire brand image, so if it is defaced, if your customer information is compromised, it's not just your online presence that suffers. In my research for this post, I found a recent Wall Street Journal article that puts security as only the 2nd most important cause of reputational risk after ethics/integrity.
Just as you wouldn't leave the house without checking your front door is locked, you wouldn't expect your digital agency to launch your site without checking that your site is secure as Fort Knox. But unfortunately all too often, smaller agencies just don't have the resources to keep up on top of security issues meaning that your website is left at risk. Building a site is the easy part, supporting it, keeping it secured, fed & watered for it's lifetime is where the hard work is.
According to another study by PwC’s published in January 2016, the number of security incidents across all industries rose by 38% in 2015. That’s the biggest increase in the 12 years since the global study was first published.
So if you're not worried, you should be.
But it doesn't all have to be doom & gloom: at Prodo, our experienced team is well versed on how to harden our applications against security threats. We keep up-to-date on the OWASP top 10, and we use industry-leading software from Acunetix to carry out vulnerability scans as part of our QA process. We also offer the option of daily scans to give you ongoing peace of mind.
We also host client sites on a toughened UK Fast environment that includes DDoS mitigation hardware. Finally, we base our solutions on Umbraco: a CMS provider who take their security so seriously that they have their own security response team.
Don't be a victim: make sure you choose a digital agency that cares about your security.
Security issues have become one of the biggest sources of reputation risk for companies, second only to ethics and integrity scandals, according to “Reputation@Risk,” a global survey and report from Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited (DTTL). Security has even outpaced, albeit by a slight margin, product safety and customer service issues as a leading cause of reputation risk.