The continued importance for businesses to adopt an online presence in addition to, or in place of, a brick-and-mortar presence, has altered the dynamics of commerce as we know it.

One could argue that as the world grips with the novel coronavirus pandemic, the need for businesses to maintain and streamline their digital presence has only skyrocketed in urgency and priority. Amid stay-at-home orders and social distancing measures, we are all spending more of our lives online. However, as the current situation develops, it really wouldn’t be farfetched to say that in a post-COVID-19 world, the need for robust and reliable cybersecurity is as critical as internet access itself.

Currently, the global cybersecurity market is worth $173 billion in 2020 and is expected to touch $270 billion by 2026. While the digital economy and internet dependency flourish, an Accenture report found that 68% of business leaders stated their cybersecurity risks were increasing. Their concerns are not unfounded; a study by the Clark School at the University of Maryland in 2017 found that there is a hacking attack every 39 seconds. What’s more is that 60% of small businesses that become victims of a cyber-attack, go out of business within six months.

If you own a business and are looking to boost your web security to ward off cyber threats, here are four simple ways you can do that.

Update All Software

In recent years, both large and small businesses have predominantly been using platforms such as OS Commerce, Drupal, Magento, Joomla!, WordPress, and more. This is simply because the frameworks they provide make it a lot easier to build and maintain an effective online business than a bespoke or custom build. However, when using third-party platforms, it’s crucial that you ensure you’re using the latest and most up-to-date version. Every time a new patch is issued, you need to update your website. Increasing numbers of websites are the victims of cyber-attacks simply because the software hasn’t been updated. Moreover, make sure to use a web application firewall to mitigate risk even when you haven’t rolled out the newest update.

Create a Custom Admin Path

Many hackers tend to begin their cyber-attacks by using automated techniques that target standard configurations on websites before initiating brute force attacks on username/password combinations. Creating a custom Admin Path by altering the standard mywebsite.com/store/admin standard configuration to mywebsite.com/store/kdfidf (or whatever else you want it to be) will make it much harder for hackers to find and attack your admin page.

Don’t Underestimate the Need for Strong Passwords

When you have so many accounts to run on different platforms, it can be easy to create simple passwords for the sake of convenience. However, we highly recommend that you take the time to create a long, unique, and complex password for your website’s admin interface. If remembering a long and complex password is going to be a problem, you should consider using a password manager such as KeePass, 1Password, or LastPass. Password management will become much easier and more effective when you need to use them on a day-to-day basis.

Monitor All File Changes

One of the earliest signs that your website has been compromised is when you notice files being changed, introduced, or deleted. Of course, when managing a website on a daily basis, it can be difficult to detect small file changes without access to technology that would allow you to monitor said changes.

Invest in technology that will help you keep track and monitor all changes on your website. Not doing so will leave your website vulnerable to malicious attacks and hacking that can tarnish the reputation of your business.

Protect Your Website with Phalanx Security Solutions

As a premium cybersecurity provider, we are committed to implementing a multi-layered defensive system that employs the latest and most innovative IT and cybersecurity technologies. We provide our clients with a full continuum of managed cybersecurity solutions, including compliance and vulnerability assessment with the implementation of the NIST security framework, ongoing staff cybersecurity training, expert and specialized virtual security teams, and more.

Get in touch with us today or call us at 888-877-7199 for more information on our web security services.