Your website has been built and taken live.
You are thrilled as it looks great, runs fast, generates a lot of attention and sales are flowing in.
Check that off the to-do list and no need to worry about the website anymore, right? – Bad move.
“There were over one million web attacks against people each day in 2015. Cybercriminals continue to take advantage of vulnerabilities in legitimate websites to infect users, because website administrators fail to secure their websites. Nearly 75 percent of all legitimate websites have unpatched vulnerabilities, putting us all at risk.” – 2015 Symantec Security Report.
Website code used to have simple HTML and CSS, but today’s sites have a lot more functionality built in as well as connections to databases, social media, etc making them more vulnerable to hacking.
When a website is built it is usually secure from all vulnerabilities and threats known at that time, but hackers find new ways to break in all the time.
Websites can be vulnerable because of various reasons like:
- a. Weak passwords to admin functions.
- b. Code that has become out of date.
- c. Web Servers that do not keep up with security releases.
Website code does not update itself and if you use plug ins and modules from third parties, then each module must be evaluated to see if vulnerabilities have been reported on it and if patches for those vulnerabilities have been provided.
Small businesses (SMB) do not have security budgets to match those of large corporations. This means that SMBs are usually not as thorough about taking care of security issues, and are more reactive than proactive when it comes to securing their website and other internet resources. Hackers know this and target smaller companies where the vulnerabilities have gone unnoticed and unpatched rather than larger ones .
It is cheaper to perform regular website vulnerability patching on an ongoing basis, than to pay the cost of loss of sales or service due to downtime or outages. There is also the cost of a company’s reputation if their web assets are not secured properly and end up infecting their customer’s computers because of it.
Nobody is immune, if the Pentagon can get hacked, then you can too!
If you are interested in our website vulnerability patching services, contact Flying Cow Design today!