Did you know that the average website is attacked 62 times each day? Needless to say, businesses that are scaling their digital operations need the power to protect their users’ data while also proactively checking for and verifying potential threats to security. That level of protection is only possible with solutions that consider both cybersecurity and cyber resilience.
Cybersecurity and cyber resilience are two strategies to safeguard sensitive information such as a user’s personal and financial data, but they achieve their goals during different stages of a cyber attack. Firewalls and antivirus protection, for example, are cybersecurity tools that proactively monitor for threats in network traffic. Cyber resilience, on the other hand, entails hardening data assets’ existing defenses against attacks that are already underway.
It’s important to maintain business continuity with cybersecurity and cyber resilience solutions that protect your company’s assets and keep your customers’ data secure. Let’s take a look at the top reasons why you need both cybersecurity and cyber resilience measures in place to achieve optimum cyber protection and effectively protect your data.
Code with fewer vulnerabilities
Continuous Integration (CI) and Continuous Delivery (CD) pipelines make it easier for software developers to automate their code development to ensure it’s acceptable quality and implement security features that are free of vulnerabilities. In the event that changes need to be made to the software code, CI/CD enables developers to make rapid updates using automated testing for bugs to quickly deploy it back into a production environment.
Bugs and errors in web applications can compromise both a business’s corporate data as well as the data of customers, so make sure that you rely on CI/CD pipelines to consistently release code that’s free of bugs and security vulnerabilities. Without CI/CD pipelines, producing error-free code is a laborious task that's prone to human error during manual review cycles that often don’t change over time.
Secure online shopping
Online shoppers need to transfer their data to businesses' servers to finalize digital purchases and complete the check-out process – which means cyber criminals are constantly trying to seize opportunities to compromise sensitive financial information. In fact, 65% of consumers are now dependent on online businesses for the bulk for their purchases, so it’s more important than ever for businesses to obtain reliable cyber resilience as well as cyber security solutions to provide a secure online shopping experience.
It's always wise to prepare for the worst, even if you do everything right and invest in cybersecurity solutions to protect your online users. Businesses need to rely on cyber resilience that can detect malware files and quarantine them to avoid damage to their networks as well as breaches of their customers’ information. Reliable cyber resilience that uses real-time threat detection, validation, and reporting can quickly respond to point-of-entry breaches as they’re happening and prevent disruption to your customers’ online shopping experience.
Use reliable web hosting
Quality web hosting services that provide secure servers are vital to any organization that's scaling the way it does its digital business. Quality host providers can store your organization's files exclusively on its servers and make sure your website stays live to avoid any potential impact to your business continuity. The hosting providers with the most effective security offer Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) certificates that come with their subscription plans and can often offer added cybersecurity features like firewalls and automatic backups.
However, lower-quality web hosts available for a cheaper price can actually have a detrimental effect. According to Ottawa-based linux systadmin Gary Stevens of Hosting Canada, “You definitely get what you pay for with web hosting. There are all kinds of scams in the web hosting industry, as companies offer low rates to get customers who don’t know any better. These hosts often make millions while using very low-quality servers, which leaves them vulnerable to security breaches.”
It's also important to choose a hosting provider that uses secure servers with up-to-date hardware, like those that run SDDs as well as CPUs that reduce memory addresses to lighten their workload. Otherwise, organizations are at risk of experiencing data breaches from cyber criminals who can sell company data to third-party entities and potentially strike again at a later date.
Cybersecurity and cyber resilience solutions are continually adapting to increasingly complex cyber threats. Make sure that you are considering how your business assets may be at risk, and how cybersecurity and cyber resilience can help.
It's likewise important to establish organization-wide security rules that impact your online user interactions as well as your internal processes to safeguard corporate data. Companies who are new to cybersecurity and need help establishing guidelines should consider working with a security partner who has specific experience in helping organizations create secure customer experiences while managing internal information securely.
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