Distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks have become widely spread in the Net today. Most websites appear to be vulnerable, and your online business may become the next target. Therefore, it’s crucial to have a proper defense strategy and undertake all possible measures to avoid the attack.
In 2016, Verizon published a report stating that the success of data breaches in web apps has increased from 7% to 40% with the following data stolen:
- personal information;
- financial assets;
- credit card data.
How to prevent attacks and secure sensitive data? Read our 5 basic tips and start using these strategies right away.
1. Take security into consideration while writing code. Make a set of security coding standards for the developers to follow. When the code is finished, test it strictly and define vulnerabilities, for instance, cross-site scripting and SQL injection.
2. Create an emergency plan in to roll the code back in case something goes wrong when you push it out. You can make a list of developers to contact and discuss some issues, and it’s recommended to have some documentation that helps to fix code errors with minor impact to your environment.
3. Update patches in time: be at the lookout for the fresh versions of your software and elaborate a plan to roll them back, if some issues arise during the update.
4. Limit access to your storage or hosting server. Make sure that admin accounts are secure and change passwords regularly. Check the access list and exclude employees who don’t work in company anymore, or don’t need the information stored in the server. Besides, it’s important to alter root and admin passwords for the employees who have left but can get access. Do not store passwords in a plain file or collaborative documents.
5. Do not access admin accounts from external networks. Admin interfaces should only be accessed from internal networks either with direct connection, or via VPN. Check if anyone else can access the interfaces, and restrict VPN access for the employees who don’t work in your company anymore.
With these simple steps you will secure data and prevent at least half of possible data breaches making web hosting more secure.