Introduction to Website Management and Security


Businesses that have just the basics of a website and digital security under their belts are at a huge risk. These very same businesses, however, often don’t have time to learn the basics, to troubleshoot issues, and definitely do not have the money on hand to bring in a staff member who can.

There are so many issues when it comes to your IT and security, especially if you are a small or medium-sized business. It is these very issues, however, that put smaller businesses at risk of cybercrime. They are easy pickings.

An approximate 43% of all cyberattacks are directed towards small businesses, and these attacks cost small businesses around $2.2 million per year. Alongside this percentage, around 47% of small businesses have no understanding of how they would even go about protecting their business online, while 75% of businesses have no IT solution at all.

The good news is that 52% of security breaches are due to human error, 63% of confirmed data breaches are due to compromised passwords, and 94% of malware is received through email.

These can be daunting statistics, but what it means is that many small businesses can protect their website, and their business, with just a few easy steps: 

Invest in Managed IT Services

It’s too much to hire a full-time, in-house IT team, but what is far closer to being in your grasp are outsourced IT solutions and IT support. By finding a professional team to outsource your IT needs to, you can have it all. Cloud services, managed services, IT support and consulting, VoIP solutions, security solutions, email solutions, and so much more. This team should be able to help your business run more smoothly and work to build up your security system.

Get an SSL Certificate for Your Website

Every website should have SSL certification. SSL certifications authenticate your website’s identity and also enable encrypted connections. It stands for Secure Sockets Layer and is one of the staples of website security.

Get HTTPS Encryption

Once you have an SSL certificate, you will then want HTTPS encryption, which will need to be renewed once per year. HTTPS stands for Hypertext Protocol Secure, and it is one of the most popular means of encryption for your website.

Train Your Employees

This is an important but sometimes overlooked step. As email spam is the prime method of virus delivery, it is key that you train your employees on how to spot and check for spam. Your mail filter should send most of these problematic emails directly to your spam folder, but that doesn’t mean that they cannot get through.

Training your employees on digital security can also help them understand the importance of using unique passwords everywhere, but at work, you can easily enforce this by providing complex passwords for them that they can have written out at their desks or to be memorized. The importance of using unique passwords is simple.