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Website Security Checklist

Posted on 3.31.2013

With the recent increase in cyber attacks, it is more important than ever to consider website security. Let the following serve as a checklist to ensure your website remains available, viable and safe for visitors.

Ensure Employees Have Security Training: Employees of your enterprise should be familiar with (and follow) basic security policies such as using strong passwords, visiting only approved (white-listed) websites, and acknowledge penalties for violation.

Protect Computers and the Network: Use the latest security software, Web browsers and operating systems to defend against common viruses, malware, etc. Periodically run antivirus software after updates and install upgrades as soon as possible.

Install Firewalls: Prevent outsiders from accessing data on your network by installing firewalls. Ensure that each system’s firewall is enabled and that remote workers systems are also protected in the same way.

Backup Data Regularly:
Implement a regular (e.g. weekly) backup of documents and databases – automatically if necessary – and store the information in a secure location offsite or encrypted within the cloud.

Ensure Mobile Devices are Protected:
Require users privy to confidential information to use passwords to protect devices, encrypt data and install security apps. Make sure that procedures are in place should mobile devices be lost or stolen.

Adopt Payment Security Policies: Ensure that customers credit card and personal information is secure by working with payment processing agencies to ensure PCI compliance.

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