There are certain steps you can take to "batten down the hatches" and tie up loose ends that could be harmful if you were put into a disaster or crisis situation, or targeted by hackers.
- Stay secure and up-to-date.
- Security is more and more important each day, as inequality and international tensions rise and the world increasingly shifts to digital platforms. This creates an ever-growing breeding ground for hacking and malevolent behavior.
- People often think it cannot happen to them, until it does.
- Protect yourself. Keep your web presence and IT infrastructure secure and up to date.
- Bulletproof your team and business operations.
- A disaster such as a pandemic
- Technical contingency and disaster recovery planning.
- You want to know what should happen if the website got hacked or the hosting infrastructure compromised.
- You want to ensure there is never a risk of data loss. What would happen to your business if your marketing team worked 2 years on your website, and then it vanished before your eyes?
- Implement all the acronyms to keep you secure.
- A CDN and a VPN are both good ideas.
We can help with all of the above.
Why a CDN With a Web Application Firewall (WAF) Is So Important
CDNs or "Content Delivery Networks" used to be reserved for getting content delivered more quickly to distant regions of the world, often for higher-traffic sites. Today, it is an umbrella term, increasingly used for web and mobile performance acceleration, security, and peace of mind for all websites.
A Web Application Firewall (WAF) is more and more important, especially since you can implement one with such low cost and barrier to entry. We see hacking all the time, working in the industry that we do. We see emergency calls, expensive mistakes, data loss, lost revenue due to site downtime, and customer (personally-identifiable) information stolen. It's way too easy to pretend it won't happen to you.
Take the time to do your best by implementing a WAF in front of your website. Even our favorite hosting companies do not provide this out of the box. You will often see a hosting company advertise "security" but what they are often talking about is that they provide a WAF for their entire hosting infrastructure but not your individual website. It's up to you to provide that, at least in this day and age.
Consider a VPN for Your Remote Team
Cloudflare has always been a great company, and their VPN solution is no different. They even offered a free version for small businesses during the coronavirus pandemic. This is why:
"The story that hit home to me came last week when I heard about a small business who had reached out to us. The company—a travel agency—has approximately 100 employees in a region hard-hit by viral infections and thousands of partners who use their platform. They, responsibly, allowed their employees to work from home. Unfortunately, their small office VPN was limited in terms of the number of simultaneous users as well as capacity. Their outsourced IT team said getting a new one up and running would take at least a week. And, at a time when travel bookings were already waning, the owner was legitimately concerned that his business would not survive this crisis." --Matthew Prince, CEO of CloudFlare
A VPN helps keep your remote team's devices and communications secure and compliant with best practices.