Most websites, whether owned by a person, an organization or a business, are not security tested. Many view it as an insignificant or unjustified expense, mentioning the fact that it is mainly static content, there is no sensitive information held on the website, it does not accept monetary transactions, etc., so there is no point in possibly expensive website security testing, since the business or organization can not be impacted by insecurities.
Well, to put it simply, this isn’t correct!
Whilst your website may not include sensitive information, may not take any financial or personal transactions and might be purely static content, you’re still putting your customers and website visitors in danger.
Cybercriminals, of which there are many, aren’t always interested in gaining access to your business and its information – though you’re always a possible goal – they ARE following your clients. They need access to their computers and their details and they may use the vulnerabilities on your website to have that access.
More and more frequently, we’re seeing ordinary websites used to load malicious software on the computers of unsuspecting victims.
Cybercriminals are scanning the internet, searching for any websites that are insecure and are loading them with malicious software (known as’malware’). This, in turn, is then passed on to the computers of every visitor to your website in what is called a “drive-by assault”, exposing them to all types of issues like identity theft, bank accounts skimming and charge card fraud.
So whilst your organization might not be affected directly by your website security issues, there’s an enormous amount of damage which may be inflicted on your clients and passing traffic, for which you’re at least partially to blame.
This has now reached a stage in the US where victims of these incidents are taking the website owners to court for payment. And whilst this might not be likely to take place in the united kingdom or elsewhere, there’s definitely the possibility of it, especially where an incident could be traced back to a certain website.
If every man who only looked at your premises was at risk of some harm, you’d rightly take action to prevent it. So why wouldn’t you choose such a course of action in the virtual world of the internet, where such damage can be equally as serious?
Websites will need to be more than just pretty, practical and ideal for marketing. They have to be protected to protect your business interests, your customers and your website traffic.