Cyber-security is a major topic of concern and discussion no matter what type of business you are in. Smaller businesses may not have the resources to properly manage this and should rely on outside expertise to assist. Larger businesses need to be aware of the changing threat landscape and proactively put in place defences before the firm is impacted. With an uptick in cyber-attacks globally and locally, a firm’s online reputation may be at stake, along with its online business and client data. This article is about one way (of many) to secure your firm’s online presence.
Why do you need an SSL certificate?
One of the key components of having a strong online presence is to have an SSL certificate for your website. An SSL certificate from a trusted provider is the foundation of securing your website and securing the data that is transferred from the web browsers to the back end systems that process the information. The SSL protocol creates encrypted communication between the server and the user browser. SSL should not only be used for transactional websites but should be used for all websites. If your site is not SSL Google will rank it lower in Search.
is your website SSL certified?
SSL certificates are used by most websites to protect their data. A lock icon next to the web address bar shows that the website is using a trusted SSL certificate and all communications are secure. It also verifies the authenticity of the website to safeguard from fake sites or malicious sites. Trusted SSL providers only issue a certificate after verifying the company identity and making sure that you are the real owner of the website. This includes the rights to the domain, organization legitimacy and identity checks. This, in turn, gives the confidence to the site visitor that they are accessing a genuine website. It is also a compliance and auditing requirement to ensure company websites are SSL certified.
Be careful where you purchase your SSL Certificates. This is another area where scams can abound. Never order your SSL Certificates over the phone from someone who calls you – it is likely a scam. Use an IT company to obtain and install your certificates for you and be sure to note the date that the certificate expires so that you can renew it just prior to that date.
Naqi Nazir is a Consultant at Triella. We are a technology consulting company specializing in providing technology audits, planning advice, project management and other CIO-related services to small and medium-sized firms. Naqi can be reached at 647.426.1004. For additional articles, go to our blog page. Triella is a VMware Professional Partner, Microsoft Certified Partner, Citrix Solution Advisor – Silver, Dell Preferred Partner, Authorized Worldox Reseller and a Webroot Reseller.
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