From phishing attacks and drive-by downloads to suspicious logins and cryptocurrency miners, keeping your CMS secure in the cloud means more than patches and upgrades. Protect your site — and your customer experience — by taking the following actions.
Develop a strong security framework. A strong framework allows you to put processes and governance in place to protect your infrastructure, applications, and services. A security framework also helps you comply with industry best practices, standards, regulations, and certifications like PCI DSS, Safe Harbor, and SOX 404. Because it’s not just about patching a server, it’s about good change control, including training for personnel and users, a good hiring process, and a strong process for protecting your media.
Focus on data privacy and compliance. If your organization is in a high-regulatory industry like finance, government, or healthcare, make sure your cloud solution complies with FedRAMP, GLBA, HIPAA, ISO27001, SOC-2, and other required standards.
Document and protect your assets. Have a process in place to scan your assets to determine what ones you have and account for all of them. Then put the appropriate measures in place to secure those assets.
Keep an eye on your systems. Make sure you don’t have any potentially unwanted programs installed. Implement strong systems for managing software, versioning, and acquisition of third-party software, including application and network scanning, security architecture review and penetration testing, and implementation of Intrusion Detection Systems (IDS) sensors to detect and alert security teams to unauthorized attempts to access your network.
Ensure viability. If you’re working with a cloud service provider or other vendors, create a process to ensure you won’t run out of server space, memory, or anything else that can bring your site down. You’re only as secure as the systems your vendors are securing, and the systems and security they have in place.
Keep your CMS updated. Regularly review and apply the latest updates, including new features, bug fixes, and enhancements to ensure your deployment remains stable and secure. If you’re working with a managed service provider, ensure they’re patching guest operating systems (OS), your CMS software, and applications running on the cloud provider infrastructure.
Stick with your core capabilities. Keep your focus on strategic initiatives by working with a managed services provider to monitor potential threats and keep your CMS and cloud infrastructure management safe from malicious attacks.