Your website is your brand, your storefront and the first contact with customers. It is your identity. If it is not secure, business relationships can be compromised and a single security breach can be a death-knell for your business.
The threats can come in many forms:
Infecting a website with malware in order to spread that malware to site visitors
Stealing customer information like names, email addresses, credit card and other transaction information
Adding the website to a botnet of infected sites
Hijacking or crashing the site
Security breaches may not only affect your consumers, it also affect you and your business. Breaches can come with high fines, penalties and other costs. Your business can be only successful if you build up trust and a vital relationship to your customers. Even if a security breach at a small business website maybe doesn’t trigger a data breach, it can still have a huge impact on customer trust.
The most reason why people don’t lock up their website is lack of awareness of the risk and consequences. Many falsely believe being a small business means being too small to be noticed by hackers. Most hackers are using automated tools to find vulnerable sites and they don’t differentiate between small and enterprise businesses. Threats and attacks are everywhere, be prepared now.