Move aside Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, cyber security is top of mind in the UK these days as businesses prepare for the May 25th enforcement of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). As the Royals prepare for their upcoming nuptials, businesses in all verticals, professional service firms included, are making sure their websites aren’t vulnerable to the whims of hackers, and client data is kept secure. Businesses face steep fines – up to 20 million euros – if they don’t comply with the new legislation which is meant to place control of personal data back in the hands of users, not just in the UK, but across all of Europe.
Risks of building your website in WordPress or WooCommerce
If the Royal couple’s official website announcing their wedding was built using the WordPress platform then they are particularly vulnerable to hackers. A recent study conducted by CyberScanner, a cybersecurity monitoring platform, found that an average of 80.7% of the 93,930 WordPress websites and 9,834 WooCommerce websites they scanned contained at least one severe, hackable security risk. That number increases to 84.39% for law firms and government websites.
WordPress websites are notoriously difficult to protect. Search Engine Watch, a leading source of information pertaining to online security and search engines, states “there are more than 100,000 known vulnerabilities that can be exploited by hackers to extract customer data, plant crypto-mining software, or even set up hidden form fields to steal credit card information users have saved in their browsers.”
CF clients, worry not
Cubicle Fugitive’s clients can rest assured knowing that our seasoned developers only build and manage their websites on a highly secure platform called Sitefinity CMS. Now if only Prince Harry and Meghan Markle had the same peace of mind, they would have more time to practice their dance moves for the wedding.
For More Details on the GDPR and the pitfalls of WordPress, read the full article here.