Website Security 2017-08-03T11:41:59+00:00

Website Security

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With websites growing more complex and with more people using the web than ever, it’s very important to protect your website and visitors from online attacks.

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1. USER REQUEST

A user on a web browser requests access to a website hosted on our network.

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2. FIREWALLS

The first line of defence. The hardware firewalls scrub incoming data packets to ensure only legitimate traffic ports is forwarded to our hosting platform. This helps protect from DDoS attacks, and 0-day vulnerabilities in our web server software. They are kept up-to-date with known IP addresses and ranges that are used in malicious activities.

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3. LOAD BALANCERS

Load balancers receive legitimate inbound traffic and quickly distribute it to the correct web server. The receiving server is chosen based on hosting type, server load and the user’s previous sessions. These load balancers also monitor and identify strange behaviour which could include attempts to infiltrate websites.

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4. SERVER CLUSTERS

The web servers execute your website’s application code (e.g. PHP or ASP) to generate the website. These servers talk to our MySQL & MS SQL database clusters through a secure non-public network. In case of a failure on one of the databases, others can take over to prevent loss of service or data.

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5. STORAGE

Website files, images etc are stored on hybrid SAS/SSD storage clusters. We already have many hundreds of terabytes of storage deployed – and this can continue to scale. Virus scanners continually monitor for any malicious files that may have been uploaded, deliberately or accidentally, onto the network.

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6. DATABASES

Our databases are stored exclusively on SSD for optimum performance. Unlike traditional mechanical drives the have no moving parts and have a lower failure rate. The database clusters make use of dual 10x core processors to process the thousands of database queries per second.

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7. BACKUPS

No security is unbeatable. Despite all the measures of prevention we put in place we still plan for the worst. A daily ‘snapshot’ of your whole website is taken and stored off-site for 30 days. We plan for you to never need it, but it’s there if you do.

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