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When to host your Website's security

Kacy Zurkus | Aug. 27, 2015
Does managed website hosting provide stronger security than self-hosting?

When it comes to self-hosting, a security concern for Brad Anderson, CEO, Fruition, a full service digital agency that provides web hosting and website development, is that companies are banking on the hope that they are going to stay under the radar and avoid risk.

Anderson said “One benefit of having a managed website is that an enterprise has a dedicated team of development operations folks who are specialized in firewall.” Security and accessibility are two of the most important concerns with websites.

Anderson noted, “Places like Amazon and Azure are largely unmanaged. Self-hosting requires an in-house server administration team and the ability and wherewithal to have access to the hardware 24/7. Most corporate IT teams do not want to deal with this,” he continued.

Certainly there is no single reason why companies decide to outsource the management of their websites, but a disastrous event can raise concerns. Noticing a security issue or suspicious behavior is a reason organizations hire external parties to manage their websites, said Anderson. “There has been some security event where they are watching behavior but not quite sure what to do about it,” he continued.

“With managed hosting, they have multiple layers of management. There is managed hosting and managed security with WAFs (web application firewalls) and hardware firewalls. Both software WAFs like ModSecurity and hardware firewalls,” Anderson said.

When enterprises invest in managed hosting, Anderson said, “Companies are shifting the risk and leveraging the cost of hardware firewalls.”


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