Is the Web Evolving Faster Than Your Security Practices?

Recently, I took a few minutes using the Wayback Machine to look at how our website has evolved over the past decade. It was a very interesting exercise because it revealed a few things about our corporate culture and emphasized some dramatic shifts in the way we develop and use websites today.

A few things to consider when looking at the pictures (above):

  1. You can see that we have been able to hold true to our focus of security. It’s clear to see that security was as important to us in 2002 as it is today. This is something we are proud of and look forward to evolving with the security industry in the next decade to come.
  2. Website architecture has changed. Our original site was basic HTML and the content was very static. In 2008 we migrated from static web hosting to a full content management system that builds pages on the fly. Think of the security implications of moving from a static text file to a dynamic engine that utilizes a database on the back-end. Security has had to evolve to keep in step with dynamic content.
  3. Website purpose has changed. Starting in 2010, and continuing into 2011, we have developed a social presence online. This includes things like our blog, twitter feed, and YouTube channel. Websites are no longer just static bulletin boards with a corporate service menu. They have evolved to become two-way communication platforms to foster discussion and debate. Again, security practices and corporate policies have had to evolve to keep up with this new definition of web presence. Have yours?

Our use of the web has changed by an enormous amount in the past decade. Based on what I’m seeing in the market with web-based applications, social media, and cloud computing, I’d say the rate of change is only going to become more rapid. What is your plan to keep up with the changes to come? Do your current policies, procedures, and security technologies allow you to securely-enable use of the new web?

We’d love to have a discussion with you regarding your thoughts and concerns on this extremely dynamic topic. Please leave a comment with questions, opinions, or concerns and let’s open a dialogue. If you’d like to speak with NCI to discuss this topic in person, you can get in touch with us via our contact page.

Dan C.

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