Will your servers cope with extra Christmas demand?

With only six weeks till Christmas, your planning for the festive rush is already well underway. You’ve made a list, you’ve checked it twice, you’ve found out who’s naughty and nice – no, sorry. That’s Santa Claus is Coming to Town. The point still stands, though: your marketing plans were made well in advance and are being successfully executed, you know you’ve got extra sales coming your way and have prepared to fulfil them, you’ve got extra staff in your warehouse and in your call centre, your stock is high, and you’re ready for the increased demand that the festive shopping season will bring your way. It’s going to be a good Christmas for your business. Isn’t it?

Have you forgotten anything? Are you sure? One thing that’s often overlooked is the effect of all that extra web traffic on your servers. You’re planning to take advantage of the seasonal increase in online shoppers, but can your website cope with them? Whether you use your own servers or outsource your hosting to a third party, one thing’s for sure: customer connectivity is essential to commercial success. If the extra visitors your website attracts cause slow performance or even a crash, then you’ve wasted a lot of hard work and lost a lot of custom.

The importance of customer connectivity at Christmas cannot be overstated – and neither can cyber security. If you’ve rushed to get extra bandwidth, make sure you’ve got your security planned in. Christmas is your busiest time of the year, but, as I blogged last week, Christmas is the busiest time of the year for hackers and cyber criminals too.

To ensure your website will not fall victim to hacking, you need to test its vulnerability to attack. A penetration test will identify potential vulnerabilities in your infrastructure and web applications, and provide recommendations to improve your network security so you can rest assured that you won’t lose out on any festive business.

IT Governance’s consultant-driven penetration tests combine a range of advanced manual tests by our expert, CREST-accredited penetration testers with a number of automated vulnerability scans, using multiple tools and techniques, to enable you to protect your organisation from malicious attack.

If you order IT Governance’s Combined Infrastructure and Web Application Penetration Test – Level 1 in November, we’ll also carry out an email phishing campaign to test your staff’s awareness absolutely free. Protect your systems from attack, see if your staff are susceptible to phishing attacks, and mitigate the vulnerabilities that cyber attacks will exploit. Click here for more information >>

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