How to Prevent Website Downtime

How to Prevent Website Downtime

How to Prevent Website DowntimeHow to Prevent Website Downtime

‘Tis the season to be on edge, as masses of online shoppers bring the potential for revenue—and the possibility of causing Website slowdowns.

Understand Your AudienceUnderstand Your Audience

Be aware of whom your audience is, rather than making decisions based on outdated assumptions. The more you understand your audience, the more you can ensure that your infrastructure is aligned to avoid downtime.

Questions to AskQuestions to Ask

Ask yourself: Which geographic regions do visitors come from? Is your web strategy sufficient to reach them? How much traffic comes from mobile visitors? Do you hand mobile traffic the same way you do wire traffic?

Partner WiselyPartner Wisely

Good partners ensure that customers connect to a website quickly, easily and consistently, so it’s vital to find the right match for your specific needs.

Choosing VendorsChoosing Vendors

Look for partners who carefully monitor their networks and alert you when problems arise.

Be an EnforcerBe an Enforcer

Service-level agreements define the minimum performance standards a provider must meet in terms of speed, latency and availability. Enforce them to get the most out of partners.

SLAs Are NonnegotiableSLAs Are Nonnegotiable

Service level agreements usually are not negotiable, so be familiar with your agreement terms and monitor external networks to hold providers accountable.

Don't Put Your Eggs in One BasketDon’t Put Your Eggs in One Basket

Don’t rely on one content delivery network or cloud provider to connect with customers. A single endpoint limits the ability to redirect traffic; there is no backup solution in case of outages, hijacks or disruption. Consider multiple data centers, cloud providers and CD ends.

Monitor Internally and ExternallyMonitor Internally and Externally

Monitoring external networks can provide insights into how customers connect to your company. If the data center goes down or a cloud provider has slowdowns, you can route traffic to another center.

Extend Security Beyond Your FirewallExtend Security Beyond Your Firewall

Looking beyond your firewall can help you mitigate against DNS-based DDoS attacks, BGP hijacks and DNS cache poisoning.

Plan for Human ErrorPlan for Human Error

Create a safe operating environment and avoid downtime by routing traffic around data centers that are undergoing updates. In other words, isolate data centers that are in flux to protect your uptime.

Karen A. Frenkel
Karen A. Frenkel
Karen A. Frenkel is a contributor to CIO Insight. She covers cybersecurity topics such as digital transformation, vulnerabilities, phishing, malware, and information governance.

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