Cyber security is becoming recognised as being an increasingly important part of our digital lives. Everything we do online is a risk – either in terms of losing data, having our identities cloned, computers taken over or our bank accounts raided. Whatever systems we use, they have to be secure.
It might be the Russians hacking researchers trying to create a COVID-19 vaccine (as hit the headlines last week), or a malicious spam e-mail containing some nasty bit of code that opens your computer to some thief elsewhere – protection against these threats is becoming central to a viable online world.
Foregenix, a Marlborough-based cyber security specialist is at the forefront of developing protection in key areas of e-commerce and they have just announced a strategic partnership with e-commerce hosting firm Sonassi – part of the large international iomart group. Foregenix will enable Sonassi to provide more protection to firms planning to upgrade their website platforms to their latest Magento 2 from the older Magento 1, which since June 2020 is longer supported for upgrades such as security patches.
The partnership will give Sonassi’s clients access to Foregenix’ FGX-Web security solution, which monitors for threats and suspicious behaviour and alerts users to attacks and possible breaches as they migrate across to the newer platform.
According to Foregenix’s research, there are more than 200,000 e-commerce companies worldwide using Magento 1 so the opportunity for their FGX-Web is substantial.
Foregenix co-founder Benjamin Hosack says: “Magento 1 proved to be very popular for e-commerce businesses and for good reason. However, a significant portion of these businesses have not paid much attention to the security of their website. Now, more than ever, Magento 1 sites are urged to make the simple changes to their websites to reduce the risk of being targeted.
“The upgrade process to Magento 2, or any other platform, takes skill and careful planning, during which time, their website may be exposed to a level of risk that the website owners may not realise.
“Our partnership with Sonassi will enable online businesses to benefit from both the leading Magento hosting provider and the most comprehensive website security solution available in the market to ensure a smooth transition and longer-term security.”
Sonassi has already launched its Responsible Commerce initiative, a programme that Foregenix plays a big part in, to provide Magento 1 websites users with the skills, security and finance to enable a smooth and quick migration to Magento 2.
Sonassi MD, Neil Christie, says: “The Magento community has been targeted by criminals for the last couple of years, causing considerable damage to many online businesses. Our partnership with Foregenix is a strategic move to bring our clients the best of the best in hosting and website security – a combination of services that will enable our clients to focus on their businesses, knowing that we have their hosting and security taken care of.”
Sonassi founder, Ben Lessani, says: “Our partnership with Foregenix brings the leading Magento hosting platform together with the leading Magento security solution with the result being a highly effective and scalable solution to support the Magento community.”