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Bridget Black February 3rd, 2022

Drupal has long been recognised as one of the most secure CMS platforms — providing you know how to implement its security features properly. Given the ever increasing importance of internet security, it’s well worth understanding what these features are and what type of on-going maintenance is required to help keep customer data safe.

As a leading provider of Drupal development in Melbourne, Newpath Web understands the ins and outs of this platform. Our team of experienced developers balance functionality against security to ensure that your visitors benefit from an engaging website that doesn’t put their personal information at risk.

If you’re considering using the Drupal platform to build your next site or currently own a Drupal site and are concerned about the relative security of your website, continue reading to learn a little more about the best Drupal security practises.

What is Drupal?

Drupal is a very popular type of CMS, or content management system. A content management system is a type of software that facilitates efficient website development. Contrary to popular belief, CMS platforms are not just for those who are unfamiliar with the process of web development. Even experienced web development services teams tend to prefer to use them as they make it far easier to both build and customise web pages.

Arguably the biggest benefit to using a CMS platform, such as Drupal, is that adding, editing, and removing content doesn’t require in-depth tech skills or coding knowledge. Once the development team has finished with your website, anyone on your administration or marketing team can make changes to the website as required.

People also often opt to use CMS platforms for security reasons. The top platforms, including WordPress, Drupal, Kentico, and more, come with a range of in-built security features that help protect user information from prying eyes.

Drupal and security

Drupal is what’s known as an open source platform. What does this mean? Well, to start with, it means that the software is completely free. It’s owned by the broader community of developers, of which anyone can be a part of. These developers make changes to the source code as they see fit and collaborate to add new features and make improvements.

Many people mistakenly assume this means that open-source = not secure. In reality, Drupal has been consistently deemed one of the most secure CMS platforms out there. In their own words:

‘Organisations around the world — including leading corporations, brands, and governments — rely on Drupal for mission-critical sites and applications, testing its security against the most stringent standards.’

Drupal understands that web development services teams want to be kept up-to-date with possible threats and be given the tools and power to protect their clients against potential risks. They are open about security issues and the wide community of developers are always available to answer questions.

In addition to this transparency, Drupal comes with a range of security features that provide protection against standard and emerging threats. These features include:

Strong password protection

Passwords are always your first line of protection against cybercrime. Drupal supports a number of different password policies, including minimum length, complexity, and expiration. They also provide the option to set 2-factor authentication, which is highly recommended.

Drupal passwords stored in their database are encrypted and hashed for added protection.

User access control

While CMS platforms offer increased accessibility, that doesn’t mean that you want everyone in your team to be able to access every part of your site. User access control enables you to set certain areas of your website off-limits to anybody but your top team members, hiding particular functions or menus from general view.

Database encryption

Database encryption is a security feature that encodes stored information, preventing anyone from being able to access private data without the right ‘key’. Drupal offers extremely strong database encryption, including the ability to encrypt specific information, accounts, and forms if required.

Brute force detection

A brute force attack is the attempt to discover a password by trying every combination of letters, numbers, and special characters until you land on the right one. Of course, these types of attacks are usually launched by a computer rather than a human. Drupal possesses the ability to limit the number of attempted logins from a single IP address over a set period of time, reducing the ability of hackers to force their way into your system.

Security modules

In addition to the above in-built security features, Drupal also offers a number of optional modules. These include:

Plus, many more. These modules may be optional, but when customer data is at stake, it’s always a good idea to make the most of the security features available to you.

Here at Newpath Web, we understand just how important security is to our clients. Having built countless Drupal websites for a wide range of clients, we possess in-depth knowledge of Drupal’s security features and how to make the most of built-in functions and optional modules. If security is one of your top priorities — and it should be — contact the team at Newpath Web today to discuss Drupal development in Melbourne.

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