Website security is really important to all businesses who offer a product or service online. After all, you wouldn't go out and leave your unattended physical shop or office door unlocked, so why do the same for your website?
Cyber security is always in the news, and specialist insurance companies offer cyber insurance to mitigate loss if you are unfortunate enough to gave your data (or other) stolen. In fact only recently the BBC stated that "Nearly six million fraud and cyber crimes last year, ONS says".
"Almost 6 million fraud and cyber crimes were committed last year in England and Wales, the Office for National Statistics has said. It estimated there were 2 million computer misuse offences and 3.8 million fraud offences in the 12 months to the end of March. Of the 2 million computer misuse incidents, 1.4 million involved a computer or internet-enabled device being infected with a virus. The remaining 0.6 million crimes related to "unauthorised access to personal information" - such as hacking."
If your website is hacked, you run a risk of data being misused or stolen, but also your website may need to be taken offline to be repaired, or may infect your website visitors, spreading any malicious virus that may have been added to your website. Often these malicious viruses (called Malware) are not visible, and carry on unawares, spreading around your unprotected web visitors. As a business owner, it is your responsibility to protect your website from such attacks wherever possible.