- Company (that provides the nominated product / solution / service): SiteLock
- Website: https://www.sitelock.com
- Company size (employees): 100 to 499
- Country: United States
- Type of solution: Cloud/SaaS
- Approximate number of users worldwide: Over 11,500 websites
What other awards did this nomination receive in the previous 12 months?
SMART PLUS was launched in December 2017 and this is its first award nomination.
In 3 bullets, summarize why this product or service is different from the competition and deserves recognition:
Automated CMS Patching: Almost half the internet is supported by CMS systems. Unfortunately, having a CMS system makes website owners more likely to be compromised. For example, recent SiteLock data indicates that having a WordPress site, the most prominent CMS system at 59.8% of the market share, makes users 1.8 times more likely to be compromised. Only SMART PLUS includes complete automated CMS core security patching for WordPress, Joomla! and Drupal. When CMS security updates are released, customer sites will be patched automatically. This not only provides peace of mind that the highest level of website protection is in place, but also allows customers to plan and complete seamless full version updates on their own timeline.
WordPress Database Protection: SMART PLUS includes end-to-end WordPress protection with SMART database technology. This includes daily scans of the WordPress database for malware and spam. If malware is found, only the malicious lines are removed instead of the full page. SMART PLUS is the only product on the market to offer partial malware and spam cleans. It also offers fully customizable keyword based spam monitoring, otherwise known as whitelisting. This means that industry specific keywords will be scanned, but not flagged as spam.
Automatic Malware Detection and Removal: SiteLock is notably the only security provider to offer automated website malware removal. With SMART, if malware is found it is removed the moment it hits, thereby mitigating its spread to other areas of a network. Unlike other providers, SMART PLUS utilizes daily file-based scanning to ensure maximum coverage and protection. Due to this high scanning frequency, updates to SMART PLUS occur instantaneously, around the clock, with no downtime to customer websites.
Open source content management system (CMS) applications account for 49.4% of sites online right now. Of those, the overwhelming majority are powered by either WordPress, Joomla!, or Drupal. In fact, WordPress alone powers 29% of the internet. As the first product in the industry to offer complete, proactive, and automatic security for content management system (CMS) websites, SMART PLUS helps website owners ensure the highest level of protection for their website in a single solution.
The popularity of open source platforms is primarily due to the fact that they empower anyone to build their own website. However, open source CMS platforms and their respective plugins can carry significant security risks in the form of vulnerabilities. Cybercriminals commonly look for and exploit vulnerabilities in these applications. If websites aren’t running the latest security patches, they are more likely to contain vulnerabilities, and their risk of attack increases significantly. In today’s busy world, it’s easy for website owners to forget to install security patches. With SMART PLUS, website owners no longer need to worry about staying on top of the latest security patches, because software updates will be applied automatically.
SMART PLUS builds on the industry-leading SMART platform. SMART stands for Secure Malware Automatic Removal Tool, and is the only website security solution to offer automated malware scanning and removal. SMART PLUS is a state-of-the-art malware removal and content management system (CMS) vulnerability patching solution exclusive to SiteLock.
SMART PLUS also offers protection for WordPress databases through daily scans, as well as the option to customize keyword based spam monitoring. In addition to securing WordPress, Joomla! and Drupal, SMART PLUS patching will cover core updates for the WordPress plugin WooCommerce with support for additional applications coming soon. SiteLock is the only cloud-based security provider that can deliver this level of scanning protection.