Partnership boosts security for e-commerce

By Ben Carey on 20 July, 2020

Marlborough cyber security specialist Foregenix has signed a partnership deal to provide protection to businesses using a popular open-source e-commerce platform.

The partnership with e-commerce hosting company Sonassi will offer security solutions to companies upgrading their websites to Magento 2.

As part of the deal, Sonassi’s clients will be able to access Foregenix’ FGX-Web security solution, which monitors for threats and suspicious behaviour, alerting users to attacks and possible breaches.

According to Foregenix’s research, there are more than 200,000 e-commerce companies worldwide using Magento 1 and since June 2020 they are no longer supported for upgrades such as security patches. 

The process of website migration can be challenging and disruptive. It can also lead to the deterioration of online security, creating opportunities for criminals to breach e-commerce platforms.

Foregenix’s research also shows the migration trend is gaining speed, with the number of e-commerce companies using Magento 2 rising by 1.7 per cent (1,330 sites) in June. The total number of e-commerce businesses using Magento 2 has now passed 75,000.

The cost of remaining on Magento 1 can be high; e-commerce users are no longer considered Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) compliant.

Foregenix Co-Founder, Benjamin Hosack, said, “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 this 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, said, “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, added. “Our partnership with Foregenix brings the leading Magento hosting platform together with the leading Magento security solution. The result being a highly effective and scalable solution to support the Magento community.”

Pictured: Ben Hosack.