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K Khan
May 16, 2024
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Optimizely Forms: Safeguarding Your Data

With the rise of cyber threats and privacy concerns, safeguarding sensitive information has become a top priority for businesses across all industries. As organizations collect and manage data through various channels, ensuring the security of online forms has become crucial. Optimizely Forms, offers a robust solution for creating and managing forms, but how does it fare in terms of security?

Content authors can design multiple kinds of forms, Whether it's collecting customer feedback, processing orders, gathering leads, or forms that may contain sensitive data. Sensitive information submitted through forms could be vulnerable to various threats, including data breaches, unauthorized access, and manipulation. Forms can ask users to upload files, a user-uploaded file can also be a threat or a sensitive document. 

Optimizely Forms offers a comprehensive set of security features, customizations, and capabilities to protect user data and mitigate security risks. However, ensuring security is a shared responsibility and requires a proactive approach, encompassing continuous monitoring, updates, and adherence to best practices to safeguard against evolving threats and developers and editor's training.

To address security concerns, Optimizely Forms offers several built-in or customizable security features, including data encryption, data storage mechanisms, validation and sanitization, limited access control, CAPTCHA Integration, and data retention policies. It is not required to store data within the CMS database. Those should be considered while implementing and using Forms.

Organizations can enhance the security of Optimizely Forms by following these best practices:

User Education: Educate users about security best practices, such as creating strong passwords, recognizing phishing attempts, and exercising caution when sharing sensitive information via Optimizely Forms. e.g. If submitted data is stored in Forms, then it will be visible to any editors who have access to CMS regardless the data is related or not. User-uploaded files can appear in Search results within the CMS or globally if not taken care of.

Regular Updates: Stay vigilant about applying software updates and patches released by Optimizely to address known vulnerabilities and security flaws in Optimizely Forms.

Strong Authentication: Implement strong authentication mechanisms, such as multi-factor authentication (MFA), to verify the identities of users accessing Optimizely Forms backend interfaces and administrative dashboards.

Security Testing: Conduct regular security assessments, including penetration testing and vulnerability scanning, to identify and remediate potential security weaknesses in Optimizely Forms implementations.

Malware Scan for User uploaded files: Implement scanning of user-uploaded files, solutions will be different, depending on the infrastructure.

May 16, 2024

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