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Headless CMS and cybersecurity businesses

Kaya Ismail

Cybersecurity businesses are charged with keeping data safe, and many times, that starts with the software and technology stacks in use. As more enterprises worldwide emphasize digitizing their content, the CMS has become one of the most integral pieces of that stack. For cybersecurity companies that want to set a good example for their clients, having a CMS that offers a high level of security is necessary.

A headless CMS offers that security, along with the capabilities to navigate today’s multi-channel content-driven world. In this article we’ll dive into how a headless CMS can help cybersecurity businesses.

Section titled What is a headless CMS?

Regardless of the type of platform, traditional or headless, a CMS’ purpose is to manage content. First of all, let’s explain what a traditional CMS is, as this is critical to understanding how a headless CMS differs. A traditional CMS, otherwise known as a legacy CMS, has a back-end data storage and content management layer and a front-end presentation layer. This front-end layer contains an admin interface with options for editing content, such as with a WYSIWYG editor.

In a traditional CMS, these two layers are tightly linked together, meaning that they can’t operate independently. This makes a traditional CMS a great option for publishing content to one channel, like a brand website or a mobile app. But what about when companies need to post content to multiple channels, as is our modern digital environment. Here, a headless CMS can provide the answers as it is a back-end-only CMS. Content can be accessed using and delivered to different channels using APIs. This means that a headless CMS can allow cybersecurity companies to push content to multiple devices and manage it all in one place.

An illustration showing the differences between a headless and a legacy system

Traditional CMS vs Headless CMS

Section titled Does your cybersecurity company need a headless CMS?

If your cybersecurity business only has one channel to publish content like a website, then you might not immediately see the need for a headless CMS. A traditional CMS - like WordPress or Drupal - could do this job just fine. However, things change when you want to publish content to your latest mobile app or allow customers to access a native-looking application on their tablet.

Traditional CMS vs Headless CMS
Traditional CMSHeadless CMS
SynonymLegacy CMSAPI-first CMS
HostingUsually self-hostedSaaS with self-hosted options
ChannelsOne channelMultiple channels
Content modelSingular useReusable content
Security featuresSusceptible to numerous attacks because of a large surface area for attackBetter shielded from attacks of all types due to decoupled architecture
Frontend framework optionsLimitedFramework agnostic

Ultimately, it depends on your business’ specific needs, but there are some advantages to choosing a headless CMS instead of a traditional CMS. Due to the architecture of a headless CMS, it is less susceptible to cyberattacks like distributed denial of service (DDoS).

Since a headless CMS doesn’t render content itself and uses client-side JavaScript and reduces the surface area for these cyberattacks to target since the frontend and backend aren’t closely coupled together, it is easier to prevent these types of attacks, boosting security.

Section titled Benefits of a headless CMS for your cybersecurity business

Having a secure CMS is critical for a cybersecurity company, but there are some additional benefits to having a headless CMS.

Section titled Faster performance and page loading

A headless CMS provides faster performance and page loading than a traditional CMS. Since the CMS doesn’t have to render pages on its own and instead uses client-side rendering, this means that content can load faster. Plus, with connections made via APIs, performance is increased as well.

Section titled Enterprise-grade security

A headless CMS provides enterprise-grade security that cybersecurity businesses will enjoy. Many headless CMS platforms feature access controls and single-sign-on features that reduce the number of login credentials required and make it easier to monitor who has access to the CMS. Plus, a headless CMS features additional security measures through hosting and security frameworks.

For instance, Amazon AWS provides data center access to only approved employees and restricts access to data to only those with the appropriate authorization level. In addition, security frameworks and certifications such as SOC2, ISO 27001, and FedRAMP are included to aid in enterprise-level security.

Section titled Easier integrations

A headless CMS makes it easier for cybersecurity businesses to integrate the other elements of their tech stack. Rather than go through complicated integration processes that could take a long time and render the CMS more susceptible to cyberattacks, integrations are made easily through APIs.

Section titled User-friendly editing

Marketers at cybersecurity businesses can benefit from the user-friendly editing capabilities of a headless CMS. Managing content for various channels can sometimes be a challenge. However, a headless CMS makes it easier for marketers to orchestrate and publish content for any channel.

Section titled Content CDN

The speed of content delivery can significantly impact performance and security. A headless CMS that includes a content delivery network (CDN) can simplify content delivery to locations around the world, increasing performance and also providing better Google Lighthouse scores, which impacts how well content is received by customers, SEO ranking, and more.

Section titled Headless CMS use cases for cybersecurity companies

There are a number of different ways a cybersecurity company can use a headless CMS to create content. Here are some of the things you can do with a headless CMS.

  • Launch websites: Build new fast and secure websites more easily to appeal to more customers.
  • Mobile apps: Cybersecurity firms can launch their own mobile apps using a headless CMS.
  • Custom forms: Clients constantly have to fill out forms and checklists to determine their level of security. With a headless CMS creating these customized forms is much easier.
  • Customer portals: Cybersecurity companies can build user-friendly customer portals for clients to access relevant information quickly, monitor their data security, and more.

Section titled Cybersecurity businesses using a headless CMS

Making the switch from a traditional CMS to a headless CMS might seem like a tough decision. However, if you follow the example of these companies, you can reap some of the benefits as well.

Armorblox needed a new website that would boost their brand identity, speed up loading times and provide the level of security they do for their clients. After switching to a headless CMS, they were able to receive these benefits and more. By leveraging the Jamstack and modern JavaScript frameworks like Gatsby, they could handle their content with an easy-to-manage platform.

Another cybersecurity firm Emerging Dynamics, which provides intelligence-led solutions for various security problems, found that their website was lacking in key areas such as performance, accessibility, and SEO best practices. They needed to switch from a flat-file CMS to a modern platform that improved performance and made it easier for them to boost the customer experience. With a headless CMS, they found the answer and could 3X their performance by switching to the Jamstack.

Section titled Storyblok: A headless CMS for cybersecurity companies

If you’re looking for a headless CMS for your cybersecurity business, you don’t need to look any further than Storyblok. A modern headless CMS that provides the capabilities enterprises need to navigate the digital landscape, Storyblok provides marketers with user-friendly content editing with the help of a visual editor. Developers can benefit from a framework-agnostic platform that allows them to use the frameworks they feel most comfortable with to create websites, mobile applications, and more.

Storyblok also has several enterprise-grade cybersecurity features, including a web application firewall for APIs to limit cross-site scripting and SQL injection attacks. Continuous automatic security tests are performed as well as monthly recovery tests that leverage version control to recover static assets.

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