Drop Guard is in a continuous process of optimization and development. As it is still a unique platform concept on the market place, we started years ago with a sketchy blueprint of what Drop Guard is today - and rather will be in future. With this post I will give you a quick overview of what is planned and something which is a little secret between you and me.
When it comes to new tools, different workflows or any other kind of process changes, a company needs to ensure that the changes happen as smooth and resource saving as possible.
Drop Guard will undergo some big improvements this year to keep this switch for our users, developers, small Drupal shops and big agencies, as simple as possible. Besides outside-feedback from customers, we always love to hear the thoughts of our own team members. This time, we want to share an interview with our web developer Serkan Bekdemir, who’s now responsible for the Drop Guard usage in our own company, Bright Solutions.
Enjoy a scoop of honest critique and suggestions!
Manuel, our CEO, and I spent our last Thursday and Friday on the European Drupal Business Days in Frankfurt, Germany. The event was the third of its sort, attracting CEOs, Marketing Managers and other influencer. As the event title might tell in advance, it was a business and marketing tailored session schedule throughout.
After a kicking Keynote from Jeffrey aka Jam, Manuel just jumped on the “sell value, not Drupal code” train with his session “recurring revenue in the Drupal business”. Sure, we all know the power of "content first" but do we really adjust our thoughts and steps to this mantra? I don't think so. Value entails revenue. Not the other way around.
We, at Drop Guard, never stop thinking what else can we do to help Drupalistas around the world to get aboard of the continuous update process ship (as we call it) as soon as possible. More and more threats are being discovered every day, and it's absolutely imperative to stay alerted all around the clock either with help of automation platforms like Drop Guard or doing things your own way.
Let’s see where to start first. There will be a lot of “first” today in this post, that’s really exciting and shows that 2017 started quite encouraging. The Splash Awards took place yesterday in Hamburg - it’s the first time that Germany hosted this Drupal event. The first Splash Awards ever were organized by the Dutch Drupal Foundation in the Netherlands back in 2014 (thank you for encouraging all other countries!).
The holiday season was a lot of fun for the Drop Guard team, but also very busy. We've worked hard to deliver a whole package of impressive features and improvements to our update management platform. Big plans were also made for 2017. Without further hesitation let's start the New Year with the news!
Two days ago another highly critical security update affected Drupal and many other CMS systems. It was the PHPMailer Library which leaves millions of websites vulnerable to the remote exploit (see https://www.drupal.org/psa-2016-004 for details). In comparison to Drupalgeddon which had a risk of 25/25 this update has 23/25. BUT there are some things which make this update even riskier than Drupalgeddon:
Our CEO Manuel and Joe, Marcel and Serkan from our team visited the last Drupal event of this year in our calendar: DrupalCamp Munich alias #dugmuc. It's been a pleasure to support this event as Silver Sponsor! With the 4th of December, we closed the Drupal season with great “Days”, “Camps” and “Cons” in 2016.
A lot of Drupal community members, who are interested in or already use Drop Guard, were waiting for this ultimate guide on continuous security in Drupal. Using Drop Guard in a daily routine improved update workflows and increased the efficiency of the website support for all of our users. But there were still a lot of blind spots and unexplored capabilities such as using Drop Guard as an "SLA catalyser". So we've stuck our heads together and figured out how to share this information with you in a professional and condensed way.
It's no secret that Drupal's success depends heavily on the collaborative community culture and the continuous communication process between all members of the community. It’s not for nothing that we embrace the “come for the code, stay for the community” mantra.
Today we're asking you - an agency, freelancer or a lone webmaster - to think with us a little bit about the quality of security protection your service provider delivers to ensure your website and online services are running smoothly.