Drupal is one of the most popular open source content management system out there. It is used by 3.5% of the websites who use content management system. This means that there are plenty of sites that use it.
In the article, we will be focusing on Drupal’s security. The security has always been one of the most talked topics. Without security, almost every solution or platform will not be able to sustain the increasing demand for privacy and security. With increased access to processing power, it has become easy for anyone to carry out cyber attacks. 


Drupal and Security: What You Need To Know

Drupal is a secure content management system. As a developer, you can protect your Drupal website by using general tips during the development process. For example, you can use safe protocols such as HTTPS, SFTP, SSH, etc., when working. Other tips include using SSH keys, strong password and taking regular backups.
Let’s go through few aspects that you need to look into if you want to secure your Drupal site.


Open Web Application Security Protocol (OWASP)

Drupal’s security standards are taken from the OWASP. It is a non-profit organization that works on improving the security of the software. By following their protocol, Drupal ensure that they provide a secure platform both end-users.
Drupal security is complex and you can make sense of it by reading the Drupal’s security white paper. The paper underlines all the techniques and methods used to make Drupal a secure system.
It is managed by the best security experts out there. The Drupal Security Team was created in 2015 and is managed by 40 experts around the world.


Open source and community watch

As Drupal is an open source project, its code base is entirely open for scrutiny. Anyone can go through the code base and create a request if he founds that there is a security issue. The community adds more value to the open source project by providing their insight and hence improving the project in the long run. The clear winner here is Drupal where anyone can contribute. 


Security Features of Drupal

Now, that we have understood the ecosystem behind the Drupal security, it is now time to list the security features offered by Drupal. 
Password Security: Drupal offers better password security. The passwords are encrypted and then stored in the database. Moreover, you can activate 2FA and add SSL using contributed modules. Lastly, the end-user can also use OpenID or Google Sign-in. 
Access control: Drupal offers a full degree of control. Admins can easily set access control across different features and functionality of the website running Drupal
Security reporting: As a content management system, it always ensures to inform its user about any sensitive activity. Moreover, it also provides recommendation so that you can take actions whenever needed.



Drupal security is a big topic, and it is not possible to cover everything here. However, we can safely say that Drupal is secure. So, what do you think about Drupal security? Comment below and let us know.


About the Author

Ankit is Technical Architect with 10 years of experience in delivering high end applications in various open source technologies. He is an expert in PHP, Drupal, WordPress, MVC (Zend, Laravel), MySQL, Oracle, JavaScript, JQuery, CSS 3 & HTML 5, Twitter Bootstrap (Responsive Sites), Linux (Ubuntu, Centos), Server (Apache and Nginx), AWS, Performance Optimization (Memcache, APC, Reverse Proxy Cache), Nodejs, GIT, SVN.
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