Yes. Google penalizes websites with low or no cyber security. The reason is that a non-secure website puts website visitors at risk. There are a few things to watch out for to be safe from a Google penalty. If any of these things come up, changes will need to be made to your web presence. Let's start with some basics that could come up in an interview. Since Google continues to revise and tweak the way content is indexed on the web, you need to stay up to date on these changes. Make sure your HTTPS, TSL, and SSL are all in place. Even if it does publish updates on its algorithm, there are constant changes and sometimes no explanations about which changes are being made or when. It's important to note that the types of questions that come up will cover HTTPS, TSL, and SSL Certificates. The reason for this is two-fold. One is that Google looks at which sites are protected by security, and ranks them accordingly. The other is it also looks at which sites are not protected and displays an exclamation mark just to the left of the domain URL showing it is not secured.
"Working with cross-functional teams within our company has given me the experience to work on Search Engine Optimization, Marketing, as well as Google Penguin, Panda, and Hummingbird algorithms and releases. These tie directly into our corporate Cyber Security policy, and why it's important for us to be aware of internal and external activities that affect the security of our systems. It is my responsibility to work closely with our marketing department to make sure they are following our security policies and that they don't run the risk of launching a campaign that might compromise our website ranking. Some examples are SEO indexing, domain authority, and over use of keywords."
"One of the most important lessons I have learned first-hand is that Google does penalize websites for not having security on them (SSL Certificates-HTTPS and TSL), and it goes one step further to crawl your site to see if you have 404 error pages, broken links, or pages with suspicious content, it drops your ranking to the very bottom of searches. My current role dictates that I test all pages, links, content, shopping cart, contact form fields, blog pages, etc. to make sure we are compliant with all our security measures in Google's eyes. One of the tools I use to ping our site is Ping-O-Matic, which pings our site for irregularities or suspicious activity."