|About the author:
Alex, a Security Operation Analyst at a global cybersecurity company, is interested in different topics on eCommerce marketing, along with other cybersecurity concerns like endpoint protection for enterprises. Her blogs oftentimes focus on technology, business, marketing, and cloud-integration aspects. eCommerce websites are prone to malicious threats, that’s why she’s sharing some tips on how to secure your eCommerce website.
One of the biggest problems being faced by businesses engaged in ecommerce is keeping the security of their ecommerce sites. Addressing this issue will help the ecommerce industry grow even more. So what should a business do to secure its site from risks? The following can help them out.
Choose a Secure Platform for Your Ecommerce Site
The first step in securing your ecommerce site is establishing it on a secure platform. The platform that you’re picking should have hefty features and shouldn’t not take security lightly.
A good example of a secure platform is CS-Cart. Taking it from CS-Cart itself:
CS‑Cart has been created and developed by a team of professionals since 2005. Not a community of artists, this is a team of highly qualified full-time professionals. That’s why our ecommerce tools are much more secure than Magento or PrestaShop. If we find a bug, we fix it at our quickest pace.
Ensure That Your Payment Processing is on a Secured Connection
Ensure that cyber crooks will find it very difficult, if not impossible, to tap into your payment processing systems. Use a secured connection by implementing Secure Sockets Layers (SSL) or the improved Extended Validation Secure Sockets Layer.
For the highest standards in connection security, make sure that you are compliant with the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS). For example, CS-Cart supports SSL and adheres to PCI Standards.
Avoid Storing Sensitive Data
The less data you store, the less risk is posed. PCI actually forbids the storage of sensitive data, such as debit or credit card numbers and the card verification value (CVV).
Verify Credit Card Transactions
Avoid fraudulent credit card transactions by employing address verification systems, as well as by requiring the card verification value.
Educate Your Employees
A good strategy in keeping the security of your ecommerce site is keeping your employees educated of security protocols. This reduces the chance for them in falling to tricks by cyber crooks.
Monitor Your Ecommerce Site Regularly
Make an effort in ensuring that your site is monitored by a real-time analytics tool. Also discuss monitoring protocols with your web host which, should include malware and virus scans.
Utilize DDoS Protection and Mitigation Service
Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) is an attack from multiple sources which overwhelms the site, and ultimately makes the service unavailable. Protection against such an attack is vital.
Deal with Fraudulent Transactions Head On
Having fraud management and chargeback management services is a practical contingency plan in dealing with fraudulent transactions. It is best to be ready when this kind of transactions slip as you will never be able to fully prevent them from coming.