Don’t Forget to Consider Your Ecommerce Security in 2020
With the start of 2020, you’ve probably already initiated planned strategies to boost business and enhance operational efficiency for the coming year and beyond. But did your strategizing address Ecommerce security? If not, then all your hard work and business success could be jeopardized by computer hackers and related cyber threats, which are growing globally at an exponential rate. In fact, cybercrime has emerged as a powerful, trillion-dollar criminal business, as evidenced by assorted research compiled by Cybercrime Magazine.
Numerous Cyber Threats to Your Ecommerce Site
While there are literally dozens of potential cyber threats that could impact your Ecommerce site, a handful—
- Cross-Site Scripting
- SQL Injection
—represent the most widely used among cyberattacks on Ecommerce. In the case that your Ecommerce site is successfully attacked, the repercussions could be devastating. Even if you do not suffer a direct financial loss, you might have to pay for data recovery, credit monitoring, forensic cyber investigation, potential fines, and to rebuild any damage to your website. Additionally, a successful attack that captures customer data, will undoubtedly compromise the trust between you and your customer base, putting future sales at risk.
Ecommerce Sites Also Required to Follow Standards
Not only do you need to protect your business from numerous potential cyber threats, but if you are running an Ecommerce site it may need to operate in compliance with a number of cybersecurity related standards. These include:
- Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI-DSS)—addresses management of online credit card transactions.
- California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA)—and similar state-level data protection laws.
- General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)—Protects European citizen data and privacy, but applies internationally.
Basic Tips for Your Ecommerce Security in 2020
With extensive experience building websites for its foodservice industry clients, the online marketing experts at Place1SEO are well aware of the threats posed by cybercriminals. We work with our clients to ensure that their websites feature the latest in cybersecurity features, and that their website and relevant operations follow cybersecurity standards. No matter what level of cybersecurity your business has incorporated into its Ecommerce site, there are several basic security measures that should be standard practice with your site, including:
Use Secure Password Protocols—This one should be a no-brainer, given that a significant portion of successful cyberattacks may be related to weak or stolen passwords. Unfortunately, people tend to be lazy and do not follow the standard protocol for password security of making sure that they are at least eight characters, with a combination of upper and lowercase letters, numbers, and symbols.
Update your Software— Updating all software relating to your Ecommerce site should be standard operating procedure because many updates involve security upgrades. Failing to take advantage of such upgrades exposes vulnerabilities within your site that hackers may be able to exploit.
Use a Firewall—There is a wide variety of firewalls, so it may be worth it to consult with a cybersecurity expert to determine which firewall will best protect your Ecommerce site.
Use Encryption—Make sure you incorporate encryption on your website to protect data that’s being transmitted between your website and database. Not only does activated encrypted SSL protocol help protect your data, but also boosts your SEO efforts, as SSL-secured Ecommerce sites tend to rank higher in searches.
Back-Up on a Regular Basis—While it’s not going to prevent an attack, this should be done daily, if not more often, just to ensure that you can recover your important Ecommerce and related data in the event of a cyberattack.
Place1 SEO Can Help Your Business with Cybersecurity
If you want to learn more about how to make your Ecommerce site more cybersecure, contact the online marketing experts at Place1SEO. Our online marketing team has a stellar record in building websites for its foodservice industry clients and is attuned to the cybersecurity features that should be incorporated in Ecommerce websites. From website development to full-service social media marketing and targeted campaigns, Place1SEO can boost your foodservice industry eCommerce business. Contact us today at 239.228.8837.