3 ways to secure your E-commerce data

3 ways to secure your E-commerce data

3 ways to secure your E-commerce data

With massively increased online shopping taking place this holiday season, it’s normal for your customers to wonder if they are shopping on a secure ecommerce site. There are several ways to provide peace of mind to those shoppers.

First, ensure that your site is PCI compliant and reflect that in your privacy policy. The PCI (Payment Card Industry) security standard dictates a set of comprehensive requirements for enhancing payment account data security such as credit card numbers, names, addresses, email, etc. Provide a link to your privacy policy that is easily available from every page. In addition to including your PCI compliance status, tell customers:

  • what information you collect
  • how you use it
  • if you share itWith massively increased online shopping taking place this holiday season, it’s normal for your customers to wonder if they are shopping on a secure ecommerce site. There are several ways to provide peace of mind to those shoppers.

First, ensure that your site is PCI compliant and reflect that in your privacy policy. The PCI (Payment Card Industry) security standard dictates a set of comprehensive requirements for enhancing payment account data security such as credit card numbers, names, addresses, email, etc. Provide a link to your privacy policy that is easily available from every page. In addition to including your PCI compliance status, tell customers:

  • what information you collect
  • how you use it
  • if you share it
  • how you store it

Make sure that all employees are following the policy and that the policy is updated if any changes are made.

Second, as part of PCI compliance, you must add a Web Application Firewall (WAF) to your ecommerce website. WAF is the first line of defense to block web application attacks that could open a hole in the network, allowing criminals to access customer data. Most ecommerce sites have several web applications that could be vulnerable. For instance, shopping cart software, customer service applications, shipping applications, or live chat can open up vulnerabilities to malicious attacks if your website is not protected with a WAF solution.

Third, only work with PCI Certified 3rd party tools. Your ecommerce site may be PCI certified, but any technology you employ should also meet those standards.

Working only with PCI Certified vendors can bring major benefits to ecommerce websites, while failure in any one area of your website can have serious and long-term negative consequences. Make sure online shoppers are aware of third party tools’ status with PCI standards in your privacy policy.
how you store it
Make sure that all employees are following the policy and that the policy is updated if any changes are made.

Third, only work with PCI Certified 3rd party tools. Your ecommerce site may be PCI certified, but any technology you employ should also meet those standards.

Working only with PCI Certified vendors can bring major benefits to ecommerce websites, while failure in any one area of your website can have serious and long-term negative consequences. Make sure online shoppers are aware of third party tools’ status with PCI standards in your privacy policy.

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