Top Six Cybersecurity Strategies for Keeping E-Commerce Secure


When the CMS and e-commerce platforms are integrated, businesses run the risk of several sources of intrusion and the integration points themselves can be vulnerable to attack.

Businesses probably use both a Content Management System (CMS) and an e-commerce platform. Together, these technologies power the company, empowering partners, consumers, and sales teams. These technologies, however, can also be a target because they offer everything a bad actor might possibly want, including lists of suppliers and partners, trade secrets, sensitive consumer information and even discount codes.

The potential threats and weak spots are largely the same whether the CMS and e-commerce platforms are integrated into a single comprehensive suite or are separate systems.

Businesses that combine their e-commerce and CMS systems run the risk of having both their technology and the integration points themselves exposed to attack or at the very least to spying.

If a company uses an all-in-one system, a single phishing-enabled breach or exploited flaw might provide threat actors complete control in a single motion.

Here are a few cybersecurity strategies that are well-suited to e-commerce and CMS platforms.

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Collect only Necessary Customer Information as Possible

Businesses must collect the least amount of consumer data possible and be careful about how and where they store data. Companies could go out of business if they steal data like medical information or consumer credit card numbers, because of civil lawsuit penalties, the market impact, and negative publicity.

Take Precautions When Storing Data on Internet-facing Servers

E-commerce platform must be aware of inventory levels and price discounts. What if competitors were able to get that data in a neat package? They might be able to utilize the corporate data against the organization.

Leverage Penetration Testing

Businesses cannot know how secure their software is without testing it, regardless of whether it is off-the-shelf, custom-made by consultants, or in-house developed. Pen tests should be conducted frequently and extensively because, in addition to becoming less secure if not maintained correctly, service environments of system are changing and attackers are evolving. Businesses don’t know what they don’t know if they haven’t recently pen tested or evaluated their defenses.

Verify Software Providers

Businesses must carefully review any cloud services they use. They must check to determine if the business adheres to required security measures and has received the highest level of certification for its security processes. These protocols include strict access control, regular code reviews, rigorous security testing and anomaly detection. Companies should expect nothing less from supplier.

Check with Payment Processors and Banks

Working with credit-card payments and ACH transfers involves a variety of procedures. Some of them seem self-evident, like using CVV values on credit cards and checking the shipping addresses match the address of the bank account, but e-commerce systems might not by default allow those additional levels of validation. Employing a provider that focuses on payment transactions can be beneficial here. Businesses can then focus on their core strengths because these services will be PCI DSS certified.

Following the above strategies can help CMS and e-commerce platforms be more secure and more trustworthy than ever before, once systems are in place to work safely and run securely.

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Keep a Record of Everything and Examine It for Anomalies and Attack Patterns

Every privileged login, every transaction on the e-commerce platform or the CMS, and every mistake brought on by the use of a poor password must be recorded. Modern-day attacks can be swift and subtle, and there is too much data to correlate for trends, so businesses shouldn’t rely on humans to analyze those records. Businesses should monitor events and records using machine learning tools, and ensure that someone is in charge of receiving, reviewing, and acting on such reports.

Once systems are in place to operate safely and securely, implementing the above strategies can help CMS and e-commerce platforms be more trustworthy and secure than ever before.

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