We’ll look at how to create a defensible eCommerce store to protect your online business from cyber threats.
How common are eCommerce security breaches? Unfortunately, frequent. Why? The main reason is that the cost of a successful attack on an eCommerce store can be huge.
Attackers know this, so it’s no surprise they are developing new ways to break into online stores.
It’s essential to stay ahead of these cyber criminals by being well-versed in the latest defensive measures.
While there may be some overlap between defences aimed at protecting physical establishments from theft and those aimed at protecting electronic assets, there are also some noticeable differences.
Most, unlike a physical establishment, an electronic one can be attacked from anywhere in the world by anyone with access to your store’s website or server.
Learn how to protect your eCommerce store from cyber threats
This article will walk you through the steps of building a defensible eCommerce store to help you mitigate your cyber risk.
A guide to eCommerce store security
Cybercrime is a real threat. Even though eCommerce stores might not be the most obvious target for cybercriminals, they are, in fact, one of their most fruitful hunting grounds.
Criminals exploit information about eCommerce sites on the dark web to find new targets and steal private data from them.
To protect your store, you need it to be defensible: resilient against attacks, with strong defences that can repel any malicious activity.
This means deploying effective security measures on both the frontend (website) and backend (server).
How to stay off the radar of cybercriminals
- Avoid common mistakes. The best way to stay off the radar of cybercriminals is by avoiding common security mistakes.
- Use a secure website and payment gateway. If you’re not sure whether your site is secure, look for a lock icon in the address bar (like this one: )
- Avoid common security mistakes: Don’t use an insecure email address like [email protected] and don’t use passwords that are easy to guess (like 123456 or [email protected]) – make sure they’re at least eight characters long, contain letters and numbers and don’t include any of your personal information (such as birth dates).
Top 5 practices to guard against malicious intrusion
- Use Two-Factor Authentication
- Use a Firewall
- Install a Web Application Firewall
- Use a Web Application Firewall
How to avoid hackers turning your store into a malware distributor
Hackers often use hacked websites to distribute malware and infect users with ransomware.
This is known as a watering hole attack and is also one of the most common ways hackers target eCommerce stores.
To avoid becoming a victim of this attack, you must ensure that hackers cannot access your site and inject malicious code into it.
The importance of good passwords
To protect your website and eCommerce store, you’ll need to take a few steps to ensure it is secure. For example:
- Use a password manager if you have too many passwords to remember, invest in or download software that stores them in an encrypted database on your computer or phone.
- Change passwords. Your bank’s site uses a complicated encryption system to protect customer information; if someone gets their hands on the password for your bank account, they can cause severe damage before you realize what’s happening (and even then). Make sure you change your passwords at least once every few months—and more often if there’s reason to believe there may be unauthorized access attempts being made against your site!
- Don’t reuse passwords across sites like Facebook or Amazon (or other accounts requiring unique logins). Hackers could use those same credentials elsewhere if one site gets compromised, devastating results for consumers’ finances and reputations within their social circles!
How to limit your liability in case of an attack
Cybersecurity is a complex topic. It’s not about having the best software and the most secure infrastructure; it’s also about understanding what happens when things go wrong and being ready to deal with them.
That means having good lawyers, crisis managers, insurance providers in your corner—and even an entire team dedicated to cybersecurity issues.
If you don’t have these resources at hand, then it’s time for you to start developing them now before your business is the next victim of an attack—and if you do have these resources in place but want some extra help or guidance on how they should be used when something goes wrong, we’re here for that too!
Why you need a cybersecurity action plan
The cybersecurity landscape is changing at a rapid pace.
Cyber threats are growing in sophistication and volume, and cybercriminals are becoming bolder in their attacks.
It would help if you had a cybersecurity action plan to protect your online store from the latest threats, such as:
- Malware – viruses, worms, spyware and other malicious code
- Phishing – fraudulent emails that look like they’re from legitimate businesses or organizations but are trying to get your login credentials or other sensitive information
- DDoS attacks – using botnets (an extensive collection of infected computers) to flood websites with traffic until they go offline
Maintaining a secure online presence requires vigilance, and vigilance requires well-laid-out plans that can be acted on quickly and precisely.
Maintaining a secure online presence requires vigilance, and vigilance requires well-laid-out plans that can be acted on.
When it comes to cyber threats, you should have a plan for everything: the right teams in place; regular testing of your security system; a reaction plan if your site is hacked; etc., but most, you need to be able to react when something goes wrong.
You need to be able to make quick decisions and act on them.
The first step toward achieving this level of readiness is understanding how your customers use your site—and then being ready for anything they throw at you!
The last word
A website security breach is not a matter of if but when.
Regardless of the size and scope of your business, it would help if you were prepared for the worst-case scenario—an attack on your online presence that leaves its reputation in tatters and its customers feeling vulnerable.
And in today’s world, where cyber threats are growing at an exponential rate, being prepared is no longer enough: You must build your defences with an airtight cybersecurity action plan that can be acted on quickly and efficiently.