E-Commerce sites have become increasingly popular. Businesses are now offering the products they sell in brick and mortar stores online in an aide to boost revenue and increase customer satisfaction. Unfortunately, the increase of e-commerce sites comes with an increase of security breaches.


Trustwave has reported that there are a handful of reasons why these breaches are growing. Here are the top three reasons breaches continue to grow:


  1. Breaches are now targeting online: Hackers have worked aggressively on point of sales breaches and are taking the work they’ve done in the past and retargeting to online.
  2. It’s gotten easier: Hackers have already pirated advanced screening tools that make hacking easier on them than ever before.
  3. There’s a huge pay off: E-commerce sites store large databases of personal information and cardholder information. All the information that hackers obtain from online breaches can be sold on the black market making it extremely valuable. 


Knowing why hackers are targeting e-commerce sites helps understand the importance of putting the right protection methods in place. Making it more difficult for a security breach protects your business and your customers.


Here are five methods to help protect your E-Commerce site:


1. Do not store sensitive data
There is no need to store countless customer records, especially credit card numbers, expiration dates and CVV2 codes. Purge the data from your system. You can’t be robbed if there is nothing to steal. Keep your business and customers safe by not storing all of their information in your databases.


2. Install a web application firewall
This solution offers several capabilities, including anti-malware, intrusion detection and prevention, as well as reputation and integrity monitoring. Having this system in place allows you to be on top of what’s happening and when additional protective measures need to be put in place. Stay ahead of your hackers by installing a great web application firewall.


3. Use Secure Sockets Layers (SSL) on pages requiring customer information
SSL provides secure connection between Internet browsers and websites that keep transactions private and secure. SSL ensures e-businesses are able to protect their customers by keeping all information private. They also prevent hackers from following your customers’ web traffic and stealing their passwords or credit card information. This provides an extra layer of security and increases your customers’ trust.


4. Utilize encryption
Encryption processes information and converts it into a form called ciphertext. Ciphertext keeps information safe by making all information difficult to read and understand to unauthorized people. Always encrypt passwords and any other sensitive information, in case data falls into the wrong hands.


5. Update your software and solutions
Use solutions that offer the most up-to-date security practices. Antiquated systems are easier to hack and leave e-business owners more susceptible to breaches. The most up-to-date software and systems come with extra security measures that will enhance the protection of your business.


To upgrade your equipment and to ensure you have the best protection available on the market, contact us today. Your protection is our business and we will make sure to keep you safe.