Online security is an ever-present topic on the internet - a wealth of articles and guides dicussing and dissecting various security topics can be found with a simple search, most of them well-worth reading. Whether you are operating an eCommerce store, or are connected with day-to-day operations of online businesses in any way, you are most likely already aware of the importance of keeping your customer (and your own) data safe from attack, and the repercussions a successful breach can have for your business.
With this in mind, this article does not aim to describe the importance of security as a whole, various methods of attack that may be employed against an eCommerce website, or how to safeguard against them. Instead, here we will advocate for taking a proactive approach to the topic of security, rather than a reactive one.
You see, even if you follow all the industry best practices already (and you absolutely, positively should), you also need to be aware that the system you are running (be a CMS like Magento and Prestashop, or even an eCommerce platform such as Shopify) is a living entity, constantly probed for security vulnerabilities by would-be attacker and the developer both locked in a neverending tug of war, with one side racing to exploit any such vulnerability, and the other to patch them.
Not only that, but your system will likely also incorporate a number of third-party modules created in order to extend the usability, and each of them (though to a varying degree) is subject to the same arms race. Finally, your eCommerce store is running on some sort of server system, which will again be composed of multiple components that are constantly being probed and patched.
If the implications of what you just read are starting to make you feel nervous, you're not alone. Security and safety is what we worry about as well, which is why we perform regular security scans on all of our client sites on a regular basis and implement fixes for any vulnerabilities detected as a matter of routine. This, in additon to implementing industry-standard best practices, helps keep our customers (and our customer's customers) data safe, keeping us all in business.
We invite you join us and start checking your eCommerce stores. You see, someone else is likely already at it, and they don't have your business's best interest in mind.