It’s a given: every company, no matter how small, collects customer data via their website. And with more data (including personally identifiable information) moving from user to server to website, more attack surfaces open up. Over the past several years, data protection laws have been passed all over the world; these are in addition to already-existing acts like HIPAA, PCI-DSS and others. Following these data protection rules applies to every aspect of your business, including your website. Read on to learn about keeping customer data safe, and demonstrate your commitment to data security.
The Importance of Website Security
Going on a website itself involves a transfer of data, before any of it’s stored and used by a business. When connecting to a website, packets of data move from the server hosting the website, and these packets are stored temporarily on the user’s computer. Data transfer goes in the opposite direction, too–information like who is connecting, their IP address and more. At any point in the process, a bad actor can steal the data and even create fake packets to install malware. Therefore, data encryption is crucial. If visitors’ data is lost, stolen or compromised, it can mean fines and loss of reputation, even going out of business. This begs the question, how to protect user data?
Website Security Best Practices
Following Data Protection Regulations Reinforces Website Security
Many organizations are required to comply with some data protection regulation, whether PCI-DSS (e-commerce), HIPAA (healthcare), GDPR (if doing business with European companies) or the Federal Trade Commission in the US. Moreover, individual US states like California have their own legislation on what can be done with customer data and what rights customers have around their data. Even if your company is exempt from some regulations, basing your data-handling practices on the regulations can only help you earn the confidence of your customers.
Your customers’ trust in your website depends on how you treat their data. For more information on keeping your website safe, contact ClikCloud today.