In the previous blog series on data localisation, we already touched upon it: data security. But what does security for a web shop mean in practical terms? And perhaps a better question for webshop owners: How do I minimise the worries?
In this blog, we will explain where webshop security starts and how companies can ensure that the data of your webshop is optimally secured.
Security on 4 levels
Of course, security is a broad word, but security for a web shop begins with the hosting of a site. When it comes to security at a hosting company, the question “what are the risks?” is the most important. The biggest risks are:
- Someone either has or gains access to something that they are not supposed to have access to. Think, for example, of hackers or burglars.
- The risk of accidents that can occur both physically and digitally. Think of a fire in a datacenter or a virus in the system.
These are all risks where security requirements are of great importance. And all these dangers can be divided into different levels. For hosting a website, the security requirements can be divided into four levels.
Physical data centre security
The security of a web shop starts with the hosting. Specifically, the physical location of the hosting. The datacenters where the data is stored and processed are important to keep safe. There are global and European security standards that a company must comply with in order to secure a data centre. This also applies to physical security. In addition to these standards, a company can choose to take extra measures to tighten up security. Physical security measures may include fencing around the building, camera surveillance or an identity check when entering the data centre.
Physical server security
Server security is also physical, as there are still risks to be covered. For example, physical security can be ensured by placing locks on servers so that only the designated people can access the server. Also, servers need to be safeguarded against accidents. An example would be a ventilation system that ensures that the servers do not overheat. The casing around the servers can also be made sturdy enough to prevent accidents. Again, global and European safety standards have been established for this.
Operating systems safety
At the operating level, the main focus is on keeping all systems up-to-date and using the most modern techniques. Doing this makes it more difficult for malicious parties to abuse any programming errors.
When we talk about the security of the application, we are mainly talking about the webshop itself. The responsibility of making the web shop safe is on the web shop owner. In the previous blog, we discussed the importance of keeping a webshop up-to-date.
Do you want to know how we deal with security? Read our next blog “Worry-free data security at MageHost”