As commerce becomes more digitalized each day, security threats to online business increase alongside it. Database security is a fast-growing market in the IT industry and for good reason. Cybercriminal activity is becoming a serious problem for many businesses who operate mainly online, and companies are constantly looking to advance security measures to ensure the protection of their customers as well as themselves.
Although the next big leap in digital security has yet to arrive, online businesses can still take measures to maximize the effectiveness of their current protection methods. A guide from The Wall Street Journal provided some guidance on how companies can get the most out of their security systems without having to stretch their budgets any further.
Too many businesses install new software and computer systems without customizing the security options that come standard with the products. Instead of personalizing account names and passwords , IT managers and employees alike fail to make their security very tight. The Wall Street Journal noted many companies that still use stock usernames such as 'administrator' and paper-thin passwords like "01234" may think they're saving time by keeping things simple, but they are actually risking the safety of their information and failing to use their security investments wisely.
The Wall Street Journal also reminded online businesses that rely on ecommerce to consider outsourcing their payment systems to a service that specializes in transaction security. Although creating an in-house payment method might seem like the most logical choice at first, companies will thank themselves in the long run by recruiting services such as PayPal to handle it for them. Too many compliance standards and security risks can make developing a safe transaction channel a nightmare for software teams and may not seem worth the hassle.
Don't forget mobile security measures
A common pitfall for many online businesses is their failure to properly optimize mobile security for their employees and customers, leaving a wide open opportunity for hackers to infiltrate their databases. A recent report from Business2Community asked Bistech, a UK IT leader, how companies can reduce their chances of a mobile break-in.
Businesses should create foolproof security policies in the workplace and apply them directly to smartphone and tablet platforms. Mobile devices are inherently less secure due to their ability to be accessed anywhere, and companies with bring your own device policies are especially at risk because of this. By having a universal security rulebook, companies won't have to worry about weak links outside the office.