How Do You Keep Your Customers’ Information Secure?

With all the security breaches lately making private information vulnerable we are left scratching our heads. There are many things that can be done by website owners to improve security and protect our information. Let’s look at some of the best practices.

Why is Web Application Security Important

The web transfers data around the world through space, without security measures this information is left wide open for anyone to grab a hold of and use as they wish. When private and sensitive data is transferred protecting from people who wish to misuse it is important, because customers and patients don’t want someone wandering around pretending to be them.

We don’t want people to steal and use our credit card and bank account information leaving us stuck with bills to pay that we didn’t even incur. We need to do our best to make sure that this information is kept safe, and we definitely need to make sure that our banks, and other websites keep our information secure.

Best Practices to Keep Information Safe

There are probably millions of practices for web security, we could be here all day going over them. However, we are going to take a look at some of the best practices that should be used to keep our information safe.

  • Create web application blueprint
  • Prioritize web applications
  • Use cookies securely
  • Have a bounty program

Let’s break down these 4 practices businesses should be doing to keep our information secure.

Create web application blueprint

Taking this step creates a blueprint of all applications a website uses. When setting up this blueprint companies should also include the people responsible for maintaining application security. This practice helps keep an inventory of a companies web applications and processes.

Prioritize Web Applications

Companies should sort their web applications into 3 main categories, in order or priority.

  • Critical
    • Contains customer or patient information. These should be taken care of first because they are more likely to be a target for hackers.
  • Serious
    • These applications can be containing sensitive information.
  • Normal
    • These applications will contain far less sensitive information, but should include in future tests for security.

Prioritizing applications can save on intensive testing and valuable company resources.

Use cookies securely

While cookies are often used to make a return, visitors experience more personalized and quicker they are a target for hackers.

  • Cookies should never be used to store highly sensitive information.
  • Act conservatively while setting expiration dates
  • Encrypt information that is stored in cookies to protect the information

Have a bounty program

Offer users a “bounty” of monetary value to find and report security risks. This type of program will make users like you and me more aware of where we share and what information we share.

In the End

Web application security is no joke. With the way that we just put in our information and hit send we need to be protected, because sometimes that act is thoughtless. We should all be aware of what information we share and how we share it and how it is handled. Checkmarx.com is a great place to find more Web Application Security Best Practices. While these best practices will vary from person to person and business to business, security is important and we should know what is being done to protect us.