The old saying “prevention is better than cure” certainly applies to data privacy. A small bit of malicious code uploaded to your site can cause enormous damage, from an open-ended pop-up to passwords or sessions stolen and complete system compromise. As part of your data security guidelines it is important to define the frequency and manner in which your system is scanned for this kind of malicious code and also what safeguards are in place reduce the risk.
Update all software or scripts that you use on your website regularly. Hackers are targeting security vulnerabilities in popular web software, and a lack timely updates exposes your system to. Additionally, you should restrict access to your network or database to the smallest number of users required to do their duties.
Create a response plan to address potential breaches, and designate an employee to oversee the process. Depending on the nature of your business, you might need to notify customers, law enforcement officials, customers and credit bureaus. This is a serious process that should be planned for well in advance.
Implement strong password requirements on consumer accounts. Ensure that you have a method of storing passwords like requiring the use of upper and lowercase numerals, special characters as well as using salt and hash functions that are slow. Avoid the unnecessary storage of confidential user data, and when you do, lower the risk by encrypting the data or deleting it after a period of time.