Data privacy is one of the areas where the old adage “prevention is better then cure” is definitely true. A small piece harmful code uploaded on your website can cause huge damage. From the pop-up, to a compromise of your system, or a stolen session or password. As part of your data security policies you must define the frequency and duration at which your system scans for this type of malicious code and also what protections are in place to minimize the risk.

Update all software or scripts which you use on your website regularly. Security flaws are being targeted by hackers in the most popular web applications, and a lack timely updates exposes your system to. In addition, you should restrict access to your network or database to the minimum number of users required to do their jobs.

Develop a response plan to address any potential breaches and assign one of your employees to oversee this procedure. Depending on your company it is possible to notify customers, law enforcement, and credit bureaus. This is a major action that must be planned well in advance.

Implement strong password requirements on consumer accounts. Make sure you have a reliable method for storing passwords, for example, requiring the use of upper and lowercase numerals, special characters or using salt and hash functions that are slow. Avoid storing sensitive user data, and if you do, reduce the risk by either encrypting the data or deletion after a period of time.