Yes, Even You Can Ensure Website Security

Why Your Website Security Matters

There are several regulatory and legal compliance standards that organizations are required to uphold when they deal with any kind of user data. A few include PCI/DSS (Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard) for credit card processing, General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), California Customer Privacy Act (CCPA) and the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Rule (COPPA). These standards protect user data, and organizations that fail to comply can be fined or even criminally prosecuted.

Crossword puzzle illustration depicting COPPA, GDPR, CCPA and PCI.
  1. Data protection must be baked into your experience “by design and by default”. If you’re creating a new website and you collect email addresses for your newsletter, you must collect, maintain and store those email addresses in a GDPR-compliant manner.
  2. You can’t just collect and store personal data just for the sake of it and all users must give specific and unambiguous consent to you before you collect any data. If you’ve ever wondered why every website you visit has a popup or banner notification asking you to accept cookies, this is why.
  3. If someone requests that you delete their data, you must delete their data. This means all users need to have the ability to request that their data is deleted and that request needs to be fulfilled with proof.

Yes, Even You Can Ensure Website Security

Website security isn’t purely a development responsibility — you should consider compliance with things like PCI, GDPR, CCPA and COPPA across the entire product experience. If you’re wondering how well your existing digital product stands up to the requirements of digital security, consider doing an audit either internally or with an agency partner like Mediacurrent. We can help you develop a roadmap to ensure that the things you build are compliant, stable and secure.

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