So, you want to launch a new e-commerce website? Or move an existing business online? There are a few fundamental steps that you can follow to set your business up for e-commerce success.

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Why you’re onto a good idea

E-commerce sales are increasing exponentially worldwide. E-commerce sales accounted for 14% of all retail sales worldwide last year and that number is expected to continue to rise, despite the present economic uncertainty hampering most global markets.

With an e-commerce website, your business will be able to sell and deliver products to customers almost anywhere in the world, offering your business unparalleled opportunity for growth and increased revenue streams.

Some fundamental steps to keep in mind

1. Forward Planning

Executing a successful e-commerce strategy needs mindful co-ordination. Begin by determining your business’s key objectives. Create a timeline adhering to those objectives and then develop a financial plan to keep you on time and on budget. …

What is a Penetration Test?

Penetration tests (or pen tests, in short) are simulated attacks in a controlled environment carried out by third-party security specialists who employ the same techniques as attackers located outside your infrastructure.

The test will reveal if your servers or applications will resist hostile attacks and if the identified vulnerabilities can lead to further intrusion and exploitation.

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5 Reasons why businesses need Penetration Testing:

1. Enable regulatory compliance and avoid fines

Pen testing is mandated by many industry-specific regulations. These regulations are formulated by major security standards, including HIPAA, PCI, GDPR, ISO 27001, GDPR and others.

These regulations require organisations to conduct penetration testing and security audits on a regular basis. One such regulatory standards, PCI DSS (Payment Card Industry Data Security), directs organisations that deal with loaded transactions to perform annual as well as regular penetration testing after every significant system change. …

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Pen Testing doesn’t stop at simply discovering ways in which a criminal might gain unauthorised access to sensitive data or even take-over your systems for malicious purposes. It also simulates a real-world attack to determine how any defences will fare and the possible magnitude of a breach.

This is like a bank hiring someone to dress as a burglar and try to break into their building and gain access to the vault. If the ‘burglar’ succeeds and gets into the bank or the vault, the bank will gain valuable information on how they need to tighten their security measures.

What are the different types of pen tests?

White box Penetration Testing

In a white box test, the tester will be provided with some information ahead of time regarding your company’s security info. …


Lucid Dev

Co-Founder of Lucid Development Agency.

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