How secure is your website’s data?E-commerce
Puck, 28 September 2022
Within previous blog series on Data Localisation, we have already talked about it: data security. But what does security for a website specifically mean? And perhaps a better question for website owners: How do I minimize my worries about it?
In this blog, we explain where website security begins and how hosting companies can ensure that your site’s data is optimally secured.
Safety on four levels
Security for a website starts with hosting. When it comes to security with a hosting company, the most important question is “what are the risks?” And therein are the most significant risks:
- Someone has or gains access to something that they are not supposed to have access to. Think, for – example, of hackers or burglars.
- The risk of accidents that can occur both physically and digitally. Think of a fire in a data center or a virus in the system.
These are all risks where security requirements are of great importance. These hazards can be divided into different scales. For hosting a website, the security requirements can be divided into four levels.
Physical datacenter security
The security of a website starts with its hosting. And specifically with the physical location of its hosting. The data centers – where the data is stored and processed – are therefore very important to keep safe. There are global and European security standards that a company must meet to secure a data center. So too is physical security. In addition to these standards, a company can choose to take additional measures to tighten security. When it comes to physical security, you can think of fencing around a building, camera surveillance or an identity check upon entering the data center.
Physical server security
The physical security of servers is also important. This physical security for servers can be ensured by, for example, placing locks on servers so that only designated people can access the server. Servers must also be protected from accidents. One example is a ventilation system that ensures that servers do not overheat. Also, the housing around the servers can be made solid enough to prevent accidents. This is another area where global and European safety standards have been established.
Operating systems security
At the operating level, the main focus is on keeping all systems up-to-date and using the most modern techniques. By doing this it becomes more difficult for malicious people to abuse possible programming errors.
When we talk about application security, we are mainly talking about the website itself. The responsibility of making the website secure is up to the website owner. For example, in a previous blog we discussed the importance of keeping a website up-to-date.
Want to know how we deal with security? Check out our infrastructure page.