Business Computing World August 2012 by Dominic Monkhouse In the busy 21st
century, a large proportion of people no longer have the time or the
inclination to physically go to the shops to buy goods. Luckily, many can now
do this instead via their phone, laptop or tablet. Made ever easier via
applications for portable devices, [...]
While bank loans, property leasing and constant monitoring meant that it took
an incredible amount of effort to set up a business 15 years ago, the
internet has provided entrepreneurial opportunities that nearly everyone can
take advantage of. Provided they know the basics, of course.
So, where should businesses begin when creating an e-commerce site?
All websites need to 'exist' somewhere and this is where web hosting comes
in. Typically offered by third party companies, web hosting involves the
placing of a company website on an outsourced server. With many companies
Magento has made its name in the world of e-commerce for these reasons. It is
supported by some of the biggest names in online retailing, from Paul Smith
to Olympus and Nestle.
The Linux (PHP)-based platform has become the e-commerce solution for
choice companies of all sizes. While its free and Magento Go versions are
preferred by small businesses for their low cost and powerful out-of-the-box
features, large retailers tend to prefer Magento's enterprise version
because of its customisable look and functionality - as well as its
impressive reporting and analytical tools.
Companies that are undergoing PCI compliance checks will have to ensure they
educate all staff working with sensitive materials so that data is kept
secure, it has been stated.
Research director at Gartner Australia Rob McMillan explained in an interview
with Computer World that one of the biggest security threats of next year is
likely to come from deceptive tactics that convince people to hand over
information such as access credentials.
He stated that this social engineering is becoming increasingly popular among
cybercriminals looking to take advantage of non-IT personnel who... (more)
First, PCI DSS stands for Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard. It
started out as a series of five separate programs, namely: American Express
Data Security Operating Policy, Discover Information and Compliance, JCB Data
Security Program, MasterCard Site Data Protection and Visa Card Information
While each program was unique and came from different (in some cases,
competing) brands, the overall aim was the same throughout: to ensure
merchants meet minimum levels of security in storing, processing and
transmitting cardholder data in order to better prote... (more)