Cybercrimes are on the rise. One then, needs to be wise in making judicious decisions regarding the web. With the numbers rising over the years, the cost of cybercrime damages has been estimated up to $6 trillion annually by 2021. The most vulnerable out of the many is the ecommerce domain which faces the maximum brunt of cyber-attacks in this day and age.
With ecommerce platforms becoming the go-to place for shoppers, it becomes all the more imperative to ensure that these platforms provide a safe and secure environment for the users. A user essentially puts all his/her confidential financial information at stake while purchasing something online. This should be reason enough for organizations to conduct an end-to-end security testing. Testing for OWASP Top 10 or compliance to security mandates, especially for PCI DSS, are the just the initial steps that ecommerce platforms need to take. Conformance to these, along with a rigorous penetration testing effort would cover the whole testing environment and make a platform impervious to malicious attacks. During peak times, the condition is far worse, since the platforms become susceptible as millions of users log in. A thorough pen testing effort ensures that all the vulnerabilities that are mapped, are effectively exploited but doing so since the early stages of the SDLC proves to be much more beneficial. This is where DevSecOps comes in and helps to expediently map and exploit vulnerabilities from the get go.
Easy manipulation by attackers cause users to get lulled into their ways and give in the information asked for, easily. That is where we, users, need to be extremely vigilant of such methods used for unethical purposes. A cohesive framework of pen testing and ethical hacking becomes a way to step into the shoes of crackers itself. Espousing their mindset and purpose helps testers to simulate their ways of getting unauthorized access into applications and devise plans accordingly to reduce errs regarding a platform’s security. Thus, conducting security testing becomes as important as any other core functional area. This needs to become the Holy Grail of any organization which handles a vast amount of confidential information of its users, since providing a false sense of security would just dwindle the number of users.