Chapter 9. Security

In today’s world, sensitive data used by ecommerce is strewn across dozens of systems, many of which are controlled by third parties. For example, the most sensitive of ecommerce data, including credit cards and other personally identifiable information (often abbreviated PII) routinely passes through content delivery networks before being sent to third-party fraud-detection systems and then ultimately to third-party payment gateways. That data travels securely across thousands of miles over multiple networks to data centers owned and managed by third parties.

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What cloud lacks in direct physical ownership of assets, it offers in more control—which is more important.

Only in the early days of the Internet was it theoretically possible to keep physical ownership of all ecommerce-related data (see Figure 9-1).

Use of SaaS within ecommerce platforms
Figure 9-1. Use of SaaS within ecommerce platforms

It’s highly unlikely that you even own the data center or the hardware you serve your platform from, as most use a managed hosting service or a colo. Your data is already out of your control. The adoption of Infrastructure-as-a-Service or Platform-as-a-Service for the core ecommerce platform is an incremental evolution over the current approach. Next to legacy backend systems, your ecommerce platform is the last to be deployed out in a cloud. Eventually those legacy systems will be replaced with cloud-based solutions. ...

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