The Internet is a vast place, full of intrigue and wonder – but also chock full of risk. More than 70 percent of all websites have vulnerabilities that could put your business at risk. More than 20 percent of those vulnerabilities are classified as critical, which has the potential to bring business operations to a screeching halt.
The Five Most Common and Significant Web Security Pitfalls, according to the Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP):
Injection – Injection flaws, such as SQL, OS, and LDAP injection occur when untrusted data is sent to an interpreter as part of a command or query. The attacker’s hostile data can trick the interpreter into executing unintended commands or accessing data without proper authorization.
Broken Authentication and Session Management – Application functions related to authentication and session management are often not implemented correctly, allowing attackers to compromise passwords, keys, or session tokens, or to exploit other implementation flaws to assume other users’ identities.
Cross-Site Scripting (XSS) – XSS flaws occur whenever an application takes untrusted data and sends it to a web browser without proper validation or escaping. XSS allows attackers to execute scripts in the victim’s browser, which can hijack user sessions, deface web sites, or redirect the user to malicious sites.
Insecure Direct Object References – A direct object reference occurs when a developer exposes a reference to an internal implementation object, such as a file, directory, or database key. Without an access control check or other protection, attackers can manipulate these references to access unauthorized data.
Security Misconfiguration – Good security requires having a secure configuration defined and deployed for the application, frameworks, application server, web server, database server, and platform. Secure settings should be defined, implemented, and maintained, as defaults are often insecure. Additionally, software should be kept up to date.
With the threat landscape continually evolving, it’s important to take steps to prevent would-be attacks and protect sensitive data.
Web Vulnerability Scanning is a method that uses tools to automatically scan web applications for known security vulnerabilities and deliver a report on the findings. The scans can be scheduled to run when it’s convenient and reports are broken down in a way that is easy to understand, thus enabling you to protect your business more effectively.