Despite advances in web application security, websites and web applications remain highly vulnerable. The reason for the plethora of website vulnerabilities is largely due to web developers not going through the proper security configuration process when websites are created. This is because websites are normally created with speed in mind – not security – which results in common misconfigurations such as running outdated plug-ins or software.
In many cases, validation and vulnerability scanning don't occur during web development. Without proper vulnerability testing it becomes altogether too easy to miss common vulnerabilities such as SQL injection flaws or cross-site scripting, which can be identified and prevented with the right configurations and implementation.
Rather than sacrificing security for development deadlines or convenience, enterprises need to have their web-dev team committed to testing for vulnerabilities and going through the proper validation steps to identify any issues. From there, development teams must make a concerted effort to continue to check sites for possible vulnerabilities while regularly installing patches for servers or software as soon as they're issued.
There are still many companies and web developers that produce websites that are far less vulnerable than the norm. These are businesses that are committed to making security a top priority in their website development process while taking the time to ensure sites are properly maintained and configured.
A business’ ability to produce more secure websites depends on the company's resources and its processes for developing and maintaining websites, but there are a few best practices that companies should adopt for secure development. If you rely on third party developers to create your sites, you should ensure proper budget is allocated to a full testing and validation process. It’s also important to ensure that your IT team continually installs security updates as they're issued. If possible, invest in automated vulnerability scanners which can secure and maintain sites on an on-going basis.
Related ArticlesHaving The Talk About Security With Your Family
It’s the most painful time of the year, when millions of us go home for the holidays and get accosted by relatives desperate for tech support. Our civilian brethren are going to be looking for advice about security and privacy, and, this year, perhaps more than any other in recent memory, it’s vital that we get the right information to them.Phishing Attack Prevention: How to Identify & Avoid Phishing Scams in 2019
A panel of infosec experts discuss the most common phishing attacks and how to prevent them.Dan Geer on Trade-Offs in Cyber Security
A speech by cyber security expert Dan Geer