Security for Your Website

Web Servers, Web Applications, Networks

Can protect against the increasing sophistication of hacker threats

Updated: March 14, 2019
By: RSH Web Editorial Staff
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Websites are a Security Risk

Also are the networks to which web servers are connected. If you have assets of any value or if anything about your website puts you in the public spotlight. Then your website security WILL be tested

Web Server Security

Any Server system with multiple open ports, multiple services and multiple scripting languages is vulnerable. Because it has so many points of entry. It is also known that poorly written software creates security issues. And the number of exploits that could create web security issues is directly proportional to the size and complexity of your web applications and web server. If your system has been correctly configured and your IT staff has been very punctual about applying security patches and updates your risks are low. Then there is the matter of the applications you are running. These too require frequent updates

Website Code and Security

You website provides some means of communication with its visitors. In every place that interaction is possible you have a potential web security vulnerability. Websites often invite visitors to:
>> Load a new page containing dynamic content
>> Search for a product or location
>> Fill out a contact form
>> Search the site content
>> Use a shopping cart
>> Create an account
>> Logon to an account

In each case your website visitor is effectively sending a command to or through your Web Server. In each opportunity to communicate, such as a form field, search field or blog comments section, correctly written code will allow only a very narrow range of information to pass - in or out. This is ideal for website security. However, these limits are not automatic. It takes well trained programmers a good deal of time to write code that allows all expected data to pass and stop all unwanted or potentially harmful data

And Here Lies the Problem

Code on your website has come from a variety of programmers, some work for third party vendors. Some code is old. Some code is just written poorly. Your website may be running software from many different sources. Then your own website Designer and Webmaster has each produced even more code of their own. And or made revisions to code that may have altered or eliminated previously established web security protocols

Old Software

The software that may have been purchased years ago and which is no longer in use. Accumulated over many years and applications that are no longer in use and with which nobody on your current staff is familiar. This code may not be easy to find, has not been used, patched or updated for years. It is exactly what a hacker are looking for

Website Security Defense Strategy

There are two options to accomplish good website security

One

Assign all of the resources needed to maintain constant alert to a security team. They would ensure that all patches and updates are done at once, have all of your existing apps and programs reviewed for the correct security measures, ensure that only security knowledgeable programmers work on your website and have their work checked carefully. Maintain a tight firewall, antivirus protection and run IPS/IDS

Two

Use a website scanning solution to test your existing equipment, applications and website code to see if a KNOWN vulnerability actually exists. While firewalls, antivirus and IPS/IDS are all good, It is also good to lock the front door. It is far more effective to repair a half dozen actual risks than it is to leave them in place and try to build higher and higher walls around everything

Website and Network vulnerability scanning can be the most efficient security investment of all. Most all of the time Website scanning will actually produce a higher level of web security for your money. This is proven by the number of well defended web sites which get attacked every month. Your best defense against a attack on your website is to scan

Web Site Testing

Also known as web scanning or auditing
Listing some of the more popular companies for scanning

Beyond Security - WSSA

Requires no installation of software or hardware and is done without any interruption of web services. WSSA can run through its entire database of over ten thousand vulnerabilities

SEMrush

Get lightning fast results on your website's health in a matter of one click. Get a clear picture of technical issues and keep track of all changes with detailed PDF and CSV reports

Pentest Tools

Discover common web application vulnerabilities and server configuration issues

Security Audit

Provide penetration testing services using the latest 'real world' attack techniques, giving our clients the most in-depth and accurate information to help mitigate potential threats to their online assets

Free Web site testing

ScanMyServer

Provides one of the most comprehensive reports of varieties of security test like SQL Injection, Cross Site Scripting, PHP Code Injection, Source Disclosure, HTTP Header Injection, Blind SQL Injection and much more

SUCURI

Maybe the most popular free website malware and security scanner. You can do a quick test for Malware, Website blacklisting, Injected SPAM and Defacements

Qualys SSL Labs

One of most used tools to scan SSL web server. It provides in-depth analysis of your https URL including expiry day, overall rating, Cipher, SSL/TLS version, Handshake simulation, Protocol details, BEAST and much more

FreeScan

Test website for OWASP Top Risks and malware, against SCP security benchmark and much more

Quttera

It scans your website for malicious files, suspicious files, potentially suspicious files, phishTank, Safe Browsing (Google, Yandex) and Malware domain list

Detectify

SaaS-based website security scanner. This got 100+ automated security tests including OWASP Top 10, malware and much more

SiteGuarding

Helps you to scan your domain for malware, website blacklisting, injected spam, defacement and much more, The scanner is compatible with WordPress, Joomla, Drupal, Magento, osCommerce, Bulletin and another platform

Web Inspector

Scans your site and provides thread report including Blacklist, Phishing, Malware, Worms, Backdoors, Trojans, Suspicious frames, Suspicious connections

Acunetix

Analyzes complete website for more than 500 vulnerabilities including DNS and network infrastructure from Acunetix servers

Tinfoil Security

First audits your website against top 10 OWASP vulnerabilities and then other known security holes. You get an actionable report and an option to re-scan once you are done with necessary fixes


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