Having a professional looking business website, the right SEO procedures and an effective marketing strategy is only half the battle for any online business. If the website isn’t protected from viruses and hacks, the business is at a risk of sinking to the ground within days.
Even with proper safety measures, such as firewalls and SSL certifications, there could be a breach, as threats evolve every day. A system that regularly scans and detects all the vulnerabilities in the system is something that all business websites need.
Common vulnerabilities found in Website Security Scans
Here are several vulnerabilities that are found in a website security scan:
SQL, OS, LDAP and NoSQL injections are a hacking techniques that put malicious codes into the system and gives the hackers access to the all the data, as well as tricking the user into performing unintended commands.
Any vulnerability in applications related to authentication allows hackers to steal personal information and eventually leads to identity theft of the customers.
Cross-site scripting (XSS)
This hack affects the output of the website and may lead to users being directed to other risky sites when they perform certain action.
This hack is directed to several components of the website, such as platform, framework, sever and database. Hackers can steal and even change information on the website.
Exposure of sensitive data
All websites should have extra protection for sensitive data, such as credit card number, social security numbers and passwords. Any website that exchanges personal data with its customers should have encryption when processing or transferring data. Any vulnerability can lead to identity theft or credit card fraud.
Cross-site forgery (CSRF)
A CSRF attack involves hackers sending users requests from malicious websites and tricks users into authorizing access to sites which have their private information. Since a particular user’s ID is validated in the site, it enables hackers to attack that site.
How to Perform a Website Security Scan
Website scans shouldn’t be done once a year. Businesses should have software and tools in place that regularly scan their website and detect vulnerabilities in the system.
Lean Security offers complete solutions to companies looking to scan their website. We provide managed external vulnerability scanning as well as internal vulnerability scanning to ensure that companies aren’t just secured from external attacks, but attacks from employees as well.