Your website may be fortified against hackers and other security threats, but even the strongest walls have vulnerabilities that can be exploited by those with the knowledge and motivation to break into them. That’s why it’s crucial for businesses to understand the threats that exist for web applications and some of the most vital techniques and tips for fighting them. This is especially critical for smaller businesses, which may not have the time to think about protecting their web applications from attacks. Because a cyberattack can be devastating for any business, web application security should be at the top of every company’s priority list.
There are numerous ways hackers and other types of cybercriminals can exploit weaknesses in web applications. These cyberattacks can include denial of service, which puts a web application out of commission; exfiltration, which involves the loss of customers’ sensitive information; or code injection, which can lead to a hacker gaining complete control over an application. In every situation, these types of cyberattacks can lead to serious consequences for a small business, including but not limited to lost business and lost trust from customers. Small businesses that want to avoid these catastrophic situations must understand the threats and how to combat them.
For example, an insecure direct object reference attack involves an authorized user changing a parameter value to access a resource he or she should not have been able to access. Malicious users can exploit this type of attack to steal or abuse data and functionality that they should not have been permitted to use. Protecting your small business from these types of attacks can involve using drop-down menus to limit users to a list of authorized resources. Because, it eliminates the possibility of users changing parameter values. This can be highly effective in preventing this particular type of attack.
The following guide contains information about many of the most common types of web application attacks and how small businesses can guard themselves against them. Follow this advice, and you can better ensure that the walls around your website will be as strong as possible.
Author bio: Boris Chen is Vice President of Engineering and co-founder of tCell. He has more than 20 years of industry experience building high-performance web infrastructure and data technology. Before co-founding tCell, Chen spent five years at Splunk as VP of Engineering, from startup through IPO, where he helped drive Splunk’s petabyte-scale deployments and integration with Hadoop. Prior to joining Splunk, Chen was Director of Engineering at LucidEra, an early “Business Intelligence as a Service” innovator. At BEA Systems, where he was part of the original WebLogic acquisition, he led engineering teams working on the JRockit Java Virtual Machine, EAI and message bus products. Chen holds a B.S. in EECS from the University of California, Berkeley.
(from Sam) P.S: This is a guest post, courtesy of tCell. “Guest” is not “Sponsored” and while the content is theirs, I selected and approved it as it covers a topic offering added value to businesses. As such, I want to thank them for giving me the opportunity to feature this guest post here.