4 web security challenges you need to address

4 web security challenges you need to address

Is your company prepared to defend against the most common web security threats? Cyberattacks are the fastest-growing global crime and there is a 32 percent chance your company will experience a material data breach in the next 24 months.

Loss of consumer trust, credit monitoring, and legal costs are just a few of the expenses associated with inadequate web security. The average cost of a security breach is $3.86 million, in part because it takes 197 days on average for a company to detect a breach.

Instart’s Managed Security Services team analyzes massive amounts of attack data every day. Based on our most recent research results, here are the top four cyberattacks every company should be prepared to defend against.

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1. Large-scale automated attacks 

Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks aren’t a new threat, but they’re bigger and worse than ever. In the old days, DDoS attacks came from a single IP address. Today, hackers deploy networks made of thousands of devices from many locations, making the attacks harder to stop with traditional methods alone, such as a web application firewall or IP blocking.

2. Bad bots and fraud

Thirty-nine percent of bad bots can fool traditional security tools by mimicking human behaviors, such as mouse movement and website navigation. These sophisticated bad bots infiltrate websites to steal passwords, hold inventory, make fraudulent purchases, and carry out other forms of damage. That said, only about 20 percent of bots are "bad". Bots generate about 50 percent of internet traffic, so it’s important to choose a bot management solution that can identify good bots from bad.

3. Third-party JavaScript vulnerabilities

Modern websites and apps use third-party scripts to power advanced capabilities, such as dynamic content, live chat, analytics, and retargeting display ads. It’s not uncommon for an eCommerce site to load 50 different scripts — each one has the potential to be a door for attackers to walk through.

Third-party JavaScript is an attractive target for cybercriminals, such as Magecart, because these scripts sidestep your internal security protocols and infrastructure while allowing access to the same data as first-party code. In other words, a compromised third-party script can access the same data as your own code — including credit card details and personally identifiable information (PII). British Airways, NewEgg, and Ticketmaster are just a few of the thousands of businesses compromised using this attack vector during the past 12 months.

4. Web application attacks

Web application attacks like SQL injection, Cross-Site Scripting (XSS), and Cross-Site Request Forgery (CSRF) can also exfiltrate sensitive consumer information. There are attack-specific solutions, including:

  • Employing bot detection and mitigation capabilities to prevent bad bots from accessing your application data. 
  • Use a Web Application Firewall (WAF) to monitor your network and block potential attacks
  • Using prepared statements with parameterized queries to ensure the SQL code is defined before queries are passed. This allows the database to differentiate between SQL code and SQL data and prevents injection attempts

Unfortunately, none of these defense methods can fully protect your data against other forms of cyberattacks, such as web skimming attacks. Their prescriptive nature makes them effective, but inadequate.

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Secure your data with end-to-end web security

Modern web security requires a layered approach from the server to the client. Focused security solutions, such as a WAF or intrusion detection solutions, offer little to no protection client-side in the browser. Instart's web application and API protection (WAAP) platform uses overlapping layers of security with deep client-side capabilities to shield your data and your company’s reputationagainst common cyberattacks as well as new and emerging threats.

Deflect large-scale automated attacks

Instart provides industry-leading protection against even the largest DDoS attacks. Instart DDoS Mitigation is cloud-based, scalable, and globally-distributed, and utilizes traffic layer protection, traffic blocking, rate limiting, and origin shield features.

Block bad bots and prevent fraud

Instart Bot Management can detect even the most sophisticated automated activity. Using a combination of sensors and signals, Instart Bot Management intelligently filters traffic at the web server level and client-side in to block bad bots while allowing legitimate requests through.

Take back control of third-party scripts

Instart gives you complete control of client-side JavaScript, an industry-first. Instart Web Skimming Protection allows you to:

  • Block access to sensitive data in HTML form fields and cookies. 
  • Automatically disable suspicious scripts.
  • Suspend or block scripts that interfere with performance.

Prevent web application attacks

Instart’s cloud-based, performance-focused Web Application Firewall delivers powerful capabilities above and beyond those available from other solutions. In addition to protecting your web app and data from the OWASP Top 10, Instart also:

  • Intelligently combines rules to reduce false-positive blocking.
  • Leverages the cloud to provide flexibility and superior performance.
  • Allows you to configure or extend rules based on the application or data being protected.

Establish a secure perimeter against future threats

As the internet continues to evolve, so do the threats associated with having an online presence. Yesterday’s Heartbleed is today’s JavaScript data exfiltration, and as companies fight back, cybercriminals will always be on the lookout for new inroads.

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