Web Security and Web Penetration Testing service
Web Security is the buzzword in the present I.T. world market. Web security refers to ensuring of appropriate levels of the elements like confidentiality, availability, integrity, auditability and non- repudiability with regard to data or information stored in the computers. Websites nowadays are subject to constant attacks which may be initiated from anywhere in the world either intentionally or unintentionally. All in all web security means defending from inside out and also from outside in.
There have been numerous incidences of a website being compromised for years without even the knowledge of its owners and creators. Whatever may be the purpose of your website, it is always recommended to make arrangements for its proper security and rather be safe than sorry especially in the present context of the cyber world scenario where websites are being hacked rather disdainfully and with relative amount of ease by hackers. Lest you would have to always stay apprehensive with regard to its safety & fate to go with what impact it might have in your life and/or to your company.
A branch of Information Security that deals particularly with security of websites, web applications and web services is what is known as web security. At present, not only information (cyber) security but web applications too are becoming matters of grave concern relating to target for data breaches & intrusions into networks. Naturally, the business website of a company depending upon web applications is also under threat which indeed is an area of much discomfort for the company.
Our experts, entrusted with the job of maintaining web security make sure that your web applications are in perfect order and harmony. They put into test all the possible areas of your web application including that of servers as well as firewalls. Thus, through their detailed analysis & penetration testing they look after your web security giving no respite to even the slightest of vulnerabilities that might be exploited. The most important aspect that we practice in keeping your web secure is that we don’t believe in catch up.
Our experts at Indian Cyber Security Solutions are always well ahead of the threats & attacks that may come your way as we have mastered the art of prevention rather than cure as we prioritize risks in the most efficient manner & act accordingly. It is a fact that more than 1 million websites are breached worldwide at any given time. But we always back ourselves to combat any security related risks with the kind of knowledge, self-belief, experience and confidence that we possess up our sleeves so that your data and computer are always out of danger.
Some of the areas covered by our experts via pen test comprises of the following:
(B) Application logic attacks
(C) Input validation-cross-site scripting, cross-site request forgery, buffer overflow
(D) Authentication bypass
(E) Security misconfigurations
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90% of the websites which got compromised in recent past are due to coding fault. Service which we provide in WAPT (Web Application Penetration Testing) is to report you the over all vulnerable points in the organization website and there remedial measures but that might not be enough in some cases. Source Code review is an add on service which we provide where we completely check the website coding and find out the flaws.
Maintaining a secure online presence is the best reason to undergo Web Application Security Testing, but there are other great reasons, too.
(A) Conducting regular Web Application Security Testing helps you reduce risk, limit vulnerabilities and maintain secure web applications, and meet requirements like 6.6 of the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS); and
(B) Frequent Web Application Assessments also help you address HIPAA and HITECH requirements to ensure that your web applications are secure and your protected health information (PHI) is less susceptible to compromise.
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How to secure website (best practices)
A large number of security aspects need to be kept in mind while developing a need-based and more importantly secure website. Well acquaintance with the security features of Windows, ASP.Net, .Net framework, etc. and mastery in understanding security vulnerabilities is essential for creating and managing websites securely. And finally, it is imperative to have the knowledge of proper and timely application of these security features to ensure a secure and smooth running of the website.
The nature of the menace needs to be identified and addressed first with over 90% of websites prone to security hazard. The main objective at this stage should not be restricted only in identifying vulnerabilities that make a website susceptible but making constant endeavour to eliminate them because the kind of vulnerabilities are really growing at the rate of knots. Equal care must be given at the same time to make the process of eradicating potential vulnerabilities from websites and web applications easier and quicker.
There is no surprise that the hackers target the Achilles’ hill which is web applications. And application security is not a one-time check box. It is a continuous phenomenon. Almost every application possesses hundreds of vulnerabilities. So prioritizing of vulnerabilities with accordance to the nature and need of your company is critical as the task becomes much more feasible. Having a well devised plan regarding everything can take your company a long way and make your work a lot more convenient in your attempt of making your website a secured one. Myths that SSL, network firewall or IDS don’t contribute in providing extra shield & security from any angle must be dismissed as soon as possible. Building cognizance is very crucial from within, at least up to a certain decent level. It has been found that many companies don’t even know how many web applications they have & what are they which is by far the most important thing to have a solid grip on since when a concrete inventory of those applications are taken the company itself would get astonished by the fact that how many rogue applications are out there.
Vulnerabilities caused by web applications constitute more than 50% (half) of data breaches that occur in a single year. So it is evident from this that huge precaution, strategy and proper implementation is required to withstand against this storm of cyber attacks that can be launched from anywhere in the world and at any point of time. Thus application security testing of websites has to be rated as one of the, if not the most important practice to secure website. Alongside mention has to be made of source code review which is finding out the flaws (errors) in code which otherwise may so often lead to severe detrimental outcomes. Next is the all important web penetration testing and the network penetration testing in which a real-world attack is simulated against your network infrastructure and information systems to gain hands-on feeling and experience about the actual condition of the vulnerabilities and the risks which can impact the integrity, confidentiality and the availability of your data. Web application firewall is the other line of defence against these cyber attacks which too is very useful indeed especially under some particular circumstances where traditional (normal) firewall cannot function. I.T. security audit is another important practice in this respect as well from the perspective of maintaining security of the entire information system as a whole. These tests further need to be conducted at frequent interval to get optimum results and continuing security protection.
Following the best practices to secure website provides an online-based company with the much needed boost to carry out its business with confidence and in a swift manner.
At Indian Cyber Security Solutions we always resort to the best practices to secure website by imbibing together the essential elements and the latest security technology so that your data is protected and you never find yourself out of your comfort zone. Our unique & creative white-hat experts try and give their best shot every time they are endowed with the task of preparing the most favorable conditions for a secure website treating the work as of their own so that you never suffer.
Web Application Security Testing
Applications have indeed become the path of least resistance for cyber-attackers around the globe. Web security is a branch of information security that particularly deals with web pages, web applications and web services and primarily with internet and web system at the higher level.
The advent of Web 2.0 technologies that incorporated complex client-side logic such as JAVA Script and Adobe Flash led to the modern trend of massive digital marketing along with high percentage of information sharing via social media. It resulted in the requirement for a solid base of defence mechanism besides the conventional ones. Since the ever-growing-intelligent and smart hackers either attempt to compromise the corporate network or the end-users accessing the website by subjecting them to drive-by downloading one just cannot afford to be off guard against them even for a while. Thus web application security testing has got to play such a paramount role in maintaining web security.
Cross-site scripting and SQL (XSS) injection attacks are the most common & typical errors that is caused due to defect in codes and failure to sanitize input to and output from the web application. Another very common threat to web applications is phishing which incurred a loss of $1.5 billion globally in 2012.
In order to prevent web attacks and minimise threats, security checkpoints and essential techniques must be employed at early stages and right through the software development lifecycle. The coding part should be done with greater care and emphasis.
Security mechanisms mostly in operation as preventive measures are:
(A) Threat modeling
(B) Risk analysis
(C) Static analysis
(D) Digital signature
The emerging standard body for web application security OWASP (Open Web Application Security Testing) has specifically figured out 10 (ten) detailed major threats against web applications. These are:
Unvalidated Input b) Broken access control c) Broken authentication and session management d) Cross-site scripting (XSS) e) Buffer Overflow f) Injection flaws g) Improper error handling h) Insecure Storage i)Denial of Service (DoS) j) Insecure configuration management
The Web Application Security Consortium (WASC) has created the Web Hacking Incident Database producing open source best practice documents on web application security.
We have made it our motto to look after your web security with your full potent & commitment. Our work at Indian Cyber Security Solutions is to find and fix all vulnerabilities before hackers &/or intruders can begin their malicious work to damage your company financially, affect its reputation badly and potentially take away your customer’s trust which perhaps have taken you years to build and strengthen. Web security being a significant component of application security happens to be the mainspring of any software security catastrophe. Our experts put themselves in the position of an attacker and perform the testing from the perspective of an attacker. This gives them the most comprehensive and transparent outlook to carry out their job in the most efficient of manner. Another salient feature of our experts at Indian Cyber Security Solutions is that they conduct both automatic and manual web application security testing. By that, they make sure that all the areas of web security are covered. Our expert security team conducts an in-depth vulnerability analysis of the target application. The vulnerabilities we find through web application security testing are exploited with your full permission and without any risks associated with it whatsoever. The entire process is carried out in such a controlled and well-organized fashion that it provides you with the easiest way to set straight your weak links & ultimately rectifying them. Thus through our experts’ expertise the very gateway of your online business is secured. After the completion of the test a meticulous and comprehensive official report is delivered by our team of experts who would take you with the pros & cons of the test making sure that you get a good grasp of the vulnerable points and can take necessary steps to do away with the same. With the performing of web application security testing at frequent intervals and from time to time not only the applications stay protected but the web security too is fortified.
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