Are Your Web Applications Secure?

Most businesses focused the last two years on keeping their company cyber-safe in their cloud-based systems while switching to remote work. However, not much consideration has been given to web application security. The cyberwar in Ukraine has given attention to what we all know instinctively – cybercriminals are getting more innovative, more organized, and more resourceful. Web application attacks, from API-based threats to distributed denial of service (DDoS), are growing fast, and their tactics are getting more sophistication.

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At FocustApps, we have discovered that the lack of attention to security is more common than most businesses perceive. In 2019, web application exposures caused 43% of data breaches, while 79% of organizations pushed vulnerable code to production without considering security. We have found security issues ourselves with web applications previously built by other software developers and presented our findings to the client with a list of recommendations for an initial phase that recommended security optimizations and updates.

Being aware of these head-on attacks needs to be a priority for organizations serious about keeping their data safe. As cyberwarfare intensifies in Ukraine, all organizations must work even harder to find the weakest links in their security chain before attackers strike. Web applications are a huge target for cybercriminals because they provide a direct route to lucrative customer and internal data. Here are the most commonly known critical security risks to web apps. 

SQL Injection is when attackers use malicious SQL code to manipulate backend databases—this hostile takeover results in unauthorized data listings, deletion of tables, and unauthorized administrative access.

Cross-Site Scripting (XSS) attacks users of an application to access user accounts, inject Trojans, change page content to deceive users, or deface a website. 

Remote File Inclusion (RFI) is when a remote injection of files occurs into a web application server. This attack leads to malicious script and code execution in applications, compromising the webserver and promoting data theft.

Cross-Site Request Forgery (CSRF) is an attack that leads to unwanted transfers of funds, password changes, or data theft. The criminal leverages the user’s open session and causes the user’s browser to unknowingly perform actions on a site when the user is currently logged in.

Being proactive about your security matters because a severe incident could prohibit the rollout of new applications and affect a companies’ ability to respond quickly to market demands. This security is no longer just a nice-to-have, and it must be built into every project as an essential prerequisite to success. Contact us today at 502-907.6593 to learn more about how we can help keep your business’ web applications safer.

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