5 Website Security Threats and How to Prevent Them

Given that data breaches cost an average of $4.24 million, website security threats cannot be taken lightly. Apart from the obvious financial losses due to customer attrition, downtime and work interruptions, website security attacks result in loss of trust among customers, blocking of search engines, image negative that the organization is lax on security, etc. The number, volume, size, sophistication and impact of website security threats are increasing rapidly, making their prevention imperative.

This article takes a look at 5 of the most common threats today and how to prevent them.

1. Ransomware

The ransomware attack is among the top security threats to websites and web applications. Ransomware is malicious software that leverages encryption to take control of systems/applications/devices and hold victim’s information/files/data for ransom. The attacker demands a ransom to decrypt files and allow access to systems/applications/devices.

Ransomware is spread in several ways: phishing techniques, domain spoofing, malicious websites, email attachments, malicious advertisements, etc. Ransomware can also be dropped onto vulnerable systems using exploit kits.

There have been major incidents of ransomware since the pandemic, with cybercriminals targeting financial institutions, healthcare organizations, educational institutions, government agencies, and more. This threat to website security increased by 92.7% in 2021 compared to 2020 figures. North America (53%) and Europe (30%) were the most targeted regions in 2021.

2. Supply chain attacks

In recent years, another common web application security threat is supply chain attacks that occur when an attacker infiltrates your application through an external partner such as a SaaS company, vendor, etc. These attacks target the weakest links in the organization’s chain of trust. By breaching the organization’s application/system, the attacker can compromise thousands of their customers.

One of the main reasons for the surge in these website security attacks is the disruptions due to the Covid-19 pandemic. With the need to go remote, embrace cloud computing, and rapidly transform their technology stack, organizations have turned to third-party service providers for solutions that have not been sufficiently researched and tested.

3. Cloud-Based Attacks

Over the past two years, organizations have moved much of their infrastructure to the cloud to ensure business continuity amid the pandemic and accommodate hybrid work models. And these cloud models are evolving at an accelerating rate, creating security holes and vulnerabilities that attackers can easily exploit.

Some of the common cloud-based web security attacks are:

  • SQL Injections
  • XSS attacks
  • DDoS
  • CSRF
  • trojans
  • Spyware, etc.

4. API Threats

With the explosion of single-page JAMstack applications and modular application architecture in the age of composable commerce, APIs have become essential parts of applications. Since APIs have a higher degree of access to data and resources, there is an increasing number of API Threats and security risks today. From poor coding to insecure APIs, attackers have multiple vulnerabilities to exploit to gain access to the treasure trove of data.

5. Phishing attacks

In a phishing attack, attackers trick unsuspecting victims into visiting malicious websites/clicking on links/downloading attachments/and sharing login credentials. Once the user does the attacker’s bidding, the attacker accesses the website’s data and creates backdoors to do whatever they want undetected.

How to prevent security threats on the website?

The best way to stop existing and emerging security threats on websites is to leverage a comprehensive, managed, intelligent, next-gen security solution such as Indusface AppTrana. The solution must include

  • A next-generation WAF capable of monitoring incoming traffic, blocking bad requests, applying instant virtual patches to vulnerabilities to prevent their exploitation, offering real-time alerts to stop threats, and more.
  • The WAF should be equipped with global threat intelligence, security analytics, advanced technologies (AI, ML, automation, analytics, etc.) and complete visibility into the security posture.
  • Continuously update asset inventory and find new areas to explore.
  • Regular, intelligent scanning and penetration testing to identify vulnerabilities before attackers do
  • CDN services to prevent DDoS attacks, downtime, etc. traffic spikes

Solution rules and policies must be tailored to meet the needs, specifications, and context of the organization to provide effective protection. This is important because no two organizations are the same – they have challenges, security risks, systems, business logic, vulnerabilities, etc. unique. Thus, website security threats do not affect them equally.

While adopting the best technology on the market, the solution must be managed by certified security experts. These experts help craft policies with surgical precision, perform penetration testing to uncover unknown vulnerabilities, analyze and make sense of security data, provide recommendations for improving security, and more.

Other Measures to Prevent Website Security Threats

  • Secure development practices and testing
  • Appropriate vendor management systems
  • Validation of entries
  • Strong authentication and access controls
  • Continuous training of all stakeholders
  • Update all
  • Data backup

Conclusion

As the threat landscape changes rapidly, preventing website security threats requires a multi-pronged approach that effectively combines human expertise, technology, and best practices.

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