Protecting a website
As a website owner to promote and conduct transactions for your own business using the internet is beneficial to the business. A website is considered to be a company or an individual’s representative in the online world. As the perceived representation of an entity or individual it is logical to apply protection to make sure that it won’t be hacked to keep the confidence of your users and clients high,
Protecting a website is a tough job, but luckily it is possible to keep your site safe from hackers who want to steal and insert malicious codes in your site. Nowadays sites are hacked because of the two main activities; phishing attacks and extraction of database.
Most targeted sites of hackers are banking sites for the purpose of extracting information from it, if they succeed that would be considered as a jackpot as it is extremely difficult to hack into financial websites, imagine the insane amount of banking credentials that can be stolen is huge. This tight security was possible because sites have a team of security experts to ensure that security breach won’t happen. But how do security experts find out vulnerabilities in their site in the first place?
Through penetration testing, security experts are hired where hacking skills is a must in order to test a site’s security level. Simulated cyber-attacks are performed on a computer system (in this case an API aka application protocol interfaces) to discover vulnerabilities that are yet to be known, another term for this is pen test. This exercise is commonly done to improve a web application firewall aka WAF.
In the situation where hackers inject phishing sites, the method of pen testing a company’s assets externally is important, because this affects assets that are seen online such as the web application, website, and email and domain name servers (DNS). With external pen testing the extraction of data and/or the whole database itself can be prevented to avoid more cases of phishing attacks. It is also possible to inject a file into an unsecured webpage to host a phishing site.