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Top 10 Cybersecurity Trends to Look Out For in 2020

Category: Web Security Readings - Last Updated: Tue, 19 Nov 2019 - by Zbigniew Banach
Top 10 Cybersecurity Trends to Look Out For in 2020

2019 has seen cybersecurity issues firmly take their place in the news, both for the technology industry and the general public. While organizations are increasingly aware of the importance of cybersecurity, most are struggling to define and implement the required security measures. In this article, we take a look at 10 cybersecurity trends that are likely to shape the cybersecurity landscape in 2020, from data breaches and IT security staff shortages to security automation and integration. Read More

Red Team Vs Blue Team Testing for Cybersecurity

Category: Web Security Readings - Last Updated: Thu, 14 Nov 2019 - by Zbigniew Banach
Red Team Vs Blue Team Testing for Cybersecurity

Red team versus blue team exercises simulate real-life cyberattacks against organizations to locate weaknesses and improve information security. In this wargaming approach, the red team are the attackers and they attempt to infiltrate an organization’s digital and physical defenses using any attack techniques available to real attackers. The blue team’s job is to detect penetration attempts and prevent exploitation. Red team vs blue team exercises can last several weeks and provide a realistic assessment of an organization’s security posture. Read More

Why Static Code Analysis Is Not Enough to Secure Your Web Applications

Category: Web Security Readings - Last Updated: Thu, 07 Nov 2019 - by Zbigniew Banach
Why Static Code Analysis Is Not Enough to Secure Your Web Applications

Static code analysis tools are used to automatically check source code for errors and security vulnerabilities, as well as ensure compliance with coding standards. While effective for some classes of vulnerabilities, they have a number of disadvantages and limitations, especially for web applications. Dynamic analysis solutions address many of these problems and can complement or replace static tools. This article looks at some of the shortcomings of static analysis and shows how deploying dynamic analysis tools can help you improve web application security. Read More

XSS Filter Evasion

Category: Web Security Readings - Last Updated: Thu, 24 Oct 2019 - by Zbigniew Banach
XSS Filter Evasion

XSS filter evasion refers to a variety of methods used by attackers to bypass Cross-Site Scripting filters. Attackers attempting to inject malicious JavaScript into web page code must not only exploit an application vulnerability, but also evade input validation and fool complex browser filters. This article looks at some common approaches to XSS filter evasion and shows what you can do to improve application security. Read More

Successfully Integrating Security into the Software Development Life Cycle

Category: Web Security Readings - Last Updated: Wed, 16 Oct 2019 - by Allen Baird
Successfully Integrating Security into the Software Development Life Cycle

It is vital that security measures, including web application security scanning, play an early role in the software development life cycle. This article summarizes a podcast discussion in which Netsparker CEO Ferruh Mavituna talks about the place of security testing in the SDLC and how companies can achieve this integration with maximum success. Read More

What Is DevSecOps: How to Incorporate Security into DevOps

Category: Web Security Readings - Last Updated: Thu, 10 Oct 2019 - by Zbigniew Banach
What Is DevSecOps: How to Incorporate Security into DevOps

DevSecOps, or Development, Security and Operations, is a software development methodology that integrates security checks and practices into DevOps processes. Implementing DevSecOps requires organizations to adopt a security-first mindset and use automated security validation in their DevOps pipeline. This article looks at the evolution of methodologies towards DevSecOps and shows what tools can be used to ensure security in agile web application development. Read More

5 Ways a Cyberattack Can Hurt Your Organization

Category: Web Security Readings - Last Updated: Wed, 02 Oct 2019 - by Zbigniew Banach
5 Ways a Cyberattack Can Hurt Your Organization

Cyberattacks are an inevitable part of everyday business for organizations of all sizes worldwide. Despite growing awareness of the consequences of a successful attack, many organizations still downplay the associated risks. A cyberattack can have devastating and long-lasting consequences for the entire organization, and in this article, we will look at 5 crucial ways that a cyberattack can hurt your business. Read More

What is Code Injection and How to Avoid It

Category: Web Security Readings - Last Updated: Fri, 27 Sep 2019 - by Zbigniew Banach
What is Code Injection and How to Avoid It

Code injection, also called Remote Code Execution (RCE), occurs when an attacker exploits an input validation flaw in software to introduce and execute malicious code. Code is injected in the language of the targeted application and executed by the server-side interpreter. Any application that directly uses unvalidated input is vulnerable to code injection, and web applications are a prime target for attackers. This article shows how code injection vulnerabilities arise and how you can protect your web applications from injection. Read More

Why Websites Need HTTP Strict Transport Security (HSTS)

Category: Web Security Readings - Last Updated: Tue, 24 Sep 2019 - by Zbigniew Banach
Why Websites Need HTTP Strict Transport Security (HSTS)

HTTPS has become the protocol of choice for any serious website, but enforcing the use of HTTPS instead of HTTP requires the HTTP Strict Transport Security header, or HSTS. Using the HSTS header, the server informs the visiting browser that only the HTTPS version of the requested site is available, and plain HTTP will not be served. In this article, we will look at the history of HSTS, see how it works and how to set it up, and learn why using it can actually drive traffic to your website. Read More

September 2019 Update for Netsparker Enterprise

Category: Releases - Last Updated: Thu, 19 Sep 2019 - by Netsparker Security Team

This blog post announces the September 2019 update for Netsparker Enterprise. Highlights are support for internal agents and bulk operations, and new issues tracking integrations and API endpoints. Other new features are support for data exporting, a technical contact change option, scan conversion options, and new malware technology. Read More

7 Crucial Components of Cyber Incident Recovery

Category: Web Security Readings - Last Updated: Tue, 17 Sep 2019 - by Zbigniew Banach
7 Crucial Components of Cyber Incident Recovery

Organizations are consistently reporting increased numbers of cyber incidents, with data breaches and ransomware infections fast becoming a common occurrence. Solid security procedures and good planning can go a long way towards preventing many incidents but when things go wrong, you have to be prepared for recovery. In this article, we will look at 7 key aspects of planning for cyber incident recovery to maintain business continuity and minimize costly downtime. Read More

Goodbye XSS Auditor

Category: Web Security Readings - Last Updated: Wed, 04 Sep 2019 - by Sven Morgenroth
Goodbye XSS Auditor

Chrome has retired the XSS Auditor because of problems with bypasses and security issues. This article describes how the Auditor worked, how it was bypassed and how it began. It examines the XSS Auditor’s weaknesses and vulnerabilities – deactivatable security and information leaks it caused. Finally, it suggests a secure alternative for the XSS Auditor. Read More

Scaling-Up and Automating Web Application Security

Category: Web Security Readings - Last Updated: Tue, 03 Sep 2019 - by Allen Baird
Scaling-Up and Automating Web Application Security

This blog post summarizes a security talk given by CEO, Ferruh Mavituna, about scaling-up and automating web application security. Ferruh discusses the stages of vulnerability detection, website and vulnerability categories, the benefits and limits of automation, pre and post-scan challenges to automation, and the elimination of false positives. Read More

A Cyber Incident Response Plan for Your Web Applications

Category: Web Security Readings - Last Updated: Wed, 28 Aug 2019 - by Zbigniew Banach
A Cyber Incident Response Plan for Your Web Applications

With so many businesses dependent on web and cloud technologies, sooner or later every organization may need to handle a web cyber security incident. Having a cyber security incident response plan (IR plan) is crucial for maintaining business continuity and recording information to manage any incident and its aftermath. This article looks at how you can plan your web security incident responses, what threats you need to consider, and why having an effective and tested response plan is a necessity for modern organizations. Read More