Choosing a Vulnerability Scanner for Your Drupal Website

A good Drupal vulnerability scanner does not just do a version check, but should also launch a series of heuristic vulnerability checks, like Netsparker, which has a dedicated scanning engine for websites built with Drupal.

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As one of the most popular content management systems (CMS) today, Drupal is utilized by a number of high profile companies to power highly trafficked websites.

The Drupal CMS project is open source, so anyone can download, use, work on, share, modify the Drupal core and create modules for the platform. While this is great for a lot of software developers, open source software is often a double-edged sword, and Drupal isn't an exception — it's open to abuse. That's why Drupal security should be a high priority for anyone using this web application to power their websites. One of the best ways to check the attack surface of your Drupal website, ensure it is secure and the basic security best practices are addressed, is to do vulnerability assessments with a vulnerability scanner, even if you use a security plugin.

Why a Web Vulnerability Scanner?

Pretty much any web applications has vulnerabilities — that's just a fact that every security researcher agrees to. The problem comes when these unknown vulnerabilities are exploited by hackers or other bad actors. These attacks aren't necessarily sophisticated — many high impact vulnerabilities such as SQL Injection and Cross-site Scripting (XSS) are easy to detect automatically and exploit — and put the data of your users at risk. And if that data includes sensitive financial or personal information such as cardholder data, this can quickly turn into a nightmare. The good news is it can all be prevented. A vulnerability scanner is one tool that can help mitigate your website's risk of attack.

Automated vulnerability scanners can be used to do continuous vulnerability assessments and security testing, enabling you to immediately flags any threats. When it comes to risk management, time is of the essence, and a good and accurate vulnerability scanner means that your IT team can address them as soon as possible. This extra time can mean the difference between halting an attack or doing damage control. Routine vulnerability assessments with an automated vulnerability scanner are an important step towards keeping a website and web server secure. By drastically cutting down the time it takes to scan websites for security issues, it's easier to scale up your online security as your website or web application grows. Regularly locating the vulnerabilities in your Drupal site will let you remedy them right away, giving you peace of mind.

Why the Netsparker Web Application Security Solution?

The world of website vulnerability scanners is vast, but your vulnerability scanner of choice should be Netsparker. Here's why:

Netsparker scans web applications for common vulnerabilities like Cross-site Scripting (XSS), SQL injection, Local File Inclusions and thousands of other different variants, some of which are listed in the OWASP Top Risks. The Netsparker security scanner can scan any modern and custom made HTML5, Web 2.0, Single Page Application (SPA) and any application that heavily relies on JavaScript and other client-side technology. So far so good — but this isn't what sets Netsparker apart from the competition.

Netsparker also has a specific engine for off the shelf web applications, such as WordPress, Joomla! and Drupal. So if during a security scan it detects a Drupal installation on a target website, regardless if it runs on HTTP or HTTPS it checks the Drupal version and runs a number of specific Drupal security checks. Netsparker does not just rely on the version and runs a number of security checks which have already been reported in the CVE database, but it runs a number of heuristic security checks. The same applies for all other content management system and blogging software.

It’s Netsarker’s exclusive Proof-Based Scanning™ that distinguishes Netsparker from other vulnerability scanners. Netsparker's Proof-Based Scanning™ single handedly eliminates the task of manually checking the scan results for false positives, saving you time and energy while helping stay on top of any Drupal vulnerabilities. Netsparker ensures the identified security flaws are not false positives by automatically exploiting the vulnerabilities in a read-only and safe way. Upon exploiting them it also generates a proof of exploit, hence you can have total confidence in the results. With Netsparker there's no human error: you'll be confident knowing what vulnerabilities exist and be able to get to work fixing them right away.

Why Should You Scan Your Drupal Website Now?

It's never too soon to take a step towards better website security, and Netsparker is here to help you keep your Drupal website safe and secure. Leading companies across a variety of industries trust Netsparker as the standard for their website security, but you don't have to take their word for it. Sign up for your free demo and application scans today and let us show you why Netsparker is the right security tool for your business.

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