A hacked website can have catastrophic effect on your business reputation and finances. As a result, web application and web server security has become paramount if businesses want to succeed in today’s online world, where data breaches and hacks are everyday news.
Web application and cloud security is more complex than network security, hence you need to choose the Netsparker web application security scanner; the right security software to ensure that all the components that make up your web application, including your web server, are secure.
Even though web application security and securing the operating system and network services running on a web server are two different things, you cannot address one and not the other. They compliment each other.
Though each approach is concerned with a different attack surface, this does not mean that you need a second security product for server protection. During a web vulnerability scan, the Netsparker web application security scanner also scans the web server for misconfigurations that might lead to security issues.
The impact of a web server misconfiguration varies from a hacker being able to gain access to sensitive information or code to completely infiltrate the system, including compromising the operating system, even if the web application does not have any vulnerabilities. It is for this reason that Netsparker also scans the web server for misconfigurations that might lead to possible security flaws.
Netsparker incorporates checks for the most popular and widely used web servers, both those running on a Microsoft Windows server and also those running on Linux and Unix. During a scan, it has the capability to automatically recognize and scan the Apache web servers for issues and misconfigurations, scan and identify security flaws in the Microsoft IIS web server, and also scan:
Unlike other solutions, the Netsparker web application security scanner does not rely on the web server's version to determine whether it is configured securely or not, or if it has any known vulnerabilities. It uses a number of heuristic checks to check for security issues which might be caused by web server configuration, including:
If on your web server you also host your database server, i.e. where your Microsoft SQL or MySQL is running, Netsparker will also scan the database server to ensure there are no misconfigurations that might lead to possible security attacks. For example the Netsparker web application security scanner checks the database server for possible sensitive data disclosure, such as database names or usernames. It also checks if the database server is prone to denial of service attacks.
Web application security and web server security go hand in hand – one web application vulnerability or misconfigured server and malicious hackers will be able to gain access your server. We recommend that you use the Netsparker web application security scanner to ensure that both the web application and web server have no any security issues.
In addition, the Netsparker security scanner uses our Exclusive Proof-Based Scanning™ technology to automatically verify detected web vulnerabilities, proving that they are real and not false positives. This precision allows you to delegate the web vulnerability scanning to less qualified professionals, because there is no for seasoned security professionals to manually verify the web security scan results – saving both time and money!
Even if you have a web application firewall, an intrusion detection system (IDS) or any other type of server security software, you can still use the Netsparker web vulnerability scanner because you can throttle the speed of the scan without affecting the scan results.
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