It seems like data breaches are always in the news. Websites, web applications, and also the web server and operating system they are hosted on are at constant risk of online attacks. So it's important to implement precautions to enhance the website and web server security. Malicious hackers are an increasing risk to the safety of business and users' sensitive information such as cardholder data, which includes financial and personal information.
To ensure web server security it is important to do more than just install the latest updates to address vulnerabilities and security flaws in the Microsoft Windows, Linux and Unix operating system. Also, web server security goes beyond simply deploying SSL/TLS and focus on web applications. You also need to focus on the security of your Microsoft IIS (Internet Information Services), Nginx, Apache HTTP server, and other similar software and network services running on your operating system to have a secure web server.
Web server administrators should follow web security best practices and test for misconfigurations on a regular basis. They should scan the Linux web server or Microsoft Windows server software to ensure the latest security patches are installed, file and directory permissions are correctly configured, server logs are safely stored and access to the web server (typically via SSH) and other server software is controlled via dedicated administrator accounts.
A security scanner such as Netsparker is one good way to keep sensitive data safe from security threats, new and old. With the security tool you can do vulnerability assessments and identify key vulnerabilities in your web application, and in your web server configuration.
The scanner also scans the web server configuration. For example it checks that the HTTPS (SSL/TLS) is correctly implemented, and that the enabled web server modules and frameworks do not have any vulnerabilities. It also has heuristic checks for vulnerabilities, such as code evaluations, so Netsparker does not simply rely on the version of the software to report vulnerabilities. For example it can identify security flaws in your PHP framework without checking the version.
Netsparker uses the exclusive Proof-Based Scanning™, which totally eliminates the need to manually check the security scan results for false positives. This saves time and energy while helping to prevent a hacked website.
Netsparker first identifies all the possible attack surfaces on websites and the web servers, then attacks them. Once it finds a security vulnerability, it automatically exploits it in a safe and read-only manner, to confirm it's not a false positive. With the proof of exploit for any noted vulnerabilities, you'll have full confidence in the results of each scan and be able to immediately act to fix them.
The Netsparker vulnerability scanner also scans the web server for possible misconfigurations, so you can ensure that your web servers do not have any possible flaws malicious hackers can exploit. And if Netsparker identifies off the shelf web applications, such as WordPress, Drupal or Joomla content management systems, or frameworks such as Google Web Toolkit, Netsparker will scan them to ensure they do not have any possible vulnerabilities.
Take advantage of cutting-edge vulnerability scanning technology to keep your websites, web applications, web services and web servers secure. Netsparker is available as a Windows-based desktop application and as a hosted, or self hosted online web application security solution.
Netsparker offers a free trial period so you can see for yourself why leading companies across many industries trust Netsparker for their website security. Sign up for your free demo today and see why Netsparker is the right security tool for your business.