Websites are always at risk. In fact, most websites experience more than 8,000 attacks per year, during which malicious hackers try to find and exploit security vulnerabilities. The rise of cloud-based services and migration of sensitive and cardholder data to the cloud, and high availability has introduced many new web application security vulnerabilities that hackers can use to their advantage. While free tools like Microsoft Windows Baseline Security Analyzer and open source Linux security scanners can be helpful in identifying some basic vulnerabilities, they aren't able to alert you to every risk factor and configuration issues.
Further, these bad actors have become more sophisticated over time in finding security flaws and vulnerabilities. They now use automated security tools that crawl and scan large amounts of web applications for common and known security vulnerabilities such as SQL Injection and Cross-site Scripting (XSS). Once they find a vulnerable target, they exploit the vulnerability in it in order to gain access and steal data, distribute malicious content, or even vandalize it by injecting spam content or malware.
That is why it is important to include vulnerability assessment and vulnerability management programs in your penetration testing. This is a simple process with Netsparker, a fully automated and easy to use vulnerability scanner software. Netsparker allows you to identify exploitable security vulnerabilities in your websites, web applications and web services so you can fix them before they become a problem.
There are a few key steps that you can take to mitigate and prevent future web application vulnerability problems. Keeping your web server software, operating systems, web frameworks and libraries up to date with security patches is one part of the game. A good Web Application Firewall (WAF) can help filter out malicious traffic, but it won’t close security vulnerabilities in web applications. To be serious about the security of your web applications, it is essential to conduct routine vulnerability assessments with a vulnerability scanner software--and Netsparker offers the best solution.
Netsparker works by first identifying all the attack surfaces of a web application and then identifying security vulnerabilities and flaws in them. Upon finding security issues, Netsparker produces a proof of exploit, which allows you to understand the impact the vulnerability has, thus helping you triage vulnerability fixes and take the necessary steps to remediate it easily. Netsparker scans web applications for vulnerabilities listed in the OWASP Top Ten list like Cross-site Scripting (XSS) and SQL injection, as well as thousands of other vulnerability variants. The Netsparker vulnerability scanner software can scan any type of modern and custom built HTML5, Web 2.0 application and Single Page Applications (SPA), regardless if it was built with PHP, .NET or JAVA.
Netsparker's advanced web application security scanning technology can identify security holes and vulnerabilities that others might miss, as proven in the most recent independent web vulnerability scanner comparison. Netsparker can also automatically crawl, scan, and identify vulnerabilities in web services including:
Since the Netsparker security vulnerability scanner uses the Proof-Based Scanning™ to verify vulnerabilities, it is dead accurate and does not report false-positives, thus allows you to spend time on remediation rather than verifying the scanner's findings.
Clients tout Netsparker's easy-to-use interface and support for things like two-factor authentication. Others note the efficacy, speed, and reliability of the web vulnerability scanner.
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