Conducting a Website Security Check

Frequent website security checks help you identify SQL Injection, Cross-site Scripting & other vulnerabilities on your web applications so you can fix them before malicious hackers find & exploit them.

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When was the last time you considered the security of your business websites? Do you know if they are vulnerable to exploitable vulnerabilities, such as SQL Injection and XSS?

At the very least, your business needs to run security tests of all corporate web applications before they are deployed, and whenever your developers apply updates or add new code.

Web Security Threats

Feature rich web applications are a must for engaging clients and customers in today's marketplace. But, the more complex and feature rich the web applications are, the more the chances of having vulnerabilities. These security holes can allow an attacker to access sensitive data on web servers and other systems used to host the application or are connected to it, as well as steal credentials and other data saved on the web server.

Any opportunity for user input can be an opening for an attacker if the application lacks proper validation. Cross-site scripting (XSS) vulnerabilities, in which an attacker can write their own JavaScript and make a vulnerable website run it in visitors' browsers, can lead to session theft, credential theft, and malware installation. SQL injection vulnerabilities, in which an application allows an attacker to run queries that expose or modify databases, can lead to theft and destruction of sensitive client data.

In addition to input validation vulnerabilities, protocol vulnerabilities can also be an issue. If a website incorrectly implements SSL or TLS, sensitive data such as credentials and cardholder data (which includes credit card numbers that should be well protected as per the PCI DSS requirements) may be at risk.

How a Web Application Scanner Can Help

You may already have a web application firewall in place, but it is no substitute for having a secure application in the first place. To run a meaningful website security check that detects those vulnerabilities and more, you need a security scanner that supports your applications and provides reliable and accurate results.

Netsparker's website security scanner is platform-independent. Whether your web application is built around an open source content management system like WordPress, or your application is a custom developed one for your business, our scanner can accurately map out the complete website and identify real security vulnerabilities. It also has checks for misused or misconfigured HTTP headers, cookies (such as the HTTP only cookies headers) etc, thus ensuring you have a secure website.

Netsparker also has a number of security tests for the web server hosting the web application. It checks if any web server misconfiguration can lead to a security flaw. It has dedicated security tests for a wide variety of web servers, including Apache, Tomcat and Nginx, which run on Linux, and also IIS, which runs on Microsoft Windows.

Our scanner can also be easily integrated into your SDLC, DevOps and web security program, no matter how it is structured. We offer two editions, both of which test for the latest security holes: a Microsoft Windows desktop based scanner edition, as well as a cloud edition. For smaller teams, the desktop edition may be a better fit. The hosted cloud edition, which is also available as a self-hosted solution, offers a central portal that lets the team schedule and run scans easily, whether you have a few web application or thousands. Furthermore, configurable permissions allow scanning and reporting privileges to be easily limited to website owners.

A web security scanner is only as good as its test results. Netsparker's uses exclusively Proof Based Scanning™, which means that its comprehensive reports contain a proof of exploit. The scanner will not only check website pages and functions for real flaws that real attackers target, but provides dead accurate results that teams can immediately act upon.

Security and development teams alike can quickly see in the security scanning report what payload in the HTTP request caused each successful exploitation, as well as what data was exposed when the vulnerability scanner exploited the vulnerability. Security teams get a clearer view of the vulnerabilities without all the hours of manual validation. Development teams can quickly identify the vulnerability in their source code, and begin developing a patch.

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Contact us today, and get fifteen days of free website security scanning from the Netsparker Web Application Security Scanner. See for yourself how much easier it will make it for you to stay on top of your business's website security.

What our customers are saying

"I had the opportunity to compare external expertise reports with Netsparker ones. Netsparker was better, finding more breaches. It’s a very good product for me."
"As opposed to other web application scanners, Netsparker is very easy to use. An out of the box installation can detect more vulnerabilities than any other scanner."
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