Website Security Lockdown

By Charles Duckett | September 27 2018

Administrators and employees alike often overlook the importance of website security. Intruders are becoming craftier as their tools and resources are expanding. Website defenses are playing catch-up daily to respond to these threats. Some of the threats unavoidable when they set their sights on many websites. For example, many websites are unequipped with ability to cope with a DoS attack. But, websites can take measures to ensure that there are not data leaks accompanied with an attack. There are also other measures that should be taken to prioritize valuable information from intruders’ hands. 

Priority should be the protection of endpoint users considering they are the trusting consumer on a presumably safe website. Their connection must be secure but also their information that they deposit on the website such as PII. Usually these are held on accumulating directories below the interface of the website. These directories need to be secured or under more firewall protections to ensure its safety. 

The location of data determines a great deal of the degree of vulnerability. Cloud services do not absolve websites of such vulnerabilities, the website’s data is simply stored somewhere else and not in a nebulous location. When using a 3rd party application such as cloud services, their software should be cleared for supply chain irregularities and for its ability to filter out malicious code that made its way onto its servers. These actions will ensure attempts made on 3rd party exploitations don’t divulge any valuable information. Trojan horses could be lurking underneath the surface ready to strike at any time. Through simple risk assessments, website security can identify and dispose quickly of hidden malicious code. 

As for the website’s end, regardless of 3rd party usage, misconfigurations of data location and files in improper places can be embarrassing if exploited. Hidden files within the website’s code, albeit not visible on its interface, such as directories of previous consumer data can be obtained by even the most rudimentary intruders. There are numerous examples of websites and their administrators failing to secure large directories on their websites due to lack of diligence in securing such valuable information.  

Website administrators should be wary of using old passwords. As innocuous as it sounds this poses a sizeable security risk to the information on the website. Old passwords are prone to exploitation through an intruder. This intruder can siphon information by breaching the website to gain even more access to possibly even a network database. Another reason to consider this factor is that it is relatively cheap to sell this information on the dark web by people disgruntled employees or physical fragments of information from the place of work. 

Easy changes to make to dissuade attacks is changing the domain from “http” to “https.” This helps secure the endpoint users from exploits used by hackers to take advantage of the uncoded connection between the user and the website. 

There are infinite ways to configure a website to optimize safety for use. Administrators should be cognizant of where their data is located, how it is secured, and how it is channeled from endpoint to database. Taking action in these three domains the best shot at taking proper care of a website. 

 

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