How your website offers the perfect foothold to get into your corporate network

iStock_000014218954XSmallEven if your company’s website doesn’t contain any sensitive data, it still offers a fertile hunting ground for hackers to access your corporate network and steal whatever they want – often without letting you know that it has happened.

Despite the ease with which websites can be hacked, many companies continue to underestimate the importance of web application security.

Criminals prefer the easiest, most inexpensive attack methods 

In reality, cyber criminals are less likely to spend money on expensive zero-day attacks and complex APTs (advanced persistent threats). Instead, they will target information that can be easily stolen via insecure web applications, which are even easier to track down and exploit through very cheap, highly effective and readily available automated software tools.

Breaking in to your network via your web applications is one of the cheapest, most reliable and quietest ways to steal your data. Criminals can do this by bypassing your other, more advanced security defences because you haven’t secured your most vulnerable interface with the world.

Why automated vulnerability scans isn’t enough

Contrary to what many may believe, automated vulnerability scanning is not enough to secure today’s web applications. That’s why web application penetration testing is so important: it combines automated scans with manual tests led by highly experienced penetration testers to identify vulnerabilities on your web applications and offer advice on remediation to eliminate those vulnerabilities.

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