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  • Writer's pictureSteven Duckett

How can I Secure my Website from the Most Common Vulnerabilities?

A Website Vulnerability Assessment (often referred to as Web Application Penetration Testing or Pentest) addresses the security of your website (Web application). Websites are mostly publicly available and are there to provide services for anyone with internet access. This makes them a primary target for attackers.


Web applications are grown out of static pages and becoming more dynamic in terms of providing content. User data, admin panels and card payment details are all gold mines in the eyes of the hackers.


How can I Secure my Website against the most common vulnerabilities?


We test your web application against the ten most common vulnerabilities. This is not just an Internet top 10 but is open source and the de facto gold standard in the cybersecurity community – The OWASP (Open Web Application Security Project) Top 10.


Any company with a dynamic web application can benefit from a penetration test. A dynamic web application is an application that generates data/pages in real-time. These applications normally have user/admin dashboards and login pages and are connected to a database.


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How often do you need to secure my website?


Web development is a fast-paced, dynamic industry. New technologies and platform plugins are emerging daily. Many components are used to develop a website along with third-party software.


What is the process of having a Website Vulnerability Assessment?


The process starts with client engagement and understanding their concerns and requirements. We first establish the client’s requirements at a higher level. This is where we discuss any compliance or insurance concerns. We will also explain the process in plain English.


The next step we move on to scope the assessment. At this stage, we normally talk to your IT staff to scope the project and assess any required permissions. Once the scope is agreed upon, we move on to the assessment. This includes identifying technical details, relevant points of contact and times/dates.


During our vulnerability assessment, we will be in regular contact and should anything critical be discovered, we will work with you immediately to address that concern. Our highly knowledgeable consultants will use industry-standard tools, manual testing, and Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) to assess your website's security throughout the test fully.


Our final report will be split into two digestible sections. The first section is a high-level overview of all findings and is designed to allow senior stakeholders to understand the findings and the steps they need to take to address them.


Our second section is a technically detailed report that covers the techniques used, vulnerabilities found, and the associated outcomes. In addition to this, information will also be included so our IT Security teams can replicate the findings when remediation measures are being implemented.


How long will a Website Vulnerability Assessment take?


As each Website Vulnerability Assessment is bespoke to the client’s requirements and needs, meaning the testing duration varies. Once all parties have signed off on the scope of the assessment, the assessment duration can be confirmed.


Will a Website Vulnerability Assessment affect my normal business operations?


When scoping the project, we analyze and plan to avoid any disruptions. If necessary, we have the ability to conduct the assessment during weekends or evenings to avoid high-traffic hours. There will not be any disruption unless we advise you in advance and both parties are agreed on that.


Important Note: Outsourced developers/contractors are not necessarily responsible for the web application’s security. Our objectives and tooling are different. However, we work hand in hand with developers to address the security side of their operation.


Were you interested in learning more about a Website Vulnerability Assessment? Got some more questions? Contact Niomie today, and she’ll be happy to discuss more.


If you've secured your website, we recommend having a Network Vulnerability Assessment! Our Network Vulnerability Assessment scans and reviews your internal networks and systems, looking for weaknesses such as poorly maintained or designed systems, out-of-date services, insecure access controls, or opportunities to access and steal sensitive data.

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