Today, every facet of a business’ online persona can be a target — and none are more vulnerable than web applications. All business leaders use cybersecurity solutions to protect their email and IT infrastructure. The problem is, most business leaders don’t understand how many threats target web applications.
We’re far from the days where a simple firewall and antivirus software meant our computers and networks were safe. Today threats target a wider variety of vulnerabilities and are more vicious in their outcomes.
The Web Applications You Rely on Can Be Used Against You
How many web-based apps does your company use?
Like many, you may at first think “none.” With the internet so perfectly ingrained in modern business, web-facing apps may not immediately come to mind. However, there’s a pretty good chance the backbone of your organization uses web apps. In fact, here are a few you might recognize:
- Gmail, or any other web-based email platform
- Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Hootsuite — or any social media platform if your organization has a social media presence
- Basecamp, Asana, or any other online team-tracking software
- Microsoft 365 Online
- Hubspot, Marketo or any other CRM or marketing software to drive leads
These are just a few, but it’s more than likely your organization not only utilizes one or more of these programs but relies on them heavily — and that’s a security risk. The more you rely on them, the more hackers want to exploit them to benefit their own interests.
The Threats Are Numerous — And In-Depth
Web application attacks are numerous and can be tricky to pull off – and with so many applications with different strengths and weaknesses, cyberattacks are never a one-size-fits-all solution. While that may go a step in making a hacker’s day harder, it’s also going to be hard for a cybersecurity professional in your organization to juggle all the balls and keep apps safe.
Here are a few commons web application attacks you may or may not have heard of — and might be posing a threat to your apps and data right now.
Code/SQL Injecting – This attack allows hackers to access the backend of SQL statements via URLs and input fields, and can easily allow them access to sensitive information on SQL databases such as usernames, passwords, and more.
Cross-Site Scripting/XSS – Cross Site Scripting, or XSS for short, is an attack that targets vulnerabilities in the scripts embedded in web pages. This attack allows hackers to “hijack” those scripts on the user-side, and run malicious scripts to access session cookies, affect websites, or draw users to different, malicious websites without their knowledge.
Cross-Site Request Forgery/CSRF – This attack, which is also known as either session riding or one-click attacks, is an exploit that targets websites or applications where unauthorized commands are given to a user to make it seem like it came from a trusted source or application. An example of this could be an alert or popup coming from a trusted program that leads to malicious content and can be dangerous for your organization and clients.
Staying Secure Is a Full-Time Job
These attacks are just a few of the many out there that can affect your business, but the growing threat of cyberattack is something that should be on the minds of all business leaders today. For larger organizations, staying current with the latest cybersecurity initiatives to ensure their web-based applications are safe can be tackled by a salaried group of professionals — but for smaller businesses that can’t hire a full cybersecurity team, that threat looms ever greater.
That’s where we come in. At NENS, we have decades of experience protecting clients of all sizes from the latest generation of cyberattacks. Contact us to learn how we can protect your organization’s sensitive data today, tomorrow, and through the next generation of cyberattacks.