There’s More to Web Security than Meets the Eye

When we talk about Web security, we typically think about the common OWASP-type elements: SQL injection, cross-site scripting, passwords, encryption and the like. That’s fine but those areas can’t be our only focus. There’s so much more to managing information risks that’s often overlooked. Ask any information security manager or compliance officer and they’ll likely […]

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To Validate or Not, Is That the Question?

Recently, a project manager I work with asked me if I had manually validated a set of security flaws I uncovered during a web security assessment. The flaws in question were related to the server host and not the actual Web application. I actually had not manually validated every single finding in that regard. I […]

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Securing FTP Running on Your Web Server

I’ve had several questions from clients recently on how they can to secure FTP running on their web servers. The easy and short-sighted response would be “Are you nuts? You need to run FTP on a dedicated server!” However, looking at it from a business perspective considering things like money, politics, business process and third-party […]

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Good Web Security Tools and Why They Matter

Like chemists, carpenters and doctors, those of us working in IT need good tools if we’re expected to do a good job. When dealing with application security, good security testing tools will always set the professionals apart from the amateurs. In fact, the quality of your tools for performing a site security audit will have […]

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Why You Need Intruder Lockout

It’s a very predictable web security flaw — in fact, it’s something I find in the majority of my web security assessments: the lack of intruder lockout on login pages. I know, with all the SQL injection and cross-site scripting present on the web, the lack of intruder lockout on web login pages seems a […]

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Don't Forget Your Marketing Website Security

I recently read about a marketing agency that experienced a security breach and subsequent defacement of its customers’ websites. Apparently their developers had misconfigured the web server and unknowingly gave the whole world access to change any and all content at will. What interested me the most was the fact that out of the hundreds […]

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Why people violate security policies

Many organizations have a formal set of information security policies covering everything from acceptable internet usage to security in software development to web application security. In fact, it’s hard to come across a business today that doesn’t have at least a policy or two in place. That’s fine and dandy but it’s not the existence […]

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