Detecting Intrusions vs. Preventing Them
In an ideal scenario, your web application would be impermeable to intruders. Unfortunately, new vulnerabilities in web applications are being discovered all the time and sometimes we might not be aware that an intrusion has taken place until after it has occurred.
Although the first case is more serious than the second (prevention is always better than cure), a sound security infrastructure requires more than simply installing tried and tested policies and solutions. Intrusion detection systems that monitor for malicious activity and suspicious web traffic can help to identify when an intrusion has taken place.
Active Intrusion Prevention with Acunetix
However, Intrusion detection, although paramount, is a passive form of security. Therefore, you need a set of tools that allow you to see whether people can penetrate these security measures.
Acunetix is one such tool. The web application layer is significantly different from the network layer simply because web applications (e.g., shopping carts, login forms, contact us forms) need to have direct access to your database.