10Aug2013

Best ways to defend your web applications in 2013

We have to admit that usual ways of securing the application like firewalls are not working now. On the other hand more and more people are now using web applications and this is what shall be defended properly. Let’s see the best ways of how to secure the web application.

The strategy will mostly depend on the structure and architecture of the current application. Remember to test every defending system you come up with.

The main course will be the total agnosticism in the programming language.

The most suited case for the application developers and protectors is the well-known DEV522: Defending Web Applications Security Essentials.

Here is the list of main topics to be discussed there:

  • Application language configuration
  • Application coding errors like SQL Injection and Cross-Site Scripting
  • Infrastructure Security
  • Server Configuration
  • Authentication Bypass
  • Web services and related flaws
  • Authentication mechanisms
  • XPATH and XQUERY languages and injection
  • Business logic flaws
  • Cross-Site Request Forging
  • Web 2.0 and its use of web services
  • Protective HTTP Headers

The course goes with handful of exercises, so all the news will be properly tested.

Now let’s go on to the premiership TOP 7 security trends.

1. Security of Mobile Adoption and Clouds

Clouds and mobile computing appeared to be really popular these days. This means these two items do need the great level of security for users to feel rather safe. However we shall admit clouds appeared to be safer in 2013 than they were in previous year.

Still due to the multiple deployment timetables companies are really taking into consideration the possibility of raising the level of cloud security.

In mobile devices more and more people are mixing their own private data with valuable data of companies they work in. This means the security level shall allow all kinds of information to remain intact. The first real results if BYOD (bring-your-own-device) tips are actually awaited in 2014, however these ways are profitable even now.

2. Sandboxing Smartphone Apps and their business

This tool will be really widespread this year. Most people use it to get the data stored. At the same time employees have to examine just how exactly it’s stored on mobile devices.  The basic features used in sandboxing technology will let people to protect their data in rather effective way.

3. Cloud Offers Unprecedented Attack Strength

We all have to admit that BYOD latest trends lead to the particular downside of the potential security. The main protocol of BYOD makes it possible to pinch into the brick wall of mobile protection in order to make the total security not all that well.

The greater attacks appeared to go from the clouds. This is inevitable since the really protected clouds are not really handy to use, this means the inventors shall come up with something really new in order to satisfy current user needs.

4.Cross-Platform and Post-FlashbackAttacks Increase

Malware attacks are really horrifying since the person can just once write the malware and then savor the glory of having the virus spread from device to device. Still most of malware was centered around Windows etc. That made Mac, Linux, Android and Unix comparably safe.

Unfortunately in the last year the writers turned their attention to Flashback malware. The multiple of Flashback Trojans appeared in the depth of the web haunting the users. A lot of organizations appeared to be attacked by these items. The main target appeared to be Mac with its multiple devices in easy access.

5. Critical Infrastructure for Destructive Malware Targets

In 2012 Shamoon malware was the real threat to a lot of users. However at the end it appeared to be not quite what it was supposed to be. People thought it to be directed on the state, however it was made for Saudi Aramco — the state-owned national oil company of Saudi Arabia, the tremendous oil exporter.  They didn’t even invent something new. Instead they decided to use somewhat changed tricks that were already in the net.

In 2013 attacks of hackers appeared to be even more destructive. Nowadays the simplicity of IT sources led to the attackers not having to be even somewhat hackers. They just could use the ready-to-go things without being malware experts. The DDos attacks became possible as well.

6. Hackers Target QR Codes, TecTiles

The most recent kind of attack is the usage of fake OR codes. This means the attacker interrupts into the real process of the working system in order to crush it down. Or, to be exact, to make the system crush itself down. The mobile phones can now be cross-site attacked through the used scripts.

Samsung TecTiles are now primarily used in banks while Android developers prefers NFC tags (a.k.a. near field communication tags). This way is supposed to be better since hackers can actually create their own TecTiles for using it in attacks.

7. Digital Wallets Become Cybercrime Targets

Nowadays people are using their smartphones for various needs. This became the reason of the main interest of attackers. The multiple electronic wallets appeared to be accessible in systems of Google, Apple, Verizon, T-Mobile, AT&T etc.

Still the effective ways of protection here are not yet widely known since each of them is working for defined circumstances.

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