2011 Web Security Statistics and How to Avoid Being a Victim in 2012

Posted: February 27th, 2012
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The More We Know, The Better We Can Prepare

The landscape of web security is constantly changing with hacking attacks growing more prevalent and diverse.Our job is to constantly be evaluating that ever-changing landscape so we can stay one step ahead and be prepared in the event of an attack.Here are some resources from around the web to keep you informed, prepared, and – most importantly – secure.

2011 Data Breach Investigations Report

2011 represented the all-time lowest amount of compromised data, but also the highest amount of incidents investigated ever.Among the highest hacking methods for 2011 were brute force and dictionary attacks, SQL Injection, and buffer overflow.Web applications were the most attacked pathway when hospitality and retail victims were removed from the data-set, and suffered more numerous attacks than ever.

Read the Report>

Web Application Firewalls can help protect your business from attack. Keeping harmful traffic out and letting good traffic in is crucial to running a business online,just as it is to running a brick-and-mortar business.With attacks evolving and becoming more and more prevalent, a blacklist of signatures is no longer enough to secure web apps.They need protection against threats both known and unknown.

Intrusion Detection FAQ>

Writing an Information Security Policy

An Information Security Policy is the cornerstone of an Information Security Program. It should reflect the organization’s objectives for security and the agreed upon management strategy for securing information.

In order to be useful in providing authority to execute the remainder of the Information Security Program, it must also be formally agreed upon by executive management. This means that, in order to compose an information security policy document, an organization has to have well-defined objectives for security and an agreed-upon management strategy for securing information.

How to Write an Information Security Policy>

Selecting a Web Application Firewall

OWASP, the authority on web security, recommends the following criteria for selecting your Web Application Firewall.

  • Protection Against OWASP Top Ten!
  • Very Few False Positives (i.e., should NEVER disallow an authorized request)
  • Strength of Default (Out of the Box) Defenses
  • Power and Ease of Learn Mode
  • Types of Vulnerabilities it can prevent.
  • Detects disclosure and unauthorized content in outbound reply messages, such as credit-card and Social Security numbers.
  • Both Positive and Negative Security model support.
  • Simplified and Intuitive User Interface.
  • Cluster mode support.
  • High Performance (milliseconds latency).
  • Complete Alerting, Forensics, Reporting capabilities.
  • Web ServicesXML support.
  • Brute Force protection.
  • Ability to Active (block and log), Passive (log only) and bypass the web trafic.
  • Ability to keep individual users constrained to exactly what they have seen in the current session
  • Ability to be configured to prevent ANY specific problem (i.e., Emergency Patches)
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