Staying vigilant for online hazards can be a full time job for users who fear threats at every turn during their online browsing session. Unfortunately, too many companies deal with these vulnerabilities only after a security breach has occurred. Spectra Networks endorses a more effective approach which is to be defensive and proactive rather than reactive to threats that seem to come on a daily basis. Here are a few ways for your business to stay ahead of the threats and plan for every contingency in the event of a security breach.
Authentication and Access - Start being proactive by verifying that every user has correctly provided their security credentials such as a password, answers to security questions, or a fingerprint/retinal scan. This confirms that the person who is logging on, is indeed that person. Furthermore, access programs can then confirm authorization that a specific user is allowed to gain entrance to certain files, data, or documents. Access management systems can confirm and control access to sensitive data and make online browsing more secure.
SQL Injections - This common web hacking technique has the potential to destroy your database using an application code to create, read, update, alter, or delete data stored in the back-end database. Protecting against injection is a matter of filtering your input properly and thinking about whether an input can be trusted. Does your business have the proper security systems installed to guard against this threat?
Security Misconfigurations - Misconfigured servers and applications are fairly common as well. Some of the ways that this can happen include: running outdated software, not changing defaults and passwords, having directory listing enabled on the server, or possibly running the application with debug enabled in production.
Encryption - For most business owners, client data such as medical information, credit card numbers, personal information, and even passwords is considered sensitive. This sensitive data should be encrypted at all times, including in transit and at rest. Protecting this data means using HTTPS with a proper certificate and PFS (Perfect Forward Secrecy), as well as not accepting anything over non-HTTPS connections.
Protecting your business online is a top priority here at Spectra Networks. Does your company need assistance identifying potential vulnerabilities and preventing attacks? Call Spectra Networks at at 978.219.9752, or visit our website atSpectra Networks.