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Security for your website: Perspective

Security risks are constantly evolving and challenging companies to looks for methods to prevent themselves from falling into the bin. With the era of start-ups when hundreds of new website is being build daily and going live, we also have seen a surge in market in number of companies and individuals who are building websites.

Now the question is should business owners be worried about this? The answer is simple to comprehend. If you have assets of importance or if anything about your site puts you in the public domain then your web security will be tested. The more valuable information present in your database, more likely it is to be targeted. If you have content which has sensitive and financial information which could facilitate fraud, it is going to be target for hackers.

Here is the concern. In spite of growing cyber security concern, the novice web developers are not aware how to handle the security for their customers. Prime focus being the functionality and pace of delivery, it is still not clear how much security has to be put in place. Many firms are still failing to perform the testing to ensure that web applications are secure. One of the main reasons for outlined issue is that web developers are not trained as security professionals to incorporate the security features while designing the web applications. Many a time securities in website are often incorporated after incidents are reported.

Some of the common security concerns to be kept in mind while developing websites are:

1. Three cross site scripting vulnerabilities: A hacker can change the code inside your webpages with a malware downloads.
2. SQL injection to compromise a website: A hacker can change the information on the backend of website which could include content, passwords, user information etc.
3. Time side channel attack: Such attacks could occur at certain times a day as the website is working during vulnerable state.

Some basic design principle which can help secure your web applications are:

• Separate public and restricted areas.
• Use account lockout policies for end-user accounts.
• Support password expiration periods.
• Be able to disable accounts.
• Do not store passwords in user stores.
• Require strong passwords.
• Do not send passwords over the wire in plaintext.
• Protect authentication cookies.

The most secure and hack-resilient Web applications are those that have been built from the ground up with security in mind. In addition to applying sound architectural and design practices, incorporate deployment considerations and corporate security policies during the early design phases. Failing to do so can result in applications that will have compromised security.