Cheat Sheet for Business Website Security Testing
3rd May 2019
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Website security is an area of concern for website owners across various business verticals. When an individual or company plans on creating their business website, the security of their website content, data and other information related to their customers is one of their top priorities. After employing the various security strategies and measures, it is essential to make sure those security initiatives are doing their job well.

 

Testing of the website is important as it is the responsibility of the website owner to ensure that the customer data or any other sensitive data related to the website is not compromised in case of a potential cyber attack or an attempt to steal information.  A security breach leads to serious damage to the reputation of the website in addition to the loss of data and information of course.

 

So, if you are a business website owner, who has invested into planning the security of your site and wish to test it, go ahead and follow our lead to ensure a proper testing routine for your website.

 

  • Vulnerability Analysis

 

   The very first step towards the process of testing is to identify the potential weaknesses that your website might have. It is a good way to begin. The website’s security systems are analyzed, and loopholes are found that may be vulnerable spots for an attack.

           

     An essential step is to get an SSL certificate for your website. An SSL certificate is used to protect the data on a website. They are small data files that digitally use a      cryptographic key to encrypt details related to an organization or business’s website. Once it is installed on the web server, it activates the lock and then the         HTTP secure protocol which allows secure connections between a web server and a browser. It is best to use an EV SSL Certificate.

           

    An extended validation certificate is the top SSL certificate available today. The verification process includes an identity verification process for the owner of the website. The identity thus obtained is a part of the issued certificate. These certifications have good visibility in the address bar. They are shown with a lock symbol along with the verified company and country name which appears on the address bar in green color. This certificate provides a top-notch security reputation to the customers and helps build a trust relationship with them. It also prevents phishing attacks on your website and uses a higher and more trustworthy identity assurance to the website owner.

 

  • Regular maintenance

 

   Creating a routine for testing and maintaining your website is a good way to ensure that your website is secure. Regular updates and upgrades can be scheduled for different websites. These make sure that all plugins, add-ons, extensions,          applications, software related to your business website are running with the latest available version. Regular update and upgrade routines also prevent a case wherein you forget to timely update the software and give the attackers an attack window to take advantage of security loopholes and launch an attack on your website.

  

  • Testing tools

 

     There are a number of open source security tools that can be used to test the security of your website. These testing tools automate the testing process making it easy for the business website owners to monitor and analyze. Rather than manual testing, these tools have set routines to test the website for various security aspects. This also ensures the website undergoes high-level security testing. Today,           there are various open source tools available in the market for testing the security of your website. We have listed a few down below for your reference. Whichever of these works best for your website can be deployed.

 

Vega, ZED Attack Proxy (ZAP) ,Wapiti, W3af, Iron Wasp, SQLMap, Google             Nogotofail,  BeEF (Browser Exploitation Framework), Grabber, Final Word and         cWatch Comodo are some of the popular and most used vulnerability scanners and security testing tools available on the internet for website owners to use for their           websites.

 

  These tools employ different approaches to look for vulnerabilities. A few of the security testing tools target the website database and test it for common yet damaging attacks like SQL injections, different blind attacks like time-based blind or boolean-based blind or cross-site scripting attacks. Other tools test the site for website traffic management and check whether the website is capable of handling        DDOS attacks or man in the middle attacks. Some tools test the website for browser-centric attacks or false positive or false negatives. Many of the tools check for multiple vulnerability aspects and use various testing parameters to make sure each kind of vulnerability is looked into and tested.

 

  • Malware Cleanups

 

       Malware cleanup routines are a pretty good way to test the website for security.       These testing procedures are an effective way to spot malicious or suspicious entities which can potentially harm your business website. The faster these entities are found, the better as they can avert a future cyber attack on the website. Again,        there are a bunch of software and tools available on the internet to detect malware lurking in or around your website. Be sure to use trusted software and give a lot of weight to the online communities and go through reviews before trusting any malware detection software.

 

So, having reached this point in the article, we assume that you went through all the cheat points provided by us in the website testing domain. Once these points are implemented be rest assured that your business website is ready to be launched into the cyber world and is capable of withstanding the common, yet devastating attacks launched by cyber attackers.

 

Make sure to utilize the power of the internet to the fullest and garner more and more attention of the customers. Always remember, the more secure your website is, the more trustworthy it is. The more your customers trust your website, the more time and resources they invest in your website. The more your customers engage with your website, the better the business!

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