To your customers, your website is the gateway to your products and services. But in the eyes of cybercriminals, it’s an entry point to your sensitive data. Without proper protections in place, attackers may be able to exploit your site’s vulnerabilities and gain unauthorized access, resulting in detrimental repercussions for your business.
In today’s world of ever-evolving security risks and hacking techniques, it’s not enough to set and forget the security measures you put in place to protect your site. What was once considered a foolproof security best practice may become penetrable by hackers tomorrow. Additionally, any new features and services you add to your site could inadvertently come into conflict with or override existing security protocols without your knowledge. Routine monitoring and testing is required to ensure your walls of defense continue to stand strong over time.
So what do you need to monitor for specifically? Here are 3 common security issues that should be on your checklist.
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SSL and TLS certificates ensure that your customer’s data is transmitted safely with encryption. Over time, consumers have become more conscious of what makes a site safe and know to look for the lock icon in their browser’s address bar which indicates a site has a valid certificate and is secure.
Once they’ve installed an SSL or TLS certificate, many website owners think their job is done. However, depending on the duration of the certificate you purchase, it could expire in as little as 1 year. If you forget to renew or the credit card you paid with expires, your certificate will become invalid and your site will be flagged as not secure. Being proactive about keeping your site’s certificates up-to-date is a simple but pivotal step to protecting your customer’s data.
By using stronger cipher suite versions, you make it more difficult for an attacker to eavesdrop on communications and avoid having to address vulnerabilities caused by less secure versions. Focusing on the version and using modern encryption is the easiest way to avoid multiple vulnerabilities down the road.
Additionally, shared certificates can pose a major risk if you don't trust that each listed domain is protecting the private keys. In general, you shouldn’t use certificates shared with out-of-scope domains.
HTTP security headers are a subset of HTTP headers that can increase your website’s defense against common attacks like cross-site scripting (XSS) and clickjacking. Most modern browsers are built with some protections against these kind of attacks, but these settings can be turned off by default. By including HTTP security headers, you can force additional protections to be enabled and avoid vulnerabilities.
FortiOS, the Fortinet network operating system, is the heart of the Fortinet Security Fabric. This operating system, or software, is at the core of the Security Fabric and ties all components together to ensure a tight integration across an organization’s entire Fabric deployment.
Ask a group of security analysts about the challenges of working in cybersecurity, and you’ll likely hear some common themes....
In order to stay competitive and reduce costs, smart enterprises are constantly on the hunt for disruptive ways to leverage technology. They’re moving towards hybrid IT environments because they recognize the benefits of faster implementations and high cost savings that come with moving from on-premises to cloud-based applications and infrastructure.
In the decades since “cloud computing” first achieved buzzword status, its benefits have been widely proven. And now that the shift to both dynamic work environments and digitized customer experiences has rapidly accelerated, migrating these applications to the cloud is more important than ever.
Organizations are rapidly adopting digital innovation (DI) initiatives to accelerate their businesses, reduce costs, improve efficiency, and provide better customer experiences. Common initiatives involve moving applications and workflows to the cloud, deploying Internet-of-Things (IoT) devices on the corporate network, and expanding the organization’s footprint to new branch locations.
There’s a lot of truth to the statement that all companies are technology companies. After all, the core focus of a technology company is to deliver software, whether internally to empower the workforce or externally to serve customers. Technology companies also maintain servers to create, collect, store, and access data—which is now the norm for organizations worldwide, whether public or private, commercial or enterprise.
The drawbacks of passwords are well known – simply put, they can be hard to remember, easy to hack and a general nuisance for both end users and security personnel. However, passwords remain a staple of many organizations’ security frameworks, despite the fact that the cybersecurity industry has been calling for the death of passwords for nearly 20 years now.
Retail banking includes traditional players such as brick-and-mortar banks that operate at community, national, or even international levels. It also includes many new players, such as challenger banks that only operate online, financial technology companies (FinTechs), and nonfinancial companies seeking to disrupt the status quo and compete for market share, such as Amazon, Apple, and Facebook. Unlike traditional banks, these new players are often digital natives that bring some strategic “big-tech” advantages to serving customers in an increasingly online world.
Device trust is the process of analyzing whether a device should be trusted and therefore is authorized to do something. It’s critical that the devices accessing company data are trustworthy. Determining which devices should be trusted is a unique decision made by each organization depending on their risk tolerance and compliance requirements.
The world of Identity and Access Management (IAM) is rarely controversial. But today, there is a battle brewing in how we-as an industry-talk about customer-facing use cases for IAM. The world of Identity and Access Management (IAM) is rarely controversial. But today, there is a battle brewing in how we-as an industry-talk about customer-facing use cases for IAM. Many are starting to refer to this as Customer IAM or Consumer IAM, both abbreviated as CIAM. CIAM does have some unique requirements. But that does not mean that you must use a product that only focuses on CIAM. Okta’s approach is to offer a broad IAM cloud service with a strong foundational platform and functionality that enables CIAM use cases—we believe ultimately a better long-term choice.