Unlike other corporate in-house applications which are not visible to the public domain, a website is a very open and public facing application and hence very susceptible to a web attack.
Because of its open nature, certain information about it can easily be uncovered.
For starters, information such as the web server’s identity can easily be discovered. This makes the web server an easy target for cybercriminals.
Thus protecting the identity of the web server housing your website is paramount to prevent any external attack via the network.
Secondly, most applications today have predefined methodology and protocols. Its predefined nature in itself is a security vulnerability (i.e login). In this manner, a website is also vulnerable.
To the discerning intruder who knows the application predefined entry points, he/she could gain access to the system by a brute force entry attack.
Thirdly, on some website, exploit codes can be submitted into the database via means of a submission form such as a newsletter sign up.
If the exploit data is stored directly into the web server database, the database itself will be compromised and held hostage. This is a scenario which no website owner wants to find him or herself in.
Fourthly with the additional functionality needed to support the business functions of a website. Frequently, 3rd party application is added on to the core platform. This in itself poses an additional security vulnerability if not properly maintained as they provide another entry point to the cybercriminals.
Lastly getting increasingly common these days are the attacks mounted by ransomware and malware.
These attacks though are not attacks directly mounted on the websites itself. However, they could eventually work its way to the website database.
These endpoint threats too need to be taken into account when defending against any web related attack.
These are but some of the high-level common vulnerabilities of a website. Though you can’t eliminate all the threats as new ones keep coming up, but if do the necessary and keep your website updated, you would be able to minimize the cyber threats.
After all, it takes more effort to hack into a secure website than one that is not secure.
I am a small business owner, no hacker will be interested in hacking my website
A malicious web bot doesn’t know the state of your business. Its primary mission is to look for vulnerabilities on the world wide web and exploited it.
Thus no site is safe.
It is not a question of if but a question of when a web bot comes calling unto your website.
The question is are you ready for it?
Shall we have a conversation, to make you a less than easy target?