8 Web App Security Best Practices to Fight Off Bot Intrusions

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These best practices rely on solid web application security policies. So, make sure you have no wildcards in your policy, such as one that says, "let in all traffic." Second, do not rely solely on signature sets, as you'll be chasing new signatures on a continuous basis. In fact, it's better to spend time upfront whitelisting the good in your WAF or bot detection and mitigation solution rather than continually updating all of the bad that could possibly be thrown at your application.

Finally, the best web application security policies are dynamic. This means you should make it an integral part of QA testing every time you update application code. But with a solid baseline in place from profiling your web applications, this should become as routine as brushing your teeth.

Web applications have become the mainstay of the business world. Whether it's the backend of a mobile app that connects users to your product or your public-facing website, one thing remains the same. Web apps have become just as important in doing business as brick-and-mortar operations. Yet we sometimes overlook the need to secure our online applications.

To complicate matters, we've seen a huge increase in bots, which now make up 61 percent of all website traffic. Cheap cloud computing resources and open source software have enabled attackers to launch bot attacks faster and at a lower cost than ever before. Hackers use bots to uncover website security vulnerabilities – at scale – then spread their attack origins across hundreds of IPs. Bad bots are now the key culprits behind web scraping, online fraud, reconnaissance attacks, man-in-the-browser attacks, brute force attacks and application denial of service.

Securing web apps from the millions of bad bots that attempt to penetrate them each year can seem like a daunting task. John Stauffacher, a world-renowned expert in web application security, and the author of Web Application Firewalls: A Practical Approach, recently sat down with Rami Essaid, CEO of Distil Networks, to brainstorm actionable ways organizations can defend their web applications from malicious bots. The good news is that you can quickly shore up your defenses by following a few simple rules, as well as implementing controls within your application development lifecycle.

 

Related Topics : Unisys, Stimulus Package, Security Breaches, Symantec, Electronic Surveillance

 
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