Learn why it's important to use a website vulnerability scanner to protect your business against web-based cyber attacks.
An excellent way to combat web-based cyber attacks is to perform vulnerability scanning on your website. Here’s what you need to know about what a website vulnerability scanner is and why you should use one to secure your site.
A website vulnerability scanner is an automated software designed to search for security vulnerabilities in a website. It scans for web vulnerabilities within web services, web servers, proxy servers, or web application servers. Website vulnerability scanners are dynamic and language-independent. They are also referred to as web application scanners, web app scanners, web vulnerability scanners, or just vulnerability scanners.
Website vulnerabilities are weaknesses or holes in a website or a web app that can be exploited by hackers and cyber attackers. Some common website vulnerabilities that can be detected by a website vulnerability scanner are:
Malicious users can easily take advantage of web vulnerabilities to steal data, jeopardize user identities, access confidential files or information, spam the site, inject codes, or even take over the server.
Websites are attacked thousands of times per year; in fact, half of all website visitors are bots. If these attacks are successful, the damage they can inflict on a company’s reputation and financial standing can be massive. So, for every company maintaining a website or web application, understanding and preventing website vulnerabilities is critical.
Periodic web vulnerability testing will enable you to repair your security weaknesses before cyber attackers get the chance to exploit them.
The website vulnerability scanning process typically works in the following manner:
Here are a few essential qualities that you should look for in a website vulnerability scanner:
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