10 Ways organizations make attacks easy
What do cybercriminals love? (Mostly themselves, but that is beside the point.) They love organizations that have unmitigated risks in their web applications and application program interfaces (APIs). With the entire world connected via the internet, the easiest and quickest way for threat actors to infiltrate your systems or steal customer data is through web applications. Basically, everything from the code used to build the application or the API used to connect things to configurations and authentications are fair game.
The top 10 web application security risks cybercriminals love
The areas most often targeted for attack can vary and may change frequently as cybercriminals invent newer and more stealthy ways to worm their way into systems. According to the OWASP, the 2021 Top 10 Web Application Security Risks are:
- Broken Access Control
- Cryptographic Failures (Sensitive Data Exposure)
- Injections (including Cross-site Scripting)
- Insecure Design
- Security Misconfigurations
- Vulnerabilities and Outdated Components
- Identification and Authentication Failures
- Software and Data Integrity Failures
- Security Logging and Monitoring Failures
- Server-side Request Forgeries
Most common attack types
Based on the risks listed above, criminals are most likely to employ the following attack types in their bid to infiltrate systems or steal sensitive customer credentials:
Client-side attacks (data breaches and credential compromise)
Client-side attacks include formjacking, credit card skimming, and Magecart attacks. Cybercriminals use client-side attacks to steal information directly from customers or other website users as they input information into websites. Stolen data includes credit card information and personally identifiable information (PII).
Vulnerable application attacks (Unpatched bugs/vulnerabilities and legacy applications)
Automated attacks (Bots and DDoS)
Threat actors use automated techniques, such as botnets and distributed denial of service (DDOS) for attacks that include credential stuffing, content scraping, ticket/product scalping, gift card abuse, and business interruption.
Protect your organization from the risks and attacks that cybercriminals love
There are purpose-built solutions that safeguard organizations, consumers, and internet users from the very things that criminals love to use to their advantage. Two tools that are a part of AT&T Managed Vulnerability Program from Feroot provide client-side application security solutions. These tools are:
Feroot Security PageGuard—Based on the Zero Trust model, PageGuard runs continuously in the background to automatically detect the types of unauthorized scripts and anomalous code behavior found in client-side, application, supply chain and automated attack types. If threats are detected, PageGuard blocks all unauthorized and unwanted behavior in real-time across the organization. PageGuard also automatically applies security configurations and permissions for continuous monitoring of and protection from malicious client-side activities and third-party scripts.
Feroot Security Inspector—In just seconds, Inspector automatically discovers all web assets a company utilizes and reports on their data access. Inspector finds all security vulnerabilities on the client-side and provides specific client-side threat remediation advice to application developers and security teams in real-time.