Thousands of web applications are available online. They are essential in enhancing a user’s experience when surfing the web, as well as provide a plethora of other benefits such as those that are provided by Adblock, WhereToWatch, Tweetshot, Postify, and many others.
Due to their popularity, however, web app has been one of the top preferences of cyberattacks.
Method of Choice
According to information compiled by Verizon Enterprise Solution, hacktivists favor web applications attack by 61 percent, while organized crime groups rely on web app attacks by 20 percent.
One of the many reasons they chose this route is individuals and companies alike easily adopt web apps due to ease of download, connectivity, fostering collaboration within organizations, conduct research, store data, and smooth out business transactions.
Once an attacker breached a web app, they can then scour for any resources that are linked to an individual or a company. Valuable data such as personal and banking information are often what are sought after.
Attackers can either sell this information in the black market or use it in phishing scams to target larger organizations.
Web App Firewall (WAF)
While it’s often been said that web app firewall is too complex to set up and manage, Qualys Inc. has recently released a new WAF that can do just that.
Introducing the Qualys Web Application Firewall, one of the very first web app security services to coalesce WAF security rules and policies with WAS (Web App Scanning Solutions) data to tackle security threats in this area.
This new product is equipped with virtual patching capacity enabling companies to make specific adjustments that fit their desired outcome, as well false positive removals and rule modifications which take advantage of vulnerability information from the Qualys WAS.
With the growing concern of hackers targeting web apps, vendors in this sector are providing significant funding in devising a web application firewalls that are up-to-date with attackers’ modus operandi. Additionally, research and data are continuously being gathered to incorporate in WAFs further improving its capabilities through the updates which strengthen the product’s effectiveness overtime.
Qualys WAF is also capable of monitoring a user’s web activity; share this information in the web app scanner which ensures that all visited sites are being scrutinized on the next scan.
Where WAF is Headed
There is still a long way to go in order for WAFs to fully provide a near air-tight protection that investors need. As of now, cyberattacks aren’t particularly inclined in targeting mobile devices. A Google report shows that devices allowing app installation from Google Play has a 0.1 percent of potentially harboring harmful applications. Data from Kindsight Security Labs yielded proximal results regarding mobile infection rate.
However, with mobile popularity today, it may not be long before hackers start turning their heads into this platform. Security experts on web apps should be vigilant in this regard. As the medical field is wont to say, prevention is the best cure.