As a high-flying company with a heavy online presence, despite having firewalls, VPNs, and other Internet security systems in place, your online presence might still be vulnerable to cyberattacks or a hack.
E-commerce websites and web applications contain shopping carts, forms, login pages, dynamic content, and other bespoke applications. These are designed to enable website visitors to retrieve and submit dynamic content most of which are personal and sensitive data (physical addresses and credit card details).
So, if your web applications however are not secure, your entire database of sensitive information will be at serious risk. To substantiate this, a Gartner Group report showed that 75% of cyber-attacks are conducted at the web application level.
So, how would you know if you are vulnerable?
By conducting a scan to see where the vulnerabilities lie. They could be on your website(s), network, your mobile apps, or exist simply through the way your developers are writing their code.
Reports reveal that up to 70% of websites out there are exposed to cyberattacks.
One way to check for vulnerabilities is by Web Penetration Testing or Ethical Hacking – the practice of testing a computer system, network, or web application to find security vulnerabilities that an attacker could exploit. Penetration testing can be automated with software applications or performed manually by hackers.
Some of the most common hacking methods include SQL Injections (attacking your database), Cross-Site Scripting (XSS), Insecure Direct Object References, and Cross-Site Request Forgery (CSRF).
There are a number of (software) tools to carry out online security scanning but one that stands out is Acunetix – an all-in-one scanner.
Acunetix is a cloud-based (and on-premise) digital security solution that assists security analysts with data protection, manual testing, and compliance reporting. Founded in 2005, it is designed to scan websites, apps, and networks and identify vulnerabilities that can compromise them.
Take a few minutes to watch this 3-min video that illustrates the need for regular scanning of your sites, network, and mobile apps.
Other salient features offered by the software are site crawling and analysis, threat detection, SQL injection testing, network scanning, and testing. Its vulnerability scanner crawls through open-source software and custom-built applications using black box and grey box techniques. In addition, with Acunetix’s network security module, users can test routers, firewalls, and switches and detect misconfigurations.
Naturally, Acunetix creates reports* that enable you to share security findings internally with management as well as with regulatory bodies. These documents include compliance reports such as PCI DSS, OWASP Top 10, ISO 27001, and HIPAA.
Here is a summary of what Acunetix can do for you:
One distinguishing feature separating Acunetix from other pen-testing tools apart from its blistering quick speed is that it is all-inclusive and comes equipped with an application programming interface (API) that enables you to integrate it with your workflows and processes while developing your apps and websites.
How to get Acunetix
Acunetix is offered on a one-time subscription basis and support is provided via phone and email.
It is available in three packages: Standard, Premium, and the ‘Xbox sounding’ Enterprise version called Acunetix 360. The annual cost starts from €3,685 (for 5 targets) for the standard version depending on the number of targets (URLs or apps) you need to scan.
For smaller businesses and start-ups, you can also download the free Acunetix Manual Pen-testing tool here – naturally, this offer comes with basic/limited functionality.
The services of Acunetix are vital for almost every industry that has an online presence. It is trusted by customers from the most demanding sectors including many Fortune 500 companies. We currently have a major German consumables retailer conducting a Proof of Concept (POC) with us for over 2000 of their sites.
Debunqed is one of a few authorized resellers of Acunetix in Germany with access to quick and brilliant tech support. Apart from licensing, we operate as the first point of support contact if you are looking for a state-of-the-art web scanner.
We also use it to secure our website and have found one critical vulnerability to date – we have corrected it and are confident our website is safe for the sake of our integrity and the protection of our client’s data.
Go ahead and request a demo here to start your journey into a vulnerability-free online experience!
*The compliance reporting feature is only available with the Premium versions.