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Your Guide to the 3 Layers of Website Protection

Of course, it’s difficult to talk about completeness when it comes to information security. Even the professionals need serious resources for comprehensive protection, from architecture to operation, and even then, perfection still isn’t guaranteed. There are no standard web security measures, so every individual builds security depending on their own unique situation. Web security solutions need to fit each company’s IT system. This begins with understanding how a company’s IT system is structured.

 

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What’s the shortcut to website security?

The Three Layers of an IT System: Network, System, Application

Generally, an IT system consists of networks, systems, and applications. Each of these three layers need their own unique level of protection. The networks layer at the bottom of this stack deals with data transfer, while the systems layer (what we know as operating systems such as Windows or Linux) works as a platform that enables the applications layer to operate. The applications layer itself offer protocols and services with many features. Many kinds of server systems are just like this structure, so securing the server means all these three layers are safe.

IT system layer structure

IT system layer structure

Don’t Overlook Web Application Security

Despite the importance of web application security, most companies spend 10 percent on web application security compared to network security. The reason is simple: companies don’t know what to do about web application security. The application layer is technically more complicated and the kinds of applications also vary.

Most security professionals find it difficult to set up a security policy and apply security measures. What we think of as the ‘web’ actually consists of applications. Websites and mobile apps are all applications, and attacks on these also take advantage of the vulnerabilities of applications.

Web attacks such as SQL injection or XSS also target the vulnerabilities of website applications. Malicious code called a ‘web shell’ also consists of a type of web application. The Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP), famous in the web security industry, named 10 web vulnerabilities, all of which are web application attacks.

More than 90% of web attacks target web applications. A web application firewall (WAF) is what protects your website from unwanted visitors. Its role is like a fence. It monitors traffic, detects web attacks and protects your website. What’s important is that it prevents vulnerabilities from being exposed. From the outside shell, it limits access from malicious traffic. Also, it hinders malicious code from being uploaded to your web server.

 

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A Web Application Firewall blocks all sorts of web attacks

If you look into web application firewall solutions, there is a comprehensive yet free solution called Cloudbric. Cloudbric is the most advanced web application firewall, with algorithms that progressively learn from past experience. Go to the top of this page and click to get started with Cloudbric protection for your website!

A DDoS hacker

Who’s Behind DDoS Attacks and How Can You Protect Your Website?

DDoS attacks are increasing in intensity, frequency, and sophistication. So who’s behind DDoS attacks and why do they execute these attacks? What can you do to stop them? Despite all this innovating and evolving, DDoS attacks are still a blunt weapon deployed for one single basic purpose: to make target websites unavailable to users. There is very little else accomplished by a DDoS attack; they won’t gain admin access to your site, and your data isn’t threatened (unless the DDoS is a smokescreen to distract from the real attack). This may be done to disrupt an online business’s finances, or interfere with free speech, or for petty revenge. Or, it can even be done out of boredom or to further a political agenda.

Defend Your Website Against DDoS

A DDoS hacker

A DDoS attack can be aggravating, but who’s behind it?

Anyone could carry out a DDoS attack, so long as they have access to a botnet of enslaved devices that can be coordinated to strike a target. Oh, you mean you don’t have one of those lying around? That’s okay, there are plenty of DDoS-for-hire services known as booters that will do your dirty work.

Last year, the infamous hacking collective Lizard Squad launched the Lizard Stresser, granting DDoS access to anyone willing to pay. And it’s pretty cheap. It starts at $6 per month goes to “lifetime” plans. Anyone can sign up and target any site. Of course, operating this software isn’t exactly legal. Users of Lizard Stresser tend to be young, with a third of investigated users aged under 20.

A lizard

Lizards and websites don’t mix.

Other Reasons for DDoS Activity

A large amount of DDoS activity happens within the gaming community. This is where competitiveness and emotions run high. Both players and platforms make a ripe target. Gaming sites are especially vulnerable, because all an attacker needs to do to make a game unplayable is to slow it down, rather than outright taking it offline. Players might seek vengeance on an opponent in a more meaningful way than teabagging. Or perhaps they just want the notoriety of launching a high-profile attack that everyone’s talking about.Gamers, Hacktivists, and Extortionists

Hacktivism is another common motivation behind DDoS attacks, in which case a DDoS user may simply want to attack an opposing viewpoint. This could be disapproval of an unpopular program, or it could be simply to take down a negative review posted on someone’s website. When the New York Magazine published its cover story on the Bill Cosby scandal, a conveniently timed DDoS attack lost them an estimated half a million page views. The attacker, rather than defending Cosby, took out the magazine website because he hated the city.

New York

Pictured: New York City, not New York Magazine.

A targeted company would receive a message demanding a ransom that must be paid. Otherwise, the website will be taken out by a massive DDoS attack. To show they mean business, the attackers will send out a warning shot DDoS attack of limited power and duration. Some companies pay the ransom to take care of the problem. Or they’ll buy time to upgrade security. However, most security specialists advise against paying off the attackers, as it will expose your site as an easy target and damage your reputation. But perhaps the most insidious use for DDoS tools is to hold websites for ransom. This trend started taking off in the second quarter of 2015, Even this year, financial institutions are increasingly being hit. Groups like DD4BC go after second- or third-tier financial websites, especially new fintech companies with a focus on banking and credit unions, currency exchange, and payment processing.

Cloudbric can help!

DDoS attacks can hit anyone, so it’s best to take measures to protect your website. A web application firewall such as Cloudbric blocks botnet traffic. It disarms attacks by filtering them on the server level, so they’re as harmless as waves washing up on the shore. If your website isn’t already secured against DDoS attack, it’s time to start now. The tide is coming in.

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What Does ‘Website’ Mean to CMS Users?

The definition and concept of website will invariably differ depending on the demographic you’re questioning. Defined literally, a website is a connected group of pages on the internet that use unique addresses and routes on the network, which are based on internet protocols. But who can actually understand this kind of explanation? CMS has become the leading solution to building a website with relative ease, and has become a second home for bloggers worldwide. 

Some of the most widely used CMS tools include WordPress, Joomla, and Drupal. CMS users that depend on these tools must take a closer look at some important issues we will address.

CMS

Chances are you have one of these open right now.

Whereas business owners are going to view websites as a platform for making money, the typical CMS user is thinking more about everyday concepts like social media, news, or the latest baseball game. Whether you’re browsing the news to check out newsfeeds filled with baby pictures and your now happily married friends, chances are your criteria for a good website is going to greatly differ from that of, say, a CEO. Let’s take a look at 3 criteria that the average CMS user might take into consideration when certifying a website as fresh.

1. Content

Well, I think this one is a no-brainer. With the massive amount of available websites providing the latest content, it’s crucial to provide the most engaging and innovative content in order to retain visitors. Let’s face it, people today are extremely lazy and have an attention span of a few seconds. SEO is the name of the game.

Social media has become a huge player today and it’s here to stay due to its ability to provide constant and up to date breaking news from around the world. Sites like Buzzfeed and Upworthy also serve as valuable resources as they compile some eye catching and often times incredible stories to read about.

2. Speed, Ease of Use

Again, back to the short attention span that plagues the current generation. If a website is difficult to navigate or inundated by those irritating popups and ads, chances are users won’t be back. It’s like meeting a potential partner or going in for an interview. The first impression is the name of the game.

If a website takes 5 minutes to load, it’s like being 5 minutes late to an interview. It just shows that you don’t care or you didn’t make the proper preparations. By the way, if you’re still using IE please download Chrome or Firefox now.

3. Active Community

Reddit and Quora are two of the most popular communities around. The beauty of Reddit is that it is built on subreddits. This effectively allows you to navigate straight to the type of content you want to browse. Or you can simply navigate to the front page. Then you can browse the most popular posts regardless of category.

It’s a solid way to keep up with news as well. You can discover things or find an interest in something that you may not even knew existed. This is effective because people don’t want to have to root through irrelevant information (at least to them) in order to access the desired information.

Regardless of Demographic, Everybody Needs Website Security

As a whole, CMS users tend to look at websites in a more laid back manner rather than their strictly business oriented counterparts. However, this doesn’t take away from the fact that website security is of the utmost importance. Many CMS users tend to think that their site is safe since it’s not established or serves as an appealing targets. However, it’s these smaller up and coming sites that are often targeted. This is due to their highly visible vulnerabilities.

Regardless, a web application firewall is a must. Look no further, as Cloudbric is here as your one stop security service to ensure all that painstakingly created content doesn’t fall into the wrong hands. Get started today!