Website Vulnerabilities and How to Avoid Problems

It might be helpful to first explain, “What is website vulnerability?”  According to Wikipedia, in computer security, website vulnerability is a weakness which allows an attacker to reduce a system’s information assurance.  Information assurance is the practice of managing risks related to the use, processing, storage and transmission of information or data and the systems and processes used for those purposes.  Vulnerability happens when three elements intersect, a system susceptibility or flaw, attacker access to the flaw, and attacker capability to exploit the flaw.

So now that we have the definitions out of the way, how can you determine if your website is vulnerable? Certain website vulnerabilities can be difficult to identify.  Basically if your system is running slow or if something is not working right, you may be vulnerable.

How can you protect yourself and avoid problems of website vulnerabilities? The first and very best way that you can protect yourself from website vulnerabilities is to have vulnerability scanning on your website.  Vulnerability scanning is a daily or quarterly scan performed by an ASV (approved scanning vendor).  They scan your website and system for any of these flaws, or vulnerabilities to help prevent you from having issues with your system.  Vulnerability scanning is required for online businesses by the PCI standards.  It is a must if you want to avoid problems with website vulnerabilities.

So don’t risk your online business.  Get vulnerability scanning so you can avoid problems with website vulnerabilities.

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