Cyber Attacks And Its Effects On The Internet Essay

1573 Words Dec 8th, 2014 7 Pages
Security is one of the most important things to plan for when developing a website. The internet has become a normal part of most people’s lives so it’s no surprise that websites and web applications are often the number one target of cyber attacks. Even the weakest link in a website’s source code could mean trouble for the developers, users and any other party involved. Website breaches can lead to customer loss, stolen data, lawsuits, downtime, fines and possibly a loss of customers. WhiteHat Security stated in its “2013 Website Security Statistics Report” that “86% of all websites had at least one serious vulnerability in 2012” and that the “average number of serious vulnerabilities per website was 56.” In the scenario of security, it is best to exercise precaution instead of fixing the problem when and if it ever arises. Visual Studio 2010 includes many ways to build security into an ASP.NET website or web application. The key to building a secure website is to understand security vulnerabilities and the best ways to prevent them. Microsoft breaks down six categories of threats: spoofing, tampering, repudiation, information disclosure, denial of service and elevation of privilege. Spoofing is basically impersonating a user, typically to commit fraudulent or malicious activity. Spoofing can be prevented with authentication and by keeping credential information in a safe place. Tampering is when a URL or web form gets changed or deleted without authorization. Microsoft…

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