Along with the benefits of these capabilities come security vulnerabilities that create dangerous risk and exposure. ISACA issued a new, free white paper which outlines the causes of web application vulnerabilities, examines the associated risk and impacts, and provides advice to mitigate risk. The guidance applies to all types of software development activities.
New web applications are client-server based and platform independent, require less computing power, and can be seamlessly integrated with online resources and services. Their use can result in time and cost reduction of processes, increased customer satisfaction, and increased revenue.
However, web application vulnerabilities open the door to the exploitation of sensitive corporate information, disruption of service and theft of intellectual property. Some common vulnerabilities identified in the white paper include:
- SQL injection
- Cross-site scripting
- Insecure direct object reference
- Information leakage
- Insufficient anti-automation.
Vael continued: “On the contrary, managers tend to push hard to go ahead and launch the web solution(s), even when these are not properly tested. Thus a lot of assumptions and a false sense of trust reigns in many organizations on the security of their web applications, until it is too late.”
The free white paper is available here (registration required).