Website security is a big issue for many developers. Gone are the days when websites were simply designed for pleasure, i.e. catching up on movie stats. Nowadays they are used for advanced business functionality, including banking and core business functions.
Yet, securing websites can be extremely challenging. Sensitive data can be subject to attacks, especially data breaches and hackers. Developers are often up against deadlines, which mean that they simply don’t have the time to think about the entire lifecycle of security.
Best Practices for Securing Websites
To ensure that your websites are not vulnerable to hackers and other outside attacks, follow these best practices.
- Don’t Rely on Device Security: Many developers don’t built-in security. Instead, they rely on the mobile device or platform security. Developers should avoid doing this at all cost. Data stored on mobile devices stays within the internal memory for an extremely long time even if it is supposed to be deleted. This data can be easily recovered by third-parties.
- Secure All Data: Sensitive data should never be available within the website in plain text. It should always be encrypted and password protected. The same goes for data transmission over any network. Encryption is a key component to reducing data breaches.
- Create Internal Standards: Every organization should create security standards that everyone in the development stages must understand and adhere to. Someone should be appointed to enforce these standards through every development stage.
- Testing: With the emphasis on getting product out the door, testing often is either done in a perfunctory way or not at all. Yet, testing is a must to ensure that there are no bugs or defects in the design and implementation, and to verify that hackers cannot access the website via a missed loophole or other vulnerabilities.
- Regular Updates: Even if everything has been properly done throughout the design, development and deployment stages to ensure that it’s properly secure, developers still need to regularly release security updates and patches.
A list of the top 10 OWASP vulnerabilities can be found here. Best practices should be followed to ensure that your websites are secure throughout the process. If you need assistance with the testing phase, outsourced QA could greatly assist your internal efforts.