New Research Highlights Need For Server Security - InformationWeek

InformationWeek is part of the Informa Tech Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them.Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.

IoT
IoT
Business/E-Business
Commentary
7/31/2008
09:54 AM
Lamont Wood
Lamont Wood
Commentary
50%
50%

New Research Highlights Need For Server Security

A recent report indicates that trusted sites are actually a major source of Web infectionsmeaning that in too many cases server security has taken a back seat to expediency.

A recent report indicates that trusted sites are actually a major source of Web infectionsmeaning that in too many cases server security has taken a back seat to expediency.The news concerns a 13-page report from Websense Security Labs, a San Diego-based security software firm, which covered the state of Internet security in the first half of 2008. The upshot of the report was that 75 percent of Web sites offering malicious code were not hacker sites but legitimate sites whose servers had been compromised. The rate of legitimate sites offering infections was up nearly 50 percent compared to the previous six months.

The report claimed that 60 of the top 100 most popular Web sites had hosted malware or otherwise been involved in its transmission during the first half of 2008.

The biggest factor appears to be the new-wave highly interactive Web 2.0 sites, which allow users to upload all the data that their hearts desire. Some of this data will inevitably contain malware, or is actually crafted as an infection, and the host is not geared to check for such things.

The report also complained that Web servers are increasingly under attack from persistent cross-site scripting (XSS) and SQL injection attacks, as well as DNS cache poisoning.

Obviously, if the big sites are having so many problems, no one is safe. Anyone with a Web server must take security seriously.

We welcome your comments on this topic on our social media channels, or [contact us directly] with questions about the site.
Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
State of the Cloud
State of the Cloud
Cloud has drastically changed how IT organizations consume and deploy services in the digital age. This research report will delve into public, private and hybrid cloud adoption trends, with a special focus on infrastructure as a service and its role in the enterprise. Find out the challenges organizations are experiencing, and the technologies and strategies they are using to manage and mitigate those challenges today.
Slideshows
What Digital Transformation Is (And Isn't)
Cynthia Harvey, Freelance Journalist, InformationWeek,  12/4/2019
Commentary
Watch Out for New Barriers to Faster Software Development
Lisa Morgan, Freelance Writer,  12/3/2019
Commentary
If DevOps Is So Awesome, Why Is Your Initiative Failing?
Guest Commentary, Guest Commentary,  12/2/2019
Register for InformationWeek Newsletters
Video
Current Issue
Getting Started With Emerging Technologies
Looking to help your enterprise IT team ease the stress of putting new/emerging technologies such as AI, machine learning and IoT to work for their organizations? There are a few ways to get off on the right foot. In this report we share some expert advice on how to approach some of these seemingly daunting tech challenges.
White Papers
Slideshows
Twitter Feed
Sponsored Live Streaming Video
Everything You've Been Told About Mobility Is Wrong
Attend this video symposium with Sean Wisdom, Global Director of Mobility Solutions, and learn about how you can harness powerful new products to mobilize your business potential.
Sponsored Video
Flash Poll