Q

The best way to secure a Web site

What is the best way to secure a Web site? Application security expert Caleb Sima says there's no easy way. The best thing to do is to incorporate security in all layers.

What is the best way to secure a Web site (Web server + application server + database server) from external threats? Between, ISA and Cisco PIX, what is the preferred method of protection?
Neither, actually. Those products are there for network layer protection. Some of them will offer some URL filtering on the device, but it will do very basic keyword matching and won't help you much in terms of Web application protection.

The proper way of securing a Web site is actually the hardest way -- secure development practices along with host and database hardening and proper configuration. Take a look at the secure development lifecycle message that a lot of companies are preaching. The methodologies that are taught are the best way of developing a secure Web application. Of course, if you are interested in an appliance, there are Web application firewall products that will do a much better job at protecting you from Web application attacks then ISA or PIX.

==================================
MORE INFORMATION
==================================

* Q&A with application security expert Herbert Thompson: Baking security into the SDLC better than bolting on later

* Tip: How to integrate security into your SDLC

* Featured Topic: Making a case for Web application firewalls

* Ask the Experts yourself: Our application security gurus are waiting to answer your questions.

This was first published in March 2006

Dig deeper on Building security into the SDLC (Software development life cycle)

Pro+

Features

Enjoy the benefits of Pro+ membership, learn more and join.

Have a question for an expert?

Please add a title for your question

Get answers from a TechTarget expert on whatever's puzzling you.

You will be able to add details on the next page.

0 comments

Oldest 

Forgot Password?

No problem! Submit your e-mail address below. We'll send you an email containing your password.

Your password has been sent to:

-ADS BY GOOGLE

SearchSOA

TheServerSide

SearchCloudApplications

SearchAWS

SearchBusinessAnalytics

SearchFinancialApplications

SearchHealthIT

Close