Many website developers are focusing too much on the cosmetics of a website, such as the look, speed and ease of access to the site. As a result, developers are not spending enough time writing secure codes and delivering a hard infrastructure, leaving websites and web applications vulnerable to attack.
A recent report noted that in the last three years, nearly 70 percent of the top 100 websites have either hosted malicious content or contained redirects to illegitimate websites.
In the past three years alone, many respected companies and their websites have been targeted by malware. Examples include Sony, RSA and several financial institutions, proving that even the most respected organizations can be compromised.
Thankfully, companies seem to have recognized the need to plug security gaps and the same report estimates that spending on web security will grow at a rate of eight percent between 2011 and 2015.
Businesses are urged to consider real-time analysis and inspection of their web content to ensure that users remain safe.
The use of Web 2.0 services, the need for social media access, and the introduction of an increasing number of new Internet-enabled mobile devices, means that the real-time elements of web protection must consider the requirements of both corporate and social use.
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