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The best time to do website security audits

10/27/2015 Dhanur Chauhan 0 Comments

Many people in the business will recommend a third party security audits on an annual basis, and in many instances, it is more than sufficient. This process represents just a periodic check so as to make sure that nothing significant has changed between this security audit and the last, and it will also reveal any security loopholes that may have opened up in the intervening time interval.

Website security audits could be as simple as revealing that the security patches are not up to date on the various pieces of software that any company use. It may also reveal that certain network settings have been changed (sometimes on purpose, and sometimes accidentally) that make it easier for a smart hacker to get inside.

If you are very lucky, this security audit may reveal that you are rock solid and there is nothing to worry about. Though, it is rarely the case because where website security in particular and the network security in general is concerned, there is usually room for further improvement.

There are a few instances where you want to consider more frequent information security audit. Chief among these is if you have been hacked in the past. In this particular example, only plugging the hole (assuming you can find it) and barring the door that the cyber criminal gained entry through is not enough, as while these were "inside," they may have left some means of gaining entry of hackers again later.

Not only this, but in most of the cases, an internet security consultant can help you to get back on your feet again after a data loss, so they are valuable for both their ability to help you stay safe and for their ability to help you recover from the cyber attack itself.

Another most common reason you may wish to have more than just the standard annual network security audit would be if you have had a piece of custom code written for your organization, and it is fairly common.

Unfortunately, cookie cutter, off the shelf software pieces are many times insufficient for a particular needs of company, and when this happens, most of the companies will go out and hire someone to develop a custom application for their company that does what they need it to do.

Unluckily, what can happen in these examples is that some of the lines of the application code in the custom application may unintentionally open up a security hole in your otherwise solid and secure  system. In such cases, having the security code review or source code audited with an eye toward security can help to make sure that the new software does what it is supposed to do, and nothing more. It is a brilliant way to avoid a nasty surprise down the line.