Web Security

by Andrew H
I read an article this week by Sarah Perez called, “ArmorHub’s Web Security Service Scans For Vulernabilities and Malware, Works Great For Startups As Well As Your Dad.” The article talks about ArmorHub launched a web security service November 15th, mainly for small to mid size businesses and most importantly what she calls the “layperson” which she says is somebody who knows security is important but doesn’t know how to protect or monitor their site. The company was started by the founder of eTacts which sold to salesforce.com and Kendall Dabaghi and their inspiration came from their years of building applications but always wondering in the back of their mind if they have security issues. They decided that they wanted to create a service that everyone can use to check their website for security issues that could be cause by malware, SQL injections and cross-site scripting. Their service is free to use and uses the proactive instead of reactive approach in that they can scan your site and databases as well and tell you if there are an security vulnerabilities in them. If there are you can then fix them yourself if you know how or they can fix them for you at a fee determined between you and the company.

I believe that this article is relevant to what we are learning in class indirectly in that it talks about the importance of website and database security but also showcases a new service that was launched on the fifteenth of this month. I think that it is a very good idea that they would create such a service because many small companies do not have the type of capital needed to hire somebody who can test their system on a regular business. With this service they can scan their businesses sites and databases free of charge and then find out how to repair their vulnerabilities or have them repaired by the company. As I have said before and all of our teachers will tell us security is very important and every measure possible should be taken to secure our databases.

Perez, S. (2012, November 15). ArmorHub’s Web Security Service Scans For Vulernabilities and Malware, Works Great For Startups As Well As Your Dad. Retrieved from techcrunch: http://techcrunch.com/2012/11/15/armorhubs-web-security-service-scans-for-vulnerabilities-malware-works-for-great-for-startups-as-well-as-your-dad/

7 thoughts on “Web Security

  • November 18, 2012 at 6:10 pm
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    This a great article. We always talk about how we should secure our web/database. Most of the time people don’t even notice that they are under attacked by male-ware or virus. This is like a virus protection software and it is free to use which make it betters.

  • November 18, 2012 at 7:57 pm
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    I don’t know man it’s probably legit and all but it feels so much like the all familiar spyware/malware popups you get when you download the “wrong” things. You know those fake ones that go hey you have a virus download our program which is more malware and pay us to fix it for you, or the even funnier ones that are just gif images or something scanning and it saying you have malware or spyware on your computer. Then again this service is done through email so i’d probably use it if I was running a small business, but i’d have my doubts.

  • November 18, 2012 at 7:59 pm
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    This seems like a really interesting technology. I can see how it would be good for a small business that can not afford a dedicated tech support team for their servers around the clock. I’d imagine that it also frees them from having to rely on a company or service such as geek squad if they can find and pinpoint it themselves so that they can fix it or have the company fix it for them. It would be interesting to see how the scan detects and identifies the errors in the systems that it scans. My only concern would be the company itself. It someone (employee or otherwise) figured it out they could use this service to make it easier for them to pinpoint areas of weakness in the server that they could exploit to gain control of the server.

  • November 18, 2012 at 8:29 pm
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    I like the fact that the initial service is free. This is especially helpful to industry professionals who have the know how to fix the issues but aren’t exactly sure what those issues are within their own company. Thanks for the share!

  • November 18, 2012 at 9:30 pm
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    This is a fantastic idea! I agree with everyone what they said about it being a great resource for smaller companies. I used to work at Geek Squad so this would be absolutely amazing. The amount of small business owners that came through the doors to have malware removed was astonishing. Although it was only on the personal computers, there are special agents who go out to businesses and can help with database problems as well. ANYTHING preventative is a good idea.

  • November 19, 2012 at 1:18 am
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    Interesting post, the title grabs my attention right away. Cyber security is definitely worth attention of any kind of business. ArmorHub’s service is free to use. and it is fast as you can just enter your URL and email address, and it can send a report to your inbox. According to the article, it seems pretty well on detecting malware and SQL injections. However, I am not sure how well it can perform. Definitely going to download and try it out since it is free at the moment. Thanks for sharing.

  • November 19, 2012 at 10:14 am
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    It’s great that technology like this is making it seamlessly easier for small business owners to scan for vulnerabilities in their websites. A lot of small business owners don’t expect vulnerabilities to happen on their sites but rather in their computers and systems. This would cut huge costs and eliminate the constant need for technical support people.

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