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Attackers Target Web Applications

Cyber attackers are increasingly turning their attention towards Web applications as firms secure other elements of their IT systems, according to an expert. Mike Harris, manager of Ernst & Young’s advanced security centre in Dublin, said that hackers have shifted their attention to Web applications after finding that other systems such as firewalls have become more secure. “Many organisations have learnt their lessons in terms of doing things like configuring their firewalls correctly and updating patches. However, what this has done has driven hackers to try and exploit Web applications,” remarked Harris. Web applications are generally applications such as e-commerce transaction systems, customised CRM systems and desktop programs that have been custom developed by or for organisations. What makes them potentially insecure is that they are usually found on networks and can be accessed by external users such as clients or the general public, which potentially opens up their back-ends. Full Story

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