In the past decade, millions of people have used the Web to communicate and conduct business with their customers. This includes the use of web-based apps that gather and store data including customer information provided through content management systems, shopping carts and inquiry forms and login fields.

Because these applications are Internet-facing and frequently accessible from anywhere in the world They are at risk for attacks that exploit weaknesses in the application’s infrastructure. SQL injection attacks that exploit weaknesses in databases, can cause damage to databases that store sensitive data. Attackers can use the foothold they gain by breaching your Web application to identify other, more vulnerable systems in your network.

Other popular Web attacks include Cross Site Scripting attacks (XSS) which exploit flaws in the web server to inject malicious code into web pages, it executes as an infected code in the victim’s browser. This allows attackers to access private information or redirect users to phishing websites. Web forums, message boards, and blogs are particularly susceptible to XSS attacks.

Hackers collaborate to overwhelm websites by sending more requests than the site can handle. This can cause the page to slow down or even stop functioning altogether in a way that hinders its ability to handle requests and render it inaccessible for all users. DDoS attacks can be devastating for small businesses like local bakery or restaurant that rely on their websites to run.