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Why Web-Based Businesses Should Automate Their Content Security Policy

For decades, the cybersecurity industry has emphasized the need to protect the server or back-end side of a business to ensure smooth IT operations and protect overall business and data integrity. that she stores.

However, for companies whose models are centered around the use of websites and web pages that require customer input, it is the true client side of the business and user browsers that are now just as much in the crosshairs of forward-thinking CSOs and CISOs.

These leaders, at the most fundamental level, need to keep their businesses safe from cybercriminals looking to take advantage of client-side vulnerabilities as well as a traditional content security policy (CSP) that lacks automation. necessary to provide adequate protection.

Security protocols

Just as a commercial pilot would never use the “set it and forget it” approach to flight path or flight operations, the security position of a corporate website must also be continuously monitored for any change or action needed. Pilots have a constant stream of new passengers arriving on board who need to be thoroughly screened. They need to make sure the systems are working properly, and they need to be trained on how to react and remedy any problems that may suddenly arise.

Website traffic is similar in that it welcomes a never-ending stream of new users. Additionally, changes and improvements are always being made, and it should provide IT and development staff with an avenue to easily rectify potentially dangerous actions that need to be addressed. Essentially, like an airline, web-based businesses know they need to keep their passengers safe, their engines running, and avoid a host of mistakes that could lead to delays, unhappy customers, or worse.

Continuing this flight analogy, it would never be possible for a pilot to manually (much less continuously) monitor all of an aircraft’s critical systems without the aid of purpose-built sensors and computers. They pass their pre-flight security check which rarely, if ever, changes, and, if all is up to par, the aircraft is ready to go – but only with the knowledge and peace of mind that a highly sophisticated aircraft runs in the background and notifies pilots of anything that might need their attention.

The case for automation

Client-side security of large enterprise web pages clearly requires automation. After all, today’s cybersecurity solutions, even for the server side of an enterprise, harness the power of AI, machine learning, and various automated tasks to provide continuous protection. Client-side security did not previously benefit from the same level of innovation until recently.

The constant media reports of stolen user information continue – and this is driving demand among CSOs and CISOs to understand what needs to change and why. They learn that front-end security is about solving a major problem: Without continuous visibility into what’s going on, you don’t know what you don’t know. Scary, but fixable.

It turns out that the content security policy frequently used by web-based businesses is too often positioned in the minds of IT staff as a single generic step that is simply taken to add basic levels of security to a website. It’s not that simple, far from it. A CSP can be operated as a dynamic tool, but it also needs to be audited to see what policies are working and not working. It should also work properly if new plugins are added etc.

Front-end systems often use many thousands of scripts which are gathered from many third-party, fourth-party or even fifth-party sources. For this reason alone, they cannot be trusted instantly. But due to the large number of scripts used, an automated system must be in place because it is absurd to think that any human would actually or systematically be able to review or optimize the sheer volume of scripts.

What a CSP aims to find out

One of the main things identified by a CSP is insecure scripts. These scripts can enable cybercriminals to successfully conduct point-of-sale (POS) skimming attacks, which are growing in popularity, as well as other similar types of attacks such as cross-site scripting (XSS) and web-based attacks. JavaScript injection.

When third-party scripts are modified or new trackers or marketing plugins are used, there is an opening for attacks. CSPs should make it easier to track violations of CSPs, initiate corrective actions, and help staff refine policies. If a script should not access certain assets and tries to do so, red flags appear and attacks can be avoided in the future.

By continually crawling a website and acting like a real user, an automated CSP approach can effectively assess scripts, data, and what they do, all before it’s too late. Unlike the nearly impossible task of manually managing a large-scale CSP, an automated approach can allow for initial analysis, policy creation, emulation testing, policy enforcement, violation reporting, and policy tuning. in moments instead of months or more.

This greatly simplified management and monitoring of a CSP creates a much more robust security posture for the client side of a business. Throughout the creation of bespoke CSPs, day-to-day management, and real-time policy optimization, IT staff not only tackle this growing client-side threat, but free themselves up to more easily help their core business, while helping to maintain a superior customer experience that emphasizes security – a differentiation that sets their company apart from the competition. It’s another way to help website visitors enjoy their “ride” with confidence.