As a cybersecurity services provider based in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Joushen is committed to helping SMBs and fintech startups in the region protect themselves from the ever-evolving cyber threat landscape. In this blog post, we will discuss the top 5 vulnerabilities that most commonly affect these businesses, along with actionable steps to mitigate them.
1. Broken Access Control Vulns
Broken access control vulnerabilities allow unauthorized users to access sensitive data or systems. This can be exploited to steal confidential information, modify data, or take control of systems. Examples of broken access control vulnerabilities include:
- Improper access control lists (ACLs): ACLs define who can access what resources. If ACLs are not configured correctly, it could allow unauthorized users to access sensitive data or systems.
- Insecure direct object references (IDORs): IDORs occur when an attacker can manipulate a URL or parameter to access unauthorized data or functionality.
- Insecure cross-site scripting (XSS): XSS occurs when an attacker can inject malicious code into a website, which can then be executed when another user visits the page.
2. Hardcoded Credentials Disclosed
Hardcoded credentials are passwords or other authentication information that are embedded in an application’s code. If these credentials are disclosed, an attacker could use them to gain unauthorized access to the application or the systems it connects to.
3. Broken Function-Level Authorization
Broken function-level authorization vulnerabilities occur when an attacker can bypass the authorization checks that are supposed to restrict access to certain functions or data within an application. This can be exploited to perform unauthorized actions, such as modifying data or taking control of the application.
4. Rate Limits
Rate limits are used to prevent attackers from overwhelming an application with requests. If an attacker is able to bypass rate limits, they could use denial-of-service (DoS) attacks to make the application unavailable to legitimate users.
5. Insecure Deserialization
Insecure deserialization vulnerabilities occur when an application deserializes untrusted data from an external source. This can allow an attacker to execute arbitrary code on the application’s server.
There are a number of steps that SMBs and fintech startups can take to mitigate the risk of these vulnerabilities:
- Conduct regular security assessments: Regularly scan your applications and systems for vulnerabilities.
- Implement a vulnerability management program: Prioritize and remediate vulnerabilities based on their risk.
- Use secure coding practices: Follow secure coding guidelines to avoid introducing vulnerabilities in the first place.
- Educate your employees: Train your employees on how to identify and report security threats.
Joushen Cybersecurity Services
Joushen is a cybersecurity services provider based in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. We offer a wide range of services to help SMBs and fintech startups in the region protect themselves from cyber threats. Our services include:
- Vulnerability assessments and penetration testing: We can help you identify and remediate vulnerabilities in your applications and systems.
- Security awareness training: We can train your employees on how to identify and report security threats.
- Incident response: We can help you respond to and recover from cyberattacks.
If you are an SMB or fintech startup in Saudi Arabia, we encourage you to contact Joushen to learn more about our cybersecurity services. We can help you protect your business from cyber threats and ensure your continued success.