Today Erin Gordon spoke at Women In IT for Security B-Sides Orlando 2020 on Paranoia in Web Dev.
It’s not if you get attacked it’s when…Be prepared! Here are our best tips for web development security.

Why Developers are Paranoid

  • Digital hacking is the new form of terrorism since covid
  • There is an attack every 39 seconds on average on the web!
  • Hackers steal 75 records every second!
  • 73% of hackers said traditional firewall and antivirus security is irrelevant or obsolete.
  • On average 30,000 new websites are hacked every day.

How Developers Mitigate Risk

  • Firewalls
  • IP blocking
  • Failed attempt blocks
  • Daily scans and backups
  • Having a web admin that constantly monitors for risk and attacks
  • Separate servers for files, database, and email

Stay Paranoid but Agile

  • Prepare as much as you can and expect the worst
  • Highly recommend Sucuri – they are fast and affordable with cleaning
  • Developers don’t go too far and not allow enough resources to support traffic spikes – causing server crashes or bad load speed
  • Developers do share logins with correct permissions so more than you can work on the website. Hiding logins does not equal job security.