Measuring Severity of Attributes That Create Vulnerabilities in Websites and Software Applications Using Two Way Assessment Technique

Measuring Severity of Attributes That Create Vulnerabilities in Websites and Software Applications Using Two Way Assessment Technique

Swati Narang (Amity Institute of Information Technology, Amity University, Noida, India), P.K. Kapur (Amity Centre for Interdisciplinary Research, Amity University, Noida, India) and D. Damodaran (Center for Reliability, Government of India, Delhi, India)
Copyright: © 2019 |Pages: 12
DOI: 10.4018/JCIT.2019040103

Abstract

Inadequacies and faults that are the reason of vulnerabilities are hazardous for the websites. The authors' chief intention is to trim down those assailon websites by restraining the attributes accountable for these assails. This article categorizes those cases/ attributes into 10 categories and arranges them inpriority according to their severity. These attributes influence which contributes to losses in terms of monetary as well as humanity. By prioritizing these attributes, web designers as well as users will check twice on these aspects before entering confidential information into the website. The opinion of different web designers and experts of different companies was captured to prioritize these attributes using an analytical hierarchical process and two way assessment methods so that the loss should be minimized. Research confirms that total severity measure aids the severities of these attribute's contribution towards vulnerabilities. The findings of the two way assessment technique show that there is only one such attribute which happens to be extremely severe in comparison to other attributes and needs imperative consideration while designing websites and also by users before entering their confidential credentials on a website to curtail the losses caused by black hat guys.
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Impact Of Vulnerability Scan On Websites

Black hat guys or unsavoury people commonly known as hackers have an eye on our information. We can see in the past that educational websites, government sites or personal blogs(almost all types of websites) are the victims of the harms caused by these hackers who exploit vulnerabilities. As we know there are enormous number of websites which are flooded with lots of vulnerabilities, the chances that bad guy will break through the code for his favour increases with each passing day of software release4. Best way to save our self is to try to Hack Yourself First. This will enable us to know loop holes of our websites. Hack Yourself First can only be done by the scanners of websites as there are thousands of transfigurations which can’t be scanned manually. But scanning has its side effects too which can impact our profits. These impacts can also be trivial. Sometimes the scanning causes aperture to attacks while on other times the websites are itself faulty but our main concern here is not to find who is at fault but rather to find ways so that we remain the driver of our website not the bad guy. Precautions are taken for risk reduction due to the harms caused by scanner.

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