Innovations that should Characterize Web Security Research and Developments
The amount of security threats caused by web traffic is tremendously increasing on a daily basis. Although there are currently various ways of providing web security, these measures are proving to be insufficient against this rising number of malwares, thus leaving many organizational systems to be exposed to risks which such threats poses. The speed by which these malwares attack legitimate websites have shown the significance of coming up with a strong and secure platform that could effectively protect an organization’s network against these malware risks.
Presently, many web pages visited are characterized by the presence of cookies from other websites. These cookies can also cause insecurity as their purpose is to track where the user goes on the website, targeting the user with advertisements and or establishing the profile of the user’s operations. Developments in web security should therefore, include features that could be employed in preventing such cookies from tracking the user’s information. In essence, the developed browsers should block websites from third parties from leaving information or data in the user’s local storage, cache or database by default. Web security technology also ought to be designed in such a way that they are capable of warning the user in the case when such a site appears to be harmful or fraudulent.
In building of secure websites, it would also be prudent if conventional way of URL filtering, malware filtering, reputation as well as data security are combined in a single platform for effective mitigation of these security risks. A combination of traditional and modern innovative features would assist corporations meet the ever-increasing challenges for the purpose of controlling and securing the web traffic. In integrating and managing a single security appliance, users will be able to enjoy the ownership at a decreased cost. Robust reporting and management instruments will be able to make the administration of these websites easier, and enable control and flexibility.
In accelerating the enhancement of automation in web security, it would also be prudent to incorporate the emerging technologies such as cloud computing in improving the capability of better automating security and therefore, making compliance to be a significant element for a strong web security. Further, such innovations ought to include appliances to monitor traffic and malware scanning engines on such website to detect the malware presence and activities. The integrated traffic monitor so developed should be able to scan the various ports at a high speed in detecting and blocking malware activities. This traffic monitor should be able to detect the movement of these malwares as they occur, even in the case when they try to evade being detected through migration to another IP address.
The developed new security features should facilitate a deeper level of content analysis, an important factor in detecting dubious and mutating malwares (Stuart, and Scambray, 2000, 2). The security systems should include a cache file system, a system that could be able to return the cache web content by way of kernel management, disk and intelligent memory. These would ensure an effective high performance even in the case of massive networks. In addition, the features should also incorporate the extensive logging, which could enable firms to track all traffic on their webs. The developed security appliances should be able to deliver actual historical security data and enable administrators to comprehend the operations of web traffic in a faster way.
Finally, the new web security features ought to be designed in such a way that administrative overhead costs are minimized largely. The appliances should also facilitate easy management and set up with user interface that is intuitive in nature. They should as well offer support for automatic updates, and comprehensive alerting. Such systems should be easily configured and deployed to become aligned with the specification and policies of a particular organization (Steffano, and Ellis, 2000, 554).