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The OWASP Top 10: Sensitive Data Exposure

Sensitive data exposure is an all too common cyberthreat that endangers businesses and their customers, as well as websites and their visitors. More frequently known as a data breach, sensitive data exposure ranks as one of the top 10 most dangerous cyberthreats by OWASP (Open Web Application Security Project) because of the damage it can do to its victims.  Fortunately, you can prevent this threat from affecting your website – we’ll discuss how sensitive data exposure occurs and ways to keep your visitors’ information safe.

What is the OWASP Top 10?

The OWASP Top 10 is a list of the ten most dangerous web application security flaws today. Sensitive data exposure currently ranks sixth on this list. The purpose of OWASP and the Top 10 is to drive visibility and evolution in the safety and security of software.

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The OWASP Top 10: Broken Authentication & Session Management

Did you know a whopping 113 million websites contain a security vulnerability? That’s approximately six percent of all websites globally. A website vulnerability is a weakness in website code that cybercriminals can exploit to gain unauthorized access to a site—and a mere one vulnerability has the power to impact over 1,000 pages on a single website.

Let’s talk about one of the most common types of vulnerabilities on the OWASP Top 10: broken authentication & session management. Simply stated, broken authentication & session management allows a cybercriminal to steal a user’s login data, or forge session data, such as cookies, to gain unauthorized access to websites.

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