CMS Security Handbook by Tom Canavan

By Tom Canavan

Learn how to safe sites equipped on open resource CMSs

Web websites outfitted on Joomla!, WordPress, Drupal, or Plone facesome detailed safeguard threats. should you re answerable for oneof them, this entire protection consultant, the 1st of its kind,offers specific assistance that can assist you hinder assaults, developsecure CMS-site operations, and fix your web site if an assault doesoccur. You ll examine a robust, foundational method of CMSoperations and defense from knowledgeable within the box. * an increasing number of sites are being outfitted on open resource CMSs,making them a favored aim, therefore making you weak tonew kinds of assault * this can be the 1st finished consultant curious about securing themost universal CMS systems: Joomla!, WordPress, Drupal, andPlone * presents the instruments for integrating the website into businessoperations, development a safety protocol, and constructing a disasterrecovery plan * Covers internet hosting, deploy defense matters, hardening serversagainst assault, constructing a contingency plan, patchingprocesses, log evaluation, hack restoration, instant issues, andinfosec policy

CMS safety guide is a necessary reference foranyone accountable for a website outfitted on an open resource CMS.

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Check the dates to see when it was last updated. A good recovery plan should be updated every six months, and no more than year should pass between updates. The reason is that new threats arise all the time. Changes in your business, your systems, and your personnel are always in flux. Capturing those changes quarterly or semi-annually keeps a surprise away when you need the plan. Items you want to look for (also known as deltas) are things that can sneak up on you because they changed or were added without your knowledge.

As of this writing, spam was circulating that informed recipients that the government had rejected their electronic tax payment. The spam looks very official and important. It directs recipients to a link that then collects all their information to complete the payment process. Of course, it is a scam used by hackers to steal personal information. indd 5 3/25/2011 8:01:55 PM 6 Chapter 1 n Introduction to CMS Security and Operations Amazingly, many people still fall for this advanced form of scam.

The attacker could also use a tool such as NSLOOKUP (which you will learn more about shortly) to learn about the DNS information of your website. Physical location — If you have a physical building, an attacker might dig in the garbage can for tossed-out knowledge. This could include customer lists, internal memos, “media” (such as CDs), and more. If the attacker wants to gain access to your operations, he or she may pose as an insider via phone. Having access to all this and other tidbits of information such as employee names, products you make or sell, and more could allow the attacker to fool someone.

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