It’s no secret that users and endpoints are great targets for cyber attacks. One errant click, one opened file, one redirect to a malicious website where the user enters valid credentials, and the attacker has all the information he needs to execute an exploit. The primary interface for these attacks, web applications, earned the top spot for attack vectors in the 2019 Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report. What’s more, a new report by Venafi—released just in time for holiday shopping season—revealed that fake retail websites outnumber legitimate sites by 4-1.
Online shopping is easier than ever, and using a mobile device to tackle holiday errands while on the go helps reduce the hassle and hustle of the holidays. That said, these factors combined highlight an important cybersecurity problem: Security teams need better ways to stop attacks at the browser before they reach web applications and propagate, affecting sensitive data or transactions in a substantive way.