configuration monitoring

A hacked website is a disaster for any business. But it’s not always easy to know exactly when a hacker has targeted you. In fact, it’s often not until a few days or weeks later that you spot the google blacklist or evidence of malware. That’s where CyberAlpha’s Website Configuration Monitoring comes in.

What you need is something that tells you the minute your website has been compromised.

We provide peace of mind by flagging and reporting any changes to your website, allowing you to catch the hackers before they can damage your reputation.

We’ll start by explaining few of the common ways that a hacker can try to hijack your website.

DNS Hijacking

A DNS is a piece of software that converts “domain names” (like to IP addresses (a string of numbers that a computer can read). Think of it as the internet’s phone book.

Most of the time you don’t need to think about a DNS. It works away in the background, making sure that people arrive at the right website when they go online.

But hackers can use a DNS to redirect a user to the wrong site. Often these redirected sites are malicious, set up to display unwanted ads or even steal personal data. As you can imagine, this can have serious consequences in terms of lost revenue and even legal liability.

Mailserver Hacking

If you’ve ever received a spam email, someone’s mailserver somewhere has been hacked.

Hackers love to target email servers, because it’s then incredibly easy to send unwanted or malicious emails to everyone in the address book. In the worst cases, it even allows them to read incoming or outgoing messages. For companies that handle a lot of client data, this can be incredibly damaging.

Despite their best efforts, even well-known companies and individuals get hacked. According to the Wikipedia page on email hacking, Sarah Palin, George Bush Snr and Sony Music were all victims.

FTP Exploitation

File Transfer Protocol (FTP) is a way to move files between computers on a network. It’s very popular and normally very safe.

However, hackers will often attempt to exploit it. In fact, as recently as three years ago, the FBI warned companies that cybercriminals were targeting medical companies in order to steal confidential data for blackmail purposes.

An unauthorised FTP change is often an indication that someone is trying to access your website.

How Does Configuration Monitoring Help?

Configuration Monitoring acts as an “early warning system” for detecting attempts to hack your website.

Instead of just monitoring for the results of a hack (popups, malware, redirections) we also monitor the configurations themselves:

  • DNS settings
  • Mailservers
  • FTP

As soon as any configuration is changed without authorisation, you receive an immediate alert. You can then go in and shut down the hackers before they have a chance to harm your website.

Configuration monitoring provides complete peace of mind for founders, CEO, DPOs and CTOs.

Website Configuration Monitoring is just one of the ways we keep your website safe. To learn more, please get in touch.