Drupal Security Audit & Why It’s So Important

A Drupal security audit is a vital part of maintaining a healthy website — but web development teams should always be proactive, never reactive, in order to maximize client satisfaction and digital safety.

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Think of it like maintaining your car. If you wait until something serious happens — like a car accident — to make necessary changes then you will end up paying more to fix major damages compared to getting a yearly check-up.

It’s about proactivity, everyone.

Our highly experienced Drupal security team includes developers with backgrounds in e-commerce, Drupal migration and System Administration/Networking that know what to look for in terms of Drupal security.

In some cases, a Drupal security audit can inform important decisions, such as a platform/ server move, or a site rebuild, or Drupal reconfiguration. It takes an expert that is familiar with Drupal best practices to find any major concerns.

And our team takes all precautions to ensure you don’t have to spend the money to handle that car-accident-level of website hack. And for good reason. The average price for small businesses to clean up after a website hack is $690,000 — for middle market companies, it’s over $1 million.

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Now that you are sufficiently prepared for the cost of a reactive web development team, the question is:

What exactly should Drupal security experts look for during a security audit?

  • Code Overview: Security experts will take the time to get a comprehensive understanding of the structure and organization of modules, as well as custom coding involving PHP or Javascript. The most vulnerable websites normally involve a high percentage of custom code that has been poorly written, leaving it open to security holes. In big projects, where several different developers work on the code, it’s quite common to see variations in structure due to the lack of a style guide.
  • Code Review: We recommend using Atom.io to find extensive uses of bad coding practices. This program allows a developer to execute line-by-line to understand where you may have issues. It is also a useful tool for debugging code.
  • Site Audit Script: The Site Audit module offers a look at website health Some of the features include reports on the Cache, Database, Extensions and Security, and more. The Security reports looks for more common security exploits such as malicious menu router items.
  • Inspecting Patched Modules: Our Security & Monitoring Packages include automated testing processes and patch monitoring for Drupal releases in order to ensure all Drupal modules are standards-compliance. This holistic approach utilizes our versatile team because when providing Drupal support it’s important to identify which contributed modules have been altered by developers after the official version was added to the codebase. Our rigorous process allows us to determine exactly which lines of code have been changed in any altered module to ensure we find a targeted solution.
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