The Rise of Third-Party Scripts
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We, like almost all other internet-based businesses, use third-party scripts because they enhance the web experience, are easy to add and modify, promote a consistent web experience and are pre-integrated and maintained by the third parties. In fact, web sites today average 56% third-party scripts (Akamai has 68% third-party).
Source: Security and Frontend Performance, Challenge of Today: Rise of Third Parties, Akamai Technologies and O'Reilly Media, 2017
The Security Challenge
Magecart - a class of credit card hacker groups using new & more sophisticated attack methods has become the "poster child" of third-party scripts attacks.
Because third-party scripts come from a myriad of trusted and untrusted sources in a business's supply chain, the attack surface for web-facing applications has become significantly larger and harder to protect. Sites that use credit card processing are at constant risk - in fact out of the tens of thousands of sites hit with Magecart in the last few years, 1 in 5 victims are re-infected, often within months of the last attack.
Source: Sangine Security, 2018. https://sansec.io/labs/2018/11/12/merchants-struggle-with-magecart-reinfections/
Unfortunately, most application protection solutions today have tried to retrofit existing techniques to prevent third-party script threats using firewall and policy controls. When rigorously applied, this approach can restrict open business practices and the advantage of third-party scripts. And, when applied to loosely, can miss a lot of attacks.
The primary way, security teams keep their scripts clean, is via constant script review and testing... which is really hard.
Source: Symantec 2019 Internet Security Threat Report
Akamai Page Integrity Manager
- Behavioral detection technology constantly analyses the behavior of script execution, in real-user sessions, to identify suspicious, or outright malicious behavior and notify security teams with timely and actionable insights.
- Outgoing network monitoring and script Intelligence: monitor network requests and know what real users are downloading and executing when they interact with your brand to detect potential malicious threats.
- Edge Injection for rapid enablement: Page Integrity Manager is injected at the CDN level, easy to deploy, no code needed.
Akamai will be launching Page Integrity Manager in 2020.
We are inviting customers to participate in a valuable beta project with a working product to help you be protected from malicious scripts.
To learn more, download our Beta Product Brief.
Join our beta program today by contacting your Akamai sales team.