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Benefits of Performing a RedTeam Security Web Application Penetration Test

Companies rely on web applications, APIs, and mobile applications to conduct daily business more than ever. That includes customer-facing applications with functionality to perform automated activities that often use sensitive data like completing a purchase or transferring money from one account to another. Many companies also depend on internal web products to conduct day-to-day business. Developers may use open-source components and plugins when building these web apps, leaving the door open to a possible cyber attack. With so many organizations falling victim to these attacks, companies need to go the extra mile to ensure the proper security controls are in place for their software development life cycle and ongoing web app maintenance. Many businesses think that vulnerability scans are sufficient to maintain or improve their security posture. While vulnerability scans can highlight known weaknesses, web application penetration testing shows you how well they would hold up in a real-world attack by unauthorized users.

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Vulnerability scans typically use automation to detect vulnerabilities in devices attached to the network like routers, firewalls, servers, applications, and switches. The purpose of running a vulnerability assessment is to identify the location of those weaknesses. Relying on vulnerability scans to evaluate web application risks can be less costly for businesses.

Web app penetration testing is more targeted in scope. While vulnerability scans identify threats, a web app pen testing relies on having someone with experience using various tools to mimic a cyber attacker's deliberate acts or the inadvertent actions a user might take that could expose critical information. They try to find the most at-risk entry points into a web application's inner workings.

Thanks to constant technological advancements and our growing dependency on the internet, cyber thieves have an unlimited new frontier of attack vectors to exploit. They move from one website to another, looking for that one security weakness that aids them in their quest.

The ideal time to conduct web application penetration testing would be before a production release. However, schedule pressures often lead to developers deploying applications without putting them through the proper security testing. That can leave security vulnerabilities in these web applications.

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RedTeam Security Web App Penetration Testing Solution

Our RedTeam Security experts have the knowledge and experience needed to strengthen a web app's ability to stand up to inside and outside security threats. With our help, your business can:

  • Find security vulnerabilities in your web environments
  • Highlight potential real-world risks to your organization
  • Help you map out a path toward addressing and repairing any identified application security flaws

RedTeam Security pen testers have backgrounds in software development. They understand the common mistakes developers can make, so they go beyond merely trying to break a web app. Our security professionals use their experience to find critical issues before they become a security crisis.

The following vulnerabilities represent some of the top OWASP security risks to web applications.
  • SQL Injection — Hackers alter the SQL statements used in an application's backend. These SQL injection attacks trick it into executing commands that provide unauthorized access to data.
  • Cross-Site Scripting (XSS) — Applications that execute scripts in the browser receive and run untrustworthy requests. Hackers use those malicious scripts to perform actions like defacing websites, hijacking cookie sessions, or redirecting unsuspecting users to websites where they can steal their information.
  • Broken Authentication and Poor Session Management — Websites typically invalidate cookies for a session once a user closes a browser or logs out of a website. If that invalidation doesn't happen, and the session remains open, hackers can hijack those still-valid cookies and get hold of the sensitive information it contains.
  • Security Misconfiguration — Developers who fail to define the security configuration for a web app properly and related components leave it vulnerable for hackers to gain access to targeted areas that include URLs and input fields.
  • Insecure Deserialization — When data under the control of a user becomes deserialized by a website, attackers can manipulate it by passing harmful information into the source code.
  • XML External Entities Injection (XXE) — Attackers interfere with how a web application processes XML data. Attackers can then view files on the server and access back-end systems on which the web application relies.
  • Broken Access Controls — Users may end up with restricted resources or perform functions outside of their designated roles. That leaves an organization vulnerable to an attack from the inside.
  • Vulnerable Components — Developers may use components in their website that may be out-of-date, susceptible to attack, or unsupported. Hackers gain an opening through which they can steal sensitive information or hijack a company's systems.

During the testing process, our pen testers act as ethical hackers to help companies stop accumulating technical debt from past mistakes. Our goal is to help businesses feel confident going forward with cybersecurity protection offered by RedTeam Security professionals.


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Our Web Application Penetration Testing services include a Dedicated Client Portal, On-Demand Tools, a Research-Focused Approach, and Free Remediation Testing.

At the end of each web app penetration test, we make sure that you receive a full risk analysis, along with guidance on repairing the problems to improve your security posture and prevent further exploitation by hackers.

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Our trusted security professionals hold certifications from the leading industry organizations, including OSCP, CASS, CPT, CISSP and more.

Research-Focused Approach

We hold industry-leading certifications and dedicate part of every day to research the latest exploit techniques to ensure our clients remain protected from evolving online attacks.

Free Remediation Testing

Once your team addresses remediation recommendations, RedTeam will schedule your retest at no additional charge.