Web application penetration testing is the targeted testing of web applications to uncover security vulnerabilities and potential points of exploitable vulnerability.
Web application testing is important because it highlights vulnerabilities within a web application and allows an organization to remediate vulnerabilities before a bad actor could launch an attack.
The two main types of web app penetration testing are internal and external.
Internal Pen Testing
This testing focuses on identifying potential vulnerabilities within the organization's firewall on web apps hosted on the intranet. Ethical hacking is executed using invalid credentials to access the system and determine the possible damage and route of a possible attack.
External Pen Testing
This type of penetration testing focuses on external attacks on the web applications hosted on the internet. Ethical hackers (pen testers) simulate external attacks using the IP address of the target system, the front and back-end servers, and other web apps hosted on the internet using blind testing, double-blind and targeted testing.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
Our security experts have been doing this since 2008. Learn more about our methodology for Web Application Penetration Testing.
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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