Overview Of Web Application Penetration Testing
The primary objective for a web application penetration test is to identify exploitable vulnerabilities in applications before hackers are able to discover and exploit them. Web application pentesting will reveal real-world opportunities for hackers to be able to compromise applications in such a way that allows for unauthorized access to sensitive data or even take-over systems for malicious/non-business purposes.
This type of assessment is an attack simulation carried out by our highly trained security consultants in an effort to:
- Identify application security flaws present in the environment
- Understand the level of risk for your organization
- Help address and fix identified application flaws
RedTeam Security application penetration testers have experience developing software —not just trying to break it. They leverage this experience to zero in on critical issues and provide actionable remediation guidance.
As a result of our application pen tests, you’ll be able to view your applications through the eyes of both a hacker and an experienced developer to discover where you can improve your security posture. Our consultants produce findings in written reports and provide your team with the guidance necessary to effectively remediate any issues we uncover.
Your developers work day and night to get your applications out to users, hoping to earn your brand a foothold in the digital ecosystem. Yet, it isn’t easy to retain app users. In fact, more than 75% of users fail to return the day after first use. You don’t want to lose more users and more potential revenue to security flaws. Web application security testing can make the difference.
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The items above represent some of the most critical risks to web applications as defined in the OWASP (Open Web Application Security Project) Top 10. The OWASP Top 10 is determined by consensus among top cybersecurity experts from around the world and is widely recognized as a crucial awareness document for all companies whose work involves web applications.
What Is Application Penetration Testing?
Our team looks at both user interfaces and application programming interfaces (APIs) to focus on identifying any exploitable vulnerabilities in applications before hackers discover them.
These tests seek to identify expected functionality, reliability, performance, and security. Penetration testing simulates an attack on the application to determine if any security flaws are present in the environment and understand the level of risk.
How Does Application Penetration Testing Work?
There are several stages in thorough application pen testing methodology. While some of the steps can be done with automation, the best penetration testing combines automated and manual techniques — just as highly motivated hackers will do.
To identify critical application-centric vulnerabilities, our testers will first look to gather information about the app and its environment. Next they will model threats, analyze vulnerabilities, and work to exploit those vulnerabilities. After determining what happens post-exploitation, the testers will provide clear, comprehensive reporting that helps you prioritize next steps for remediation.
Your RedTeam security consultant will produce written findings and provide ongoing support, with unlimited remediation retesting at no additional fee.
Why should I conduct a web application penetration test?
An application or API penetration test can give you valuable insight into the security posture of your application assets so you are able to fix them before hackers are able cause serious damage by exploiting them.
How long does it take to conduct web application security testing?
The overall time depends on the size and complexity of the in-scope application(s). That said, most tests take anywhere from one week to four weeks, start to finish.
To learn more about your scope of work, read our post on Understanding The Complexity Of Your Application For Penetration Testing.
How much does an application penetration test cost?
We get this question a lot and it’s not easy to answer until some level of scoping has been performed. Our scoping process is quick, online and painless. But overall, the complexity of the application will ultimately determine its cost. For example, when determining the work effort, we take the following into account: dynamic pages, API endpoints and requests, user roles/permissions, overall number of pages, etc.
To help us provide you with the most accurate quote, please complete our scoping questionnaire.
What’s the difference between a Penetration Test and a Vulnerability Assessment?
Vulnerability assessments do not involve exploitation while penetration testing goes well beyond a vulnerability assessment and into exploitation and post-exploitation phases. To learn more about the differences between these two services, read our post on Vulnerability Assessments Versus Penetration Testing.