Application Vulnerability Assessment

We examined three general classes of products for this Group Test: web application vulnerability assessment tools, source code analysis tools and a database security assessment tool. All three classes of software have their places in the software development lifecycle and can help security stakeholders make intelligent risk-based decisions. It’s up to the individual business to decide the appropriate level of investment within its own information security program by complementing internal skill sets and resource needs versus the criticality of the assets they are protecting.

Why You Need It?

Application security has continued its momentum as one of the primary issues on the minds of information security professionals everywhere. Due in large part to the increased exposure to horror stories in the media, application security has come under scrutiny for being a favorite target for malicious users.

ISEC has assembled an expert testing team that can determine people, process or technical exposures at network, host, application and data layers. All testing activities are contextualized to our client’s business and risk tolerance objectives and qualified by how appropriately the environment maintains confidentiality, integrity and availability requirements.

Application-level security testing is also commonly known as black box testing or ethical hacking. Penetration testing is essentially the art of testing a runningapplication remotely, without knowing the inner workings of the application it self to find security vulnerabilities. To provide a fully secure solution, we integrate the code scanning with the application penetration testing, in order to make sure that the application layer is secured. Application level testing will investigate software behavior, and verify that the software complies with security requirements. We use automated and manual procedures to validate the web application security from two perspectives.

Data security measures enable an organization to avoid the pitfalls arising from accidental disclosures of sensitive data. Many times, such leakages cost organizations dearly, on account of legal complications arising due to sensitivity of information. Data security measures reduce the compliance cost by simplifying data audit mechanisms and automating them. They also enable the organization to ensure integrity of data by preventing unauthorized usage and modifications. In today’s well connected world, adoption of robust data security processes and methodologies also ensure that the organization is well aligned to the legal and compliance standards across countries – a key decisive factor when it comes to operating across continents.

Regardless of the approach, enterprises must protect the integrity of their application and data by proactively identifying potential attack vectors or vulnerabilities. Certain regulation and standards even require periodic vulnerability assessments.
There are two ways in which these vulnerabilities can be identified: vulnerability assessments and penetration testing.
A vulnerability assessment is an automated scan to determine basic flaws in a system. This can be either network or application vulnerability scanning, or a combination of both. The common factor here is that the scan is automated and generates a report of vulnerabilities or issues that may need to be addressed.

A vulnerability assessment is an automated scan to determine basic flaws in a system. This can be either network or application vulnerability scanning, or a combination of both. The common factor here is that the scan is automated and generates a report of vulnerabilities or issues that may need to be addressed.
In a network vulnerability scan, software looks at a set list of IP addresses to determine what services are listening across the network, and also what software (including versions of the software) are running. Limited tests are run against the listening services, including attempts to login with default account credentials, or comparing the versions of software against known vulnerable versions. If a match is found, it is recommended that the listening port be closed off and/or the software be upgraded if possible.

What is Security Testing?

ecurity testing refers to the entire spectrum of testing initiatives that are aimed at ensuring proper and flawless functioning of an application in a production environment. It aims at evaluating various elements of security covering integrity, confidentiality, authenticity, vulnerability and continuity. By focusing on the various layers of an information system across infrastructure, database, network and access channels like mobile, security testing looks at making the applications safe and sound and free from vulnerabilities.

Why is Security Testing Important?

Today, with more and more information systems moving the mission critical path than ever before, even a minor failure in one system can have far reaching ripple effects on multiple systems leading to total failure. The ability for manipulators to crack into the various layers of an application has also enhanced exponentially, making it difficult to make systems fail safe. The applications on cloud and on other similar channels, coming into being have further compounded this problem. Having security testing concepts applied across multiple layers of an application is the only way that organizations can carry out threat management and remediation, vulnerability assessment thereby helping to secure applications.

How does Security Testing add value to organizations?

however major or minor it may be, leads to loss in customer confidence and ultimately revenue. Further, the security attacks have also grown exponentially, both in quality as well as impact potential. In such a scenario, security testing is the only discipline that helps an organization identify where they are vulnerable and take the corrective measures to prevent as well rectifies the gaps in security. More and more organizations are getting the security audits done and testing measures in order to ensure that their mission i.e. critical applications are shielded from any breaches or unintended penetration. The more extensive an organization’s security testing approaches are, the better are its chances of succeeding in an increasingly threatening technology landscape.