What Is Web Application Testing?
Web applications are essential for any business and its day-to-day activities. These applications include programs and websites and as such, they may hold or process sensitive data including logins, user data, and financial information.
Due to the increasing complexity of web applications, cybercriminals are finding more vulnerabilities that can be exploited. It is for this reason that web application testing and security is essential for all businesses.
Web application penetration testing is the authorised security testing of a web application. The purpose of the test is to detect vulnerabilities and identify weaknesses across all aspects of the web application. This includes all of its components such as the back-end network, database, and source code.
Web application penetration testing is similar to standard penetration testing, but it is focused on breaking into the application, by means of a penetration attack. A cybersecurity tester works from the perspective of an attacker to target the web application firewall (WAF). Both manual and automated attacks are simulated using known malicious tactics and techniques.
Do I Need A Web Application Test?
External penetration testing removes the uncertainty and risks of an external attack on your computer systems. It simulates an outsider attack and again identifies the weaknesses in your systems and/or website.
An external penetration test will help your company Identify and address weak spots, where sensitive information can be exposed. The resulting report will highlight systems that an outside attacker could take control of.
WHAT IS REQUIRED?
The information required to begin a web application test depends upon whether the attack is from the perspective of a black-box test or grey-box test.
Black-box testing – this test is performed by a tester who only has knowledge of the URL and IP address of the web application that requires testing.
Grey-box testing – this test is undertaken with more information than simply the URL and IP address. The tester is given extra information such as to what the application does and what data the application processes.