OUR TESTS AND ASSESSMENTS CAN ENSURE YOUR MOBILE OR WEB APPLICATIONS ARE SECURE
Developing and maintaining a secure IT infrastructure is pivotal for every company.
The first, foundational step to maintaining complete information security is in understanding your applications' vulnerabilities, which can only be done by implementing thorough security assessments on all mobile, web, and Iot platforms and applications.
The integral part of this assessment is discovering and documenting all vulnerabilities that could compromise your organization and your customer's private data.
The identification of vulnerabilities via security assessments is often a requirement for businesses that are regulated by legislative bodies such as PCI DSS and HIPAA.
We utilize a comprehensive security suite of assessment tools comprising custom proprietary scanners, commercial application scanners, manual code analysis, and more.
The results of an assessment can be used to better implement security controls that will act to harden your business infrastructure against any security vulnerabilities that could result in a successful cyber-attack.
Additionally they can then be used to develop corporate-wide incident response protocols along with risk and threat management programs.
THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY HAS INDICATED THAT 90 PERCENT OF SECURITY INCIDENTS ARE DUE TO APPLICATION SECURITY.
THUS IT IS VERY POSSIBLE TO MITIGATE 90 PERCENT OF POSSIBLE SECURITY INCIDENTS BY UTILIZING THOROUGH APPLICATION SECURITY ASSESSMENTS.
There are many different platforms that you may use for your business, all of which may present different attack surfaces that a cyber-attacker may attempt to exploit by finding its vulnerabilities.
A few different platforms that must be considered are web applications, desktop applications and mobile applications.
Depending on the network architecture and how the web server is configured, web applications often provide an external, direct attacking interface for attackers to use in order to gain unauthorized access to backend systems (servers) using a variety of attack vectors. This could allow an attacker to gain access to:
- Backend Databases
- Host Systems
- Backend Servers
- Critical System Records
- And More!
Desktop applications often allow cyber-attackers to run code on their machine, which can give them control of your code, often to nefarious ends.
Binary inspection, reverse engineering of your code, etc. can all be carried out, potentially resulting in the uncovering of hard-coded secrets, identification of backdoors, and weak encryption ciphers.
This also means that these attackers may have access to code associated with the storage of sensitive data and the communication with sensitive systems in your organization.
Mobile applications provide a unique target for cyber-attackers partly due to the large number of attack surfaces and possible attack vectors that can be used to compromise them. Mobile apps not only have traditional security issues associated with them, but are also associated with additional security vulnerabilities that must be fully understood and properly mitigated.
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WE COMBINE AUTOMATED AND MANUAL TESTING IN OUR ASSESSMENTS
Our security assessment methodology encompasses a broad-range of analysis techniques, tools, and mechanisms to provide a thorough report on the security posture of your applications.
AUTOMATED SECURITY SCANNING
Automated vulnerability scanners and security suites provide a broad analysis of different applications based on detailed parameters to efficiently identify major security vulnerabilities that would be easily found by an attacker.
According to research, automated security scanners are capable of identifying approximately 50% of high-risk vulnerabilities.
There are many open source and proprietary commercial tools available that provide an in-depth analysis and broad security assessment of applications, including:
- Burp Suite
- Zed Attack Proxy
- SSL Scan
- And More!
MANUAL SECURITY ANALYSIS
Manual code reviews compliment automated security analyses to provide a big picture of your security posture.
These manual analyses are carried out by trained, professional cybersecurity engineers, who work regularly with automated scanners to correctly interpret results and distinguish false positives and false negatives from true positives. This is an important step, as automated scanners often misidentify such results.
Manually analyzing the source code of your applications to determine the security posture of your software systems can reveal many additional aspects of how secure your systems are in a way that an automated scan would be unable to accomplish.
Such additional security aspects include:
• Password Policy
• Password Reset
• Session Management
• Challenge Questions
• Access control • Authentication Cookies
• Command Injection (SQL, LDAP)
• Key Management
• Header Injection
• Cryptography • Exception Handling
• Server Configuration
• and more.
WE SCAN YOUR SOURCE CODE AND ISOLATE ANY TECHNICAL VULNERABILITIES
The two key types of security assessment procedures can be further broken down into three primary assessment options: Dynamic (Black Box) Penetration Testing, Static (White Box) Source Code Review, and Hybrid Application Security Testing.
DYNAMIC (BLACK BOX) PENETRATION TESTING
Dynamic (Black Box) Penetration Testing indicates an environment where the tester is not familiar with the inner workings of a system or its source code, and thus carries out a simulated attack that closely resembles a real-life cyber-assault. This type of test gives the tester a realistic security overview of how the system would measure up to a real-life offensive front.
STATIC (WHITE-BOX) TESTING
Static (White-box) Testing indicates an environment where the tester is given the static source code and the inner workings of the application, in which the tester is tasked with reviewing the code and addressing application security from an internal perspective.
Common tasks include identifying hard-coded passwords, weak encryption ciphers, poor password storage, etc. Such reviews also include the architecture and implementation of the application to ensure its security.
Hybrid Tests offer multi-faceted, complete coverage of an application by incorporating both static and dynamic assessment techniques. This includes analyzing the running application and examining the source code, resulting in the most thorough and efficient assessment possible.
WE IDENTIFY VULNERABILITIES IN YOUR SOFTWARE
DEVELOPMENT BEFORE A PROBLEM CAN OCCUR
The major ideologies of secure software development are predicated upon the notion that secure coding practices should be followed while the application is being developed and coded so that the security-based foundation of the application can be based on strong code that is devoid of vulnerabilities, saving time and reducing company overhead.
This facilitates developing applications that are secure from their inception, as opposed to applications built on a faulty background of weak code that is filled with vulnerabilities which can be easily exploited. Such code often needs to be rebuilt from the ground up.
We assist you with building all of your applications on a strong, secure foundation by training your developers, managers, and QA staff on secure coding and testing techniques as well as Secure Software Development Life Cycle (Secure SDLC) training and implementation.
When secure coding practices are implemented from the beginning using appropriate, full-scale security assessments, both time and money are saved, greatly increasing the efficiency of your company.
WE EQUIP YOU WITH THE CAPABILITY TO SAFEGUARD AGAINST AND RESOLVE ANY DETECTED RISKS
After an exhaustive application security assessment, the true value of the results comes in the remediation of current application vulnerabilities and the development of future guidelines to ensure the implementation of secure coding practices for applications during their development life cycle. Let us assist you with these pivotal steps by providing remediation consulting and by helping your company develop Secure Software Development Life Cycle (Secure SDLC) management protocols.