DYNAMIC PENETRATION TESTING & REPORTING
WE PROVIDE PENETRATION TESTING
SPECIFICALLY CATERED FOR WEB APPLICATIONS
IT HAS BEEN ESTIMATED THAT 80% OF WEBSITES HAVE AT LEAST ONE OR MORE SIGNIFICANT VULNERABILITIES, WHICH GENERALLY IS RELATED TO INSECURE WEB APPLICATIONS
Web applications run on an application server where they generate content based on business logic, and are generally connected to web servers and important back-end systems such as databases and application programming interfaces (API's). A website offers a powerful interface for cyber-attackers to use in order to infiltrate business systems, generally by going through web applications that have high-risk vulnerabilities and are often connected to critical back-end infrastructures. Thus, while dynamic websites with web applications offer great interactive platforms for user engagement, they may also open a door for malicious activity by offering a semi-direct link to your back-end business systems.
If left unprotected, insecure web applications can offer cyber-attackers an entrance into your company network and business systems. To illustrate how important web application security is several data breach reports, such as the Verizon 2016 Data breach report, state that 40 percent of confirmed breaches in 2015 were through web applications that had a security hole that was exploited. Furthermore, according to the report, web applications account for 35 percent of internet breaches. At the same time, while the data indicates that over 50 percent of web application attacks involved stolen credit cards, over 40 percent involved the use of backdoors, and roughly 20 percent involved the use of SQL injection (SQLi). The above data translates to web applications being a primary target that cyber-attackers exploit. As web applications become primary e-commerce transaction mechanisms, it is imperative that your web applications are fully tested and secured.
DYNAMIC APPLICATION SECURITY TESTING
USING THIS METHODOLOGY UNCOVERS A GREATER ATTACK SURFACE, AND CAN REDUCE POTENTIAL ATTACK VECTORS
This can include attempting to gain unauthorized access to a system (which is related to access control and authorization protocols), reverse engineering the program in order to analyze the source code and find a backdoor, cracking or brute forcing passwords to gain entry into a session, using malware to cripple the security controls of an IT infrastructure to steal data, and more. Dynamic testing of web applications can be carried out using automated scanning software, or by manual testing via security engineers, or both. In this day and age, many beginner ``hackers`` use packages and automated tools (e.g. Kali Linux tools, Metasploit) to hack and exploit web applications without advanced knowledge on software, network systems, programming, etc. Thus it is often the case that beginner and advanced cyber-criminals can not only use such readily available, open-source programs to exploit applications, but can also apply manual hacking methods to attack web applications and often gain unauthorized access to critical business systems. This often happens because hackers apply the technique of ``pivoting,`` in which they compromise one system and use that to attack and compromise another system that is linked to it.
Since web application servers and web servers are often connected to backend systems in an unprotected way, the compromise of a web application often gives cyber-criminals unrestricted access to other business systems. Thus it is important to run tests using tools such as web application scanners, vulnerability scanners and fuzzers, transport layer encryption tests, application proxies, and more. When you run automated tests on your own systems first before cyber-criminals do, you can then understand your security posture and apply the correct remedial protocols that can facilitate gaining complete web application data security.