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Web Application Assessments

Our Process

Manual Methodology

In the rapidly evolving threat landscape, one thing has remained constant, web applications are still a prime target for threat actors. Leveraging a manual methodology for web application penetration testing is paramount to unmasking vulnerabilities that automated scans often overlook or simply can’t discover. Automated tools might flag common weaknesses, but it’s the expertise of a human tester that identifies chained exploits and subtle vulnerabilities resulting from unique application logic or complex interactions. These intricacies, undectectable for automated scanners, can be exploited by attackers in the real world. Through the lens of a skilled professional, web applications are probed for vulnerabilities like business logic flaws, multi-step exploitation, and other nuanced risks. Prioritizing a manual approach ensures that web assets remain resilient against a wider spectrum of threats, including those sophisticated attacks that automated tools might miss.

What to Expect

Web Application Penetration Tests

Guided by the OWASP Top Ten, the recognized standard in web security, a web application penetration test begins by examining server configurations, ensuring that foundational setups are strong against potential threats. As the assessment proceeds, testers will employ techniques such as directory busting in order to uncover hidden or overlooked files and directories that may be inadvertently exposed. Throughout testing, the tester will conduct more in depth checks for issues ranging from misconfigurations in authentication, authorization, and session management to injection attacks and Cross-Site Scripting (XSS). This holistic approach will help to identify and mitigate any vulnerabilities so that the web application remains resilient against potential threat actors.

Pre-engagement
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Pre-engagement

Scoping

Before any assessment, the preliminary phase is defining the scope and engagement details. Scoping entails determining the range of systems, networks, or applications to be tested. Any restrictions or constraints will also be set at this time to ensure a controlled and targeted assessment aligns with the customer’s needs.

Engagement
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Engagement

Active Testing

With a well-defined scope, the active testing period will begin next. This phase is where the tester will put “hands on the keyboard” and actively probe and attempt to explot any in-scope systems in order to uncover vulnerabilities. Any discovered vulnerabilities are assessed on how they might be leveraged by a malicious actor as well as their impact on the organization.

Post-Engagement
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Post-Engagement

Reporting and Review

The reporting and review phase is a critical phase of a penetration test. Any findings discovered during testing will be compiled, analyzed, and delivered in a thorough report. The final report will be debriefed to stakeholders in order to discuss any findings, provide technical explanations, and offer remediations and guidance on how to harden the in-scope systems. This phase ensures the organization fully understands the risks and can prioritize and implement effective countermeasures.

Elevate Your Cybersecurity Posture

Challenge your defenses with a web application penetration test.

Web Application Penetration Testing FAQ

OWASP
What is the OWASP Top 10?
Frequency
How often should you have a web application penetration test?

OWASP Top 10

The OWASP Top 10 is a standard reference compiled by the Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP), a global not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving software security. This frequently updated list highlights the ten most critical web application security risks, providing organizations with an understanding of the prominent vulnerabilities in web applications, based on data from numerous organizations. By focusing on the OWASP Top 10, businesses can prioritize their defense strategies, ensuring protection against the most common and impactful web application threats. Its widespread recognition and adoption make the OWASP Top 10 an essential resource for developers, security professionals, and organizations aiming to bolster their web application security posture.

How often should you test your web applications?

Web application penetration testing is pivotal for maintaining a secure online presence, especially as cyber threats evolve continuously. For optimal security, it’s recommended to conduct these tests at least annually or after significant changes to your application. However, organizations with high-risk profiles or those subject to strict regulatory requirements might benefit from more frequent evaluations. Regularly scheduling web application penetration tests ensures that newly introduced vulnerabilities get identified and addressed promptly, safeguarding your digital assets and upholding your organization’s reputation. Embracing a proactive approach to web app security can significantly mitigate potential breaches and associated costs.

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