It is a type of Software Testing that uncovers vulnerabilities, threats, risks in a software application and prevents malicious attacks from intruders. The purpose of Security Tests is to identify all possible loopholes and weaknesses of the software system which might result in a loss of information, revenue, repute at the hands of the employees or outsiders of the Organization. There are various types of security testing needed for contrasting purposes.
EXPLANATION OF MAJOR TYPES :
It is a type of testing that is done by evaluating the system and/or network using various malicious techniques. The purpose of this testing is to protect important data from users who do not have access to the system, like hackers. It is carried out after cautious notifications, considerations and planning.
Penetration testing is categorized into two types – Black Box Testing and White Box Testing. In White Box Testing, the tester has access to all vital information like Code, IP Address, Infrastructure Diagram, etc. In Black Box Testing, the tester doesn’t have any access to any sort of vital information. Black box testing tends to be the most accurate testing as the tester doesn’t have any access to any information, thereby, simulating the testing as a hacker.
In Password crack testing, the system is tested to identify the weak passwords. Password Cracking tools are used for testing of this attribute. The end result is to ensure that users are adequately using strong password.
This is to identify the weakest attributes in the system which might lend easy paths for the malicious software to be attached by unauthorized users. Vulnerability can occur due to bug in software, inaccurate software testing or presence of malicious code. This phase requires fixes, patches to prevent the compromised integrity by malware or hackers.
The opposite of Penetration Testing is ethical hacking. Ethical hacking is to detect security flaws while automated software tries to hack the system. The intent is to attack the app from within the application.
Security testing is software testing technique that helps discover vulnerabilities in all types of application software and completed at each stage of the application development.
Let’s look at two categories of security testing specific to web application development:
- Static Application Security Testing
- Dynamic Application Security Testing
Static Application Security Testing (SAST):
SAST, also known as the white box testing helps discover vulnerabilities in the application source code during the development phase (source code review). Different tools are used to scan the code before compilation to enable the developer identify bugs and fix them promptly helping to reduce the production time.
Very recently, SAST tools have become an integral part of the Secure Development Life Cycle (SDLC) to improve security of the application. Most developers and organisations today rely on SAST to improve application security.
Dynamic Application Security Testing (DAST):
Whilst SAST analyses the source code during development, Dynamic Application Security Testing finds vulnerabilities and weaknesses during pre-production stage. There are two methods of Dynamic Application Security Testing –
- Grey box testing: requires credentials to access application
- Black box testing: no credentials required
DAST tools are also called “black box” tools. These tools help developers find potential flaws inside the applications through penetration testing. DAST does not require access to the code or binary files to expose business logic vulnerabilities in sensitive and confidential applications
Interactive Application Security Testing (IAST) and Hybrid Tools
Hybrid approaches have been available for a long time, but more recently have been categorized and discussed using the term IAST. IAST tools use a combination of static and dynamic analysis techniques. They can test whether known vulnerabilities in code are actually exploitable in the running application.
IAST tools use knowledge of application flow and data flow to create advanced attack scenarios and use dynamic analysis results recursively: as a dynamic scan is being performed, the tool will learn things about the application based on how it responds to test cases. Some tools will use this knowledge to create additional test cases, which then could yield more knowledge for more test cases and so on. IAST tools are adept at reducing the number of false positives, and work well in Agile and DevOps environments where traditional stand-alone DAST and SAST tools can be too time intensive for the development cycle.
It is a network traffic security testing tool. It checks application for known TLS/SSL vulnerabilities and misconfigurations. Nogotofail provides a flexible and scalable way of scanning, identifying, and fixing weak SSL/TLS connections. It checks whether or not they are vulnerable to man-in-the-middle (MiTM) attacks. It can be set up as a router, VPN server or proxy server and works for Android, iOS, Linux, Windows, Chrome, OS, OSX, and any other device that is used to connect to the internet.
Mobile Application Security Testing (MAST)
MAST tools combine static analysis, dynamic analysis and investigation of forensic data generated by mobile applications. They can test for security vulnerabilities like SAST, DAST and IAST, and in addition address mobile-specific issues like jailbreaking, malicious wifi networks, and data leakage from mobile devices.
Software Composition Analysis (SCA)
SCA tools help organizations conduct an inventory of third-party commercial and open source components used within their software. Enterprise applications can use thousands of third-party components, which may contain security vulnerabilities. SCA helps understand which components and versions are actually being used, identify the most severe security vulnerabilities affecting those components, and understand the easiest way to remediate them.
Runtime Application Self-Protection (RASP)
RASP tools evolved from SAST, DAST and IAST. They are able to analyze application traffic and user behavior at runtime, to detect and prevent cyber threats.
Like the previous generation of tools, RASP has visibility into application source code and can analyze weaknesses and vulnerabilities. It goes one step further by identifying that security weaknesses have been exploited, and providing active protection by terminating the session or issuing an alert.
RASP tools integrate with applications and analyze traffic at runtime, and can not only detect and warn about vulnerabilities but actually prevent attacks. Having this type of in-depth inspection and protection at runtime makes SAST, DAST and IAST much less important, making it possible to detect and prevent security issues without costly development work.
It can be challenging to navigate the complex security landscape alone. Audviklabs is a trusted security testing company that can help companies prepare, detect, react, and recover along with all points of the software development life cycle. Our company has the necessary cyber security testing resources to protect your sensitive business data from attacks. Before completing all the attributes of Security Testing, the system has to be checked if it is resistant enough to bear the external or internal attacks. We address this attribute by implementing One Time Password (OTP), RSA key token, encryption, or two-layer authentication.
WHAT WE PROVIDE IN SECURITY TESTING
- Audviklabs has significant expertise in providing IT security testing services, as well as gathering and analysing system vulnerabilities. We provide a full range of services to help companies secure their products and infrastructure through a structured approach and consistent methodology based on industry-wide best practices like OSSTMM, OWASP, WASC, and ISO27000. We take pride in our highly qualified specialists that bring a unique and personal approach to every client’s needs.
- At the end of a project, you receive a thorough report containing both an executive summary (with a letter of opinion) about the completed project and details on the identified security issues with in-depth POC descriptions. For each issue, Audviklabs also provides recommendations for a successful remediation.
- A skillful security team comprised of OSCP and CEH certified professionals. Our security testing services experts will help to protect your business from any security violation.
Security Testing is now not only a necessity but a modern day approach for the well and smooth running of IT services . We at Audviklabs serve as an efficient partner to deal all the necessary requirements concerned with security testing.
You get up-to-date information on the security vulnerabilities existing within your IT environment.
The best is to adopt an end-to-end comprehensive security testing approach from the information congregation to result in reporting for uncovering the vulnerabilities, mitigating the security risks, and enhancing the security posture of the applications and products.
Based on the client’s requirements, we provide flexible and efficient testing services at various stages of a secure development lifecycle.