Web application pen testing is an offensive cyber security procedure to test the resilience of websites against potential attack vectors. Testing teams simulate real-world attacks against the target application. The process involves targeting identified vulnerabilities and escalating them to the maximum extent possible. It helps the security teams to determine the impact of specific vulnerabilities. Plus, you get to know how your current security systems will respond when a real attack hits. Eventually, pen testing tells you about the current state of the security posture of your web applications. Along with that, you get recommendations to improve it as well.
of organizations are operating without adequate cyber security measures deployed to protect their web infrastructure
of companies have automated almost one-third of their security testing.
is the estimated CAGR penetration testing software market between 2021 and 2028.
of businesses hire a third-party penetration testing team to conduct pen testing on their web applications.
Web applications are the face of multiple businesses online. They represent various industries such as e-commerce, education, healthcare, etc. While they offer a high utility. Security is always a concern with these applications.
Web applications are prone to vulnerabilities that might be exploited by threat actors online. Hackers can exploit these vulnerabilities to leverage them as an entry point into your infrastructure.
As businesses are growing, the demand for web applications and other such resources is also increasing. Along with all this, security issues will also rise. So, we need a formidable solution to tackle these issues.
However, companies deploy foundational security protocols to guard their infrastructure against potential threats. But these initial security controls cannot prepare your infrastructure against the attacks initiated through the exploitation of internal vulnerabilities.
Penetration testing perhaps comes along as the ideal solution in such cases.
The following are the basic characteristics you need to know about:
We can categorize web pentesting into the following two categories:
Web application penetration testing involves the following steps: