Web Application Testing

What is Web Application Penetration Testing?​

Web applications have become essential to almost any organisation; they play a pivotal role in a business’ day-to-day operations. As far as what consumers see, an application is usually their first point of contact with any organisation. Some web apps are service or product-based, which range from e-commerce stores to large-scale CMS (Content Management Systems).

Whether any web application is internally or externally facing, they pose easy targets for multiple threat actors. Many apps contain sensitive and personal data, which needs to be protected at all costs. Security breaches can be catastrophic for consumers and organisations, and with data protection regulations enforced, also very expensive for the latter.

Therefore it is vital to ensure that any web application is rigorously tested to prevent any malicious or dangerous activity from happening as a result of an application hack. That is where Application Penetration Testing comes in, which is to identify any possible vulnerabilities.

Penetration testing, also known as pen testing, is a simulated cyber hack against your business’ systems to check for any vulnerabilities or potential exploitable targets for real hackers. While one of our other services, Infrastructure Penetration Testing replicates an ethical hack on an organisations core systems, a Web Application Penetration Test is commonly used to detect any possible threats and issues that lie within a single application. Penetration tests can either be conducted via a White Box method, which discloses the structure of an application to the tester, or a Black Box pen test, where the ‘attacker’ knows nothing about any configurations.

Penetration testing is often referred to as ethical hacking. There are numerous advantages of Penetration Testing. Penetration Testing can ultimately bring your business some clarity and understanding of how secure your web applications are and ensure protection down the line. PCI DSS (Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard) requirements state that these tests must be performed every year.

As web apps are becoming increasingly complex, the possibilities of vulnerabilities are rising for potential cybercriminals. Some common vulnerabilities identified as a result of web penetration testing, which Bridewell Consulting use along with carefully selected industry sources, is the Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP) Top Ten.

How Web Application Penetration Testing Can Help?

Bridewell can implement a bespoke Penetration Test strategy.

By conducting an application penetration test with Bridewell Consulting, you will gain a thorough understanding of the risks that your web applications pose to your organisation. You can become fully knowledgeable of the security posture of your web apps, with a full, prioritised list of potential data security risks and attacks that relate to your applications.

Penetration tests can give you valuable insight into security issues, and how you can implement more comprehensive security improvements that ensure long-lasting protection against cyber attacks.

How is Web Application Penetration Testing Done?

A typical web penetration test would consist of various manual and automated testing procedures to determine whether the following issues are present within your business’ web application(s).

Information Gathering

  • Outdated framework versions, hidden content, user enumeration.

Configuration

  • HTTP methods and headers, old backup references, sensitive information within client-side code.

Secure Communications

Login encryption and Cryptography methods in use (SSL Versions and Certificates).

Session Management

  • Cookie flags, scope and duration

Authorisation

  • Path Traversal, Privilege Escalation.

Data Validation

  • Testing for security vulnerabilities.

The Benefits of a Bridewell Bespoke Penetration Testing Strategy

Bridewell can implement a bespoke Penetration Testing strategy.

By conducting an application penetration test with Bridewell, you will gain a thorough understanding of the risks that your web applications pose to your organisation. You can become fully knowledgeable of the security posture of your web apps, with a full, prioritised list of potential data security risks and attacks that relate to your applications.

Penetration tests can give you valuable insight into security issues, and how you can implement more comprehensive security improvements that ensure long-lasting protection against cyber attacks.

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