"Application penetration testing is like a box of chocolates, you never know what vulnerabilities you're going to find until you take a bite."
"Why worry about vulnerabilities? Just invite the hackers over for tea and let them point out all the weaknesses for you."

Application Penetration Testing

Application penetration testing is a type of penetration testing that focuses on identifying vulnerabilities in web-based and mobile applications. The goal of this testing is to identify weaknesses that could be exploited by an attacker and to evaluate the effectiveness of the application's security measures. Testers use various tools and techniques to try to gain unauthorized access to the application or to manipulate it in ways that could compromise the security of the system or data.

WHAT IS
Application Penetration Testing

At digiALERT, we specialize in conducting application penetration testing, a process that simulates a cyber attack on a computer application to identify vulnerabilities that could be exploited by a malicious attacker. Our team of cyber security experts use a variety of techniques including manual testing, automated tools, and simulating real-world attack scenarios to exploit vulnerabilities in the application. After the testing is complete, a detailed report of the vulnerabilities identified and recommendations for how to fix them will be provided to the client.

Application penetration testing is a critical aspect of cyber security for organizations that rely on web or mobile applications to conduct business or interact with customers. By identifying and addressing vulnerabilities in these applications, organizations can reduce the risk of a successful cyber attack and protect their sensitive data and systems. At digiAlert, we understand the importance of keeping your applications secure, and our team has the experience and expertise to provide thorough and accurate testing results and recommendations to improve the security posture of your organization.

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key features
Application Penetration Testing

Identifies vulnerabilities in web and mobile applications.
Provides recommendations for improvement.
Follows a predetermined testing plan.
Important part of overall security strategy.
May be required by regulatory bodies or industry standards.
Assesses the effectiveness of security measures.
Utilizes a variety of tools and techniques.
Documents findings during the testing process.
Conducted by specialized security firms or in-house teams.
Helps protect against exploitation by malicious actors.

Types of
Application Penetration Testing

At digiALERT, we offer a variety of application penetration testing services to our clients to help identify and assess vulnerabilities within their systems. These services include:

  1. Black box testing: In this type of testing, we have no knowledge of the internal structure or design of the system and we test the system from the outside, just like a hacker would.
  2. White box testing: In this type of testing, we have complete knowledge of the internal structure and design of the system, and we test the system from both the inside and the outside.
  3. Grey box testing: In this type of testing, we have some knowledge of the internal structure and design of the system, and we test the system from both the inside and the outside.
  4. Mobile application testing: In this type of testing, we focus on identifying vulnerabilities in mobile applications and testing for compliance with industry standards such as OWASP mobile top 10.
  5. Web application testing: In this type of testing, we focus on identifying vulnerabilities in web applications and testing for compliance with industry standards such as OWASP top 10.

Statistics on
Application Penetration Testing

According to a 2019 report by the Ponemon Institute, 89% of organizations have implemented application penetration testing.
According to the same report, 72% of organizations have reported experiencing a data breach due to vulnerabilities in application penetration testing.
A 2019 report by Gartner found that 47% of organizations are increasing their application security spending due to the risk of data breaches caused by application penetration testing.
According to a 2019 report by the SANS Institute, 79% of organizations use automated testing tools in their application penetration testing processes.
53% of organizations use manual testing in their application penetration testing processes, according to a 2019 report by Gartner.
According to a 2020 report by the SANS Institute, 66% of organizations consider application security an important priority.

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How do we do
Application Penetration Testing

At digiALERT, when conducting application penetration testing, we take the following steps:
  • Identify the scope of the testing: We determine the specific web or mobile applications to be tested and any specific requirements or constraints that must be considered.
  • Perform reconnaissance: We gather information about the application and its environment by researching the application and its underlying infrastructure.
  • Conduct penetration testing: We use a combination of automated tools and manual testing methods to identify vulnerabilities such as SQL injection, cross-site scripting (XSS), and cross-site request forgery (CSRF).
  • Review source code and architecture: We review the application's source code and architecture to identify any potential weaknesses.
  • Prepare a detailed report: We provide a detailed report that includes a description of the vulnerabilities identified, the potential impact of each vulnerability, and recommendations for remediation.
  • Provide comprehensive recommendations: We provide a comprehensive list of recommendations that include best practices and guidelines to improve the security of the application.
  • Work closely with clients: Our team of experts works closely with clients to understand their unique requirements and tailor our testing approach to meet their specific needs.
  • Provide training: We provide training to the client's team to help them understand the vulnerabilities and remediation actions.

WHY APPLICATION PENETRATION TESTING
WHO NEEDS APPLICATION PENETRATION TESTING

Application penetration testing is a method of simulating an attack on a web or mobile application to identify vulnerabilities that could be exploited by attackers. It is an important security measure for organizations as applications are often the primary means by which users interact with a business's systems and data. By identifying vulnerabilities such as SQL injection, cross-site scripting (XSS), and cross-site request forgery (CSRF), organizations can prevent data breaches and unauthorized access to sensitive information. Additionally, it can help organizations comply with industry standards and regulations like Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI-DSS) and Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).

 Application penetration testing can be useful for any organization that has web or mobile applications, regardless of their size or industry. It is especially important for organizations that handle sensitive information such as financial data, personal information, and health records. The test can be done by the organization's in-house security team, by outsourcing to a third-party, or by using automated tools that can help identify vulnerabilities. In any case, it's a crucial step in securing the organization's infrastructure and protecting its reputation.

How often is Application Penetration Testing recommended
When it would be performed

There are several factors to consider when determining how often an organization should conduct application penetration testing:
  1. Risk level: The risk level and regulatory requirements of an organization should be considered when deciding the frequency of pen testing. Higher risk organizations may need more frequent testing.
  2. Change management: Penetration testing should be conducted after any changes to an organization's systems or applications to ensure their security. This includes software updates, infrastructure changes, and new deployments.
  3. Compliance: Certain industries and regulations have specific requirements for the frequency of pen testing, such as PCI DSS requiring annual testing and testing after significant changes.
  4. Threat landscape: Frequent pen testing may be necessary to stay up-to-date on evolving threats and vulnerabilities and ensure system security.
In general, it is recommended that organizations conduct application penetration testing at least annually, and more frequently if any of the above factors apply. This will help to ensure that systems are secure and any vulnerabilities are identified and addressed in a timely manner.

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How are we
unique

  1. We offer personalized and customized testing plans to meet the specific needs and requirements of our clients.
  2. Our team of expert penetration testers has extensive experience and knowledge in various industries and technologies.
  3. We use advanced tools and techniques to provide a comprehensive and thorough testing process.
  4. We provide timely and actionable reports with clear recommendations for remediation.
  5. We offer cost-effective testing packages to meet the budget constraints of our clients.
  6. We provide post-testing support to assist with the implementation of recommended remediation measures.
  7. Our testing services are backed by a 100% satisfaction guarantee.
  8. We have a proven track record of helping organizations improve their security posture and reduce their risk of cyber attacks.
  9. We offer flexible engagement options, including on-demand and ongoing testing services.
  10. We prioritize client confidentiality and ensure that all testing is performed in a professional and ethical manner.

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