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What is Web Application Penetration Testing?
Thousands of users rely on Web applications every day to manage their most sensitive information. With their increasing complexity, come unexpected security gaps stemming from simple human error. As organizations focus on delivering new features to keep up with their competitors, security often becomes a second priority which often introduces vulnerabilities with a critical impact on their users and their business as a whole. This is why many companies now integrate webapp pentesting as part of their development cycle.
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Manual vs Automated Testing
Automated vulnerability scanners are unable to detect security vulnerabilities within the logic and specific behaviour of a web application. An experienced specialist understands the context of the application and will be able to determine how vulnerabilities might be the target of a scenario of exploitation. These vulnerabilities are usually not detected by automated tools that are mostly used to highlight common configuration errors, missing updates, and so on. Here are examples of high/critical vulnerabilities that manual app pentests can identify. Learn more →
Application logic flaws
Insufficient session expiration
Session management flaws
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A web application penetration test is a type of ethical hacking engagement designed to assess the architecture, design, and configuration of web applications. Assessments are conducted to identify cybersecurity risks that could lead to unauthorized access and/or data exposure.
The cost of a web application penetration test can vary according to various factors, such as the project scope, the number of features and types of users in the application.
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At the end of the pentest, you will be provided with a detailed report that includes all the findings and recommended mitigations. The report will also be presented to your appointed representative by your appointed senior specialist. The technical report includes the following:
- Executive summary presenting the main observations and recommendations.
- Vulnerability matrix prioritised by risk level.
- Vulnerabilities details including the following:
- Risk Level based on potential impact and exploitability.
- Fixes & Recommendations to fix the identified vulnerabilities.
- References to external resources to facilitate the implementation of our recommendations.
- Technical details such as screenshots, system traces, logs, etc.
- Appendix detailing complementary technical information.
- Methodology used during the project. (based on recognized standards)
Depending on your context, you will also be provided with an attestation certifying that penetration tests have been performed by experienced professionals using recognized methodologies and standards. This document will allow you to meet compliance and regulatory reporting requirements efficiently and with minimal overhead.
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