Whether you are just launching or have a well-established web application, you know your job isn't finished after it's live. In fact, some would argue the hard work has just begun.
Savvy cybercriminals are always hunting for ways to exploit flaws in apps' functionalities, stealing precious data or using it as a doorway into your network at large.
App developers run standard scans to spot major security problems, but these high-level screenings just don’t cut it — only capturing “low-hanging fruit” in software code.
In order to protect your company from data breaches, you need to move beyond the automated robo-crawl and walk in the shoes of a real hacker. Your app needs a robust penetration test.
An internal web application is one that you design to live exclusively on your internal network, therefore, it is only reachable for internal users. If hacked by someone that already had some privilege into the network, AKA an internal or third-party user (an insider threat), the app could allow access to your local data within the application— and probably the server where the application is hosted as well.
On the other hand, an external web app is intended for just that: external use beyond your team. A penetration tester performing an external web app test would mimic the steps a cybercriminal could take to breach the application, leveraging open-source intelligence and pursuing technological flaws in the app software itself to gain access.
Once you express interest in a web application pentest, we’ll meet to discuss your goals. We’ll set our gaze on the “crown jewels” and determine the most sensitive data to pursue in the breach. It’s here we’ll discuss your scope and settle on the size and complexity of the project. We’ll also agree on how long the test will run (typically 2-3 weeks).
We’ll then define the rules of engagement and discuss what functions or features are out of scope vs. included.
With a designated start date agreed upon, we’ll begin our tests.
Our pentesters will pursue all possible ways possible to breach your application within scope.
From injection attacks and cross-site scripting (XSS) to exploiting vulnerabilities, our senior professionals will disclose holes in your web app and compile our findings in a comprehensive penetration test report.
Because hacking techniques and application updates evolve daily, it’s important to frequently test your apps for new vulnerabilities. We recommend annual application pentests, as well as one after a major update or new launch.
Remember, a web application penetration test should be a preventive measure to find flaws before/as soon as your new app is released/updated. A pentest can certainly be used to improve your app’s security after a breach, but by this point, we can’t prevent the damage that was already done.