With the growing number of breaches and online threats, it’s really surprising how many businesses fail to cater to their information security testing.
Importance of this type of testing – including vulnerability scanning, vulnerability assessments and penetration testing service is well known.
Yet actual scope of such working is difficult to figure out and assess correctly.
What should be included in security testing? What are the vulnerabilities that need to be tested and identified? How many times should external and internal vulnerability scanning be performed? These are questions that trouble web developers and businesses.
Struggling With Finding Scope – Security Concerns of Businesses
The level of security implemented by a business when it comes to their network or web application is determined by the size of their operation. For example: Large enterprises often conduct external penetration testing or focus on one or two core web applications specifically.
What seems to be the problem here?
The entire security environment isn’t fully assessed. Midmarket enterprises experience a similar situation i.e. primary focus on external security testing and foregoing internal entirely.
Small businesses seem to know what is more important in the grander scheme of things! The question is, how well or poor is security testing in your organisation? Following are some common web application vulnerabilities that hit businesses with poor security.
- SQL injection
- Remote code execution
- Cross Site Scripting (XSS)
- Format string vulnerabilities
- Username enumeration
Notice an increase in cyber-hacking and information theft attempts via web applications used by employees? You have poor security in place.
Improving security requires thorough adherence to the following:
Perform Inventory of Web Applications
You probably don’t have any idea which applications employees use on a daily basis. It doesn’t matter how organised your company is – there are always some rouge applications running at any given time. Little attention is paid to these applications until something goes wrong.
Give Priority to Certain Vulnerabilities
This is the second step that has to be followed prior to testing chosen applications. Make a list of important vulnerabilities that must be eliminated and another of slightly less important.
The fact of the matter is: All web applications have some vulnerabilities and removing everyone isn’t possible. This is why conduct testing of the most threatening vulnerabilities which will save a lot of your time.
What about those that are missed by your vulnerability scanners? Enlist the help of Lean Security to make sure your web application security is at the top of its game.