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Tips to Choose the Web Application Security Testing Tool

Apr 14th 2015 at 4:27 AM

In this digital era when important data being stored and transmitted in the web applications, there is a dire need for powerful security testing. In addition to maintaining the privacy of vital data, security testing also involves tackling authentication and authorization issues. It is the most exciting form of testing and there are many interesting testing tools are available to reveal the vulnerabilities of a web application.

With the use of the right and effective security testing tools you can uncover many hidden security issues that can otherwise give out sensitive information to the hackers and cyber criminals. With a plethora of web application security testing tools available in the online market, there is always a doubt about the most suitable option. In this article, I have explained some effective tips that help you to choose the right security testing tool as per your requirement:

1. Simplicity of use

It is quite essential for a security testing tool to have ease of usability in order to save unnecessary time wastage. The security testing tool should not be baffling to the user and should be easy enough to be understood by the novel users. The installation of the tool should be simple and the basic setup should not require too much time.

2. Add-ons

A tool for web application security testing is incomplete without a set of standalone tools. Some examples can be web proxy, HTTP editors, and HTTP discovery service that allow detection of live web servers on the network. All these utilities are quite vital to perform thorough investigation. With the help of these additional utilitarian tools, more than half of the issues can be revealed.

3. Creation of logs

With the help of logging, you can track the entire process from submitting the uniform source locator to packet level details. You are able to locate the error invoking code and even identify the headers sent and received via HTTP protocol.

4. Authentication and authorization

Effective security testing tools should allow the users to manipulate the web application as an authenticated user. It will help you in revealing the sensitive areas or the loopholes of the application that can be easily exploited. In the same manner, you should be able to adopt different roles of authorization and test the web application accordingly.

5. Handling false positives

Almost every testing tool generates many false positives, but the right testing tool is one that offers many ways to control what has already been seen or scanned. While used in the future, the tool saves lots of time and makes testing a hassle free task.

6. Testing login

Though rare, but if a web application testing tool provides the capabilities of password cracking, it can make the application quite secure. This also helps in testing the robustness of the login mechanism. Conventional dictionary cracking methods are slightly limited in their scope.

Conclusion:

Some features like multiple site scan, smart scanning, and internal scan query manipulation allow complete testing of the web application quickly. You can go for the evaluation version so as to see whether any particular tool is as per your requirements or not. If you think that web application security testing through tools is tedious work, you can also avail services from application security companies in Dubai. With skilled testing experts, these companies strive to provide you best-in-domain security testing services as per your requirement.

 

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