Modern web development faces many challenges, security being one of the most important yet understated and under-emphasised issues.
Is your IT department covering all bases when it comes to web application security?
What are the techniques and processes used when it comes to threat analysis? Are there any specific, risk-oriented practices implemented or should be implemented? How secure is your web application?
Businesses are largely concerned with making a large profit in a short period of time and for half of the production cost usually placed. Fast and cheap are words every business strongly abides by – until something goes wrong. This is when security comes into the forefront.
Web Application Testing – How Handling Results Appropriately Is Encouraged
There are several reasons why proper handling of results gained from application testing, vulnerability scans, test data and related security assessment reports is encouraged. This is something which isn’t acknowledged or given due importance but is crucial when it comes to business’s security!
Why should results and reports from web application security testing be handled in the proper manner? Fact of the matter is – everything from saved passwords, SQL injection requests and hard-coded encryption keys can be found in the following screenshots, reports and files.
- Web vulnerability scan files
- Screenshots of exploits
- Web vulnerability scanner reports
- Proxy log files
- Username and password dictionaries
Additionally, your computer system or network will also contain the final web application testing reports that contain specific findings and web application exploitation methods.
These files containing everything and anything imaginable and related to web security flaws and vulnerabilities can be hacked by cyber-criminals easily.
Risk of Information Theft Increases with Number of Unencrypted Systems
Modern-age employees are becoming more work-savvy, implementing technology with their work to make it easier and convenient. Now people can work from anywhere as long as there’s an internet connection.
Here the threat of unsecure connections on unencrypted laptops and data backups, third party email systems, and under protected mobile devices comes into play.
Business risk can also be created with wrongful use of web application testing reports brought on by hard copies.
Secure Your Network’s Layers
Having a secure network should be your first priority especially after conducting a web application security testing and vulnerability scanning. Areas that need to be included are:
Perimeter Security – This will protect network applications from external attack. Technologies like firewall and intrusion detection are usually implemented.
Communications Security – This ensures data confidentiality, non-repudiation, and integrity. Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) or IPsec virtual private networks are tools used to maintain this security.
Securing you web application vulnerability testing results isn’t difficult if you have a third-party vendor on board. Manage your business network’s security without losing focus over other aspects of the project with Lean Security’s help!