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Web applications are one of the most common types of software in use today. Due to their complexity and ubiquity, web applications represent a unique challenge to the security posture of any organisation. Modern web applications handle increasingly sensitive data, so it is important to ensure that they do not introduce significant risk to an organisation.

LRQA Nettitude has a large team of CREST certified penetration testers who specialise in web application penetration testing. The LRQA Nettitude penetration testing team is diverse and contains a wealth of experience in both security and software development.

LRQA Nettitude are highly capable of penetrating testing web applications, web services, APIs and more, across an extremely large range of technologies.

For rigorous assurance, LRQA Nettitude recommends testing applications using the methodology set forth in the Application Security Verification Standard (ASVS). This ensures appropriate depth and breadth of testing is achieved when assessing the security posture of your web application.

What Are The First Stages Of Web Application Testing?

Each organisationā€™s security concerns are different. Because of this, LRQA Nettitude will tailor an appropriate testing strategy to your organisationā€™s requirements. We offer many types of attack simulation, each with its own points of merit. Before commencing any of these techniques, it is important to identify primary security concerns so that our experts can accurately evaluate the overall security posture of the web application.

The first step to securing your web application is meeting with a LRQA Nettitude web application penetration testing expert for an in-depth consultation. After studying your requirements, our team can create a strategy appropriate to your security aims.

Technical Delivery

To be effective, tests must examine a large amount of information in great detail. LRQA Nettitude achieves this by using manual and automated tools and techniques. The toolsets may be well-configured off the shelf software or custom made tools, depending on the task at hand.

LRQA Nettitudeā€™s testing process develops from initial discovery exercises to in-depth exploitation tests. The methodology can be broken down into the following steps:

  • Reconnaissance and threat intelligence gathering
  • Enumeration
  • Vulnerability Discovery
  • Exploitation
  • Post Exploitation
Once the full attack surface has been mapped, our team will discern and exploit vulnerabilities.

Weaknesses in a web applicationā€™s design, implementation, and operation are analysed and exploited in a standard web application penetration test. LRQA Nettitude goes far beyond basic lists such as the OWASP Top 10 and ensures that all possible threat-points are analysed.

By examining how a web application functions from an end-user perspective, LRQA Nettitude can uncover flaws previously overlooked. Before the test begins, priority is given to the system flaws which directly impact the security concerns of the organisation.

Through this technique, LRQA Nettitude can uncover methods of remote code execution and advanced data exfiltration, even in commercial web applications. LRQA Nettitude specialises in identifying application attack chains that can eliminate the risk caused by many smaller system flaws.

Reporting And Output

Every web application penetration test should result in clear and actionable output. LRQA Nettitude delivers a management report and a technical report at the end of each engagement. The management report is designed for a business audience. It describes the engagement in terms of risk in clear language. The technical report is typically longer and describes the findings in detail, along with appropriate remedial advice. These reports are subjected to a rigorous quality assurance process before being delivered to our clients.

At the request of the client prior to testing, LRQA Nettitude can tailor the web application penetration testing output to meet organisation specific requirements.

Remedial Advice

LRQA Nettitudeā€™s penetration testing specialists all have robust programming training and typically have professional developer backgrounds. This means your application is in expert hands who understand potential threats from the perspective of both a creator and a security specialist. It ensures that the advice given and the tests performed are useful and relevant.

Importantly, LRQA Nettitude will provide robust remedial advice for all levels of vulnerability. We understand that one of the most valuable parts of any engagement is working together to develop a preventative strategy. LRQA Nettitude consultants are on hand during and after the engagement to provide in-depth guidance on how to best secure your web application system.

Debriefs And Beyond

LRQA Nettitude understands that it is important to ensure all parties fully understand the findings and recommendations outlined in the reports. All web application penetration testing engagements come with a debrief or ā€˜readout.ā€™ The reports will be delivered prior to the debrief so that the organisation can digest the content and prepare any questions or thoughts in advance.

Frequently Asked Questions about Web Application Testing

What is penetration testing?

In penetration testing, our cybersecurity experts infiltrate your system using threat actor methods. This technique helps identify system vulnerabilities that would otherwise be hidden. Our ethical hacking team will expose these weaknesses, all while protecting your data from real cyber criminals. The LRQA Nettitude penetration testing team keeps up to date on all developments in penetration testing techniques so that you can receive the best service in the business.

What is web application security?

Having weak web application security leaves businesses vulnerable to threat actors. The field of web application security focuses on protecting the integrity of websites, web applications, and other web services by identifying and eliminating any vulnerabilities. At LRQA Nettitude, our experts use various penetration testing tools and methods such as cloud service testing to ensure that your web application is protected from the threat posed by cyber criminals. Get in touch for more information about our services.

Frequently Asked Questions about Data Privacy Security

What is an incident response policy?

An Incident response plan or policy is a process you create before you experience a cyberattack. This is so that your team has a procedure to follow when you do experience a data breach. LRQA Nettitude follows the CREST Cybersecurity Incident Response process which is broken down into 3 phases: preparation, response, and follow up. Having a breach plan gives you the confidence to quickly nullify any threat to your data privacy security.

Why is data privacy security important?

Although it has always been important, the implications and need for higher security are coming into play now that technology is indispensable to everyday life. Using apps, browsing websites, and shopping online are all examples of how your data will be stored and managed online. For organisations today, the threat of cyber theft is a pertinent one. Having comprehensive data privacy plans in place can reduce and mitigate the risks of such events.

Does LRQA Nettitude practice sustainability?

As a company with a global footprint, sustainability is an area of importance to us. We are a registered ā€˜Investor in Peopleā€™ organisation. Taking a cue from ISO 14001, we have strong sustainability practices put in place. Our organisation also hires fairly and equally, across gender and race. By working with us, you can rest assured that we implement data privacy security measures with ethics at the core of our mission.

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