A web application penetration test, more commonly known as a web app pentest, is an ethical hacking exercise where we stage a hacker-style attack on your web application in order to detect and analyze any security vulnerabilities that could be exploited by a real attacker.
Main goal of a web app pentest
The main goal of a web application penetration test is to help you understand your web app’s security posture – its strength and resilience against cyberattacks. We achieve this by emulating the tactics, techniques, and procedures (TTPs) of real-world attackers.
What are the benefits of conducting a web app pentest?
There are many benefits of conducting a web app pentest, including:
1. Understanding your web app’s security posture – its strengths and weaknesses against cyberattacks.
2. Identifying and mitigating vulnerabilities that could be exploited by a real attacker.
3. Enhancing the security of your web application.
4. Helps meet compliance requirements for industry-specific standards (e.g., PCI DSS).
How Does a Web App Pen Test Work?
A typical web app pen test will follow a standard methodology that helps us deliberately and systematically asses the security of your web application. This usually involves the following steps:
Reconnaissance & Information Gathering
In this phase, we collect as much information about your target web application as possible. This includes things like your application’s subdomains, DNS records, and server headers. We also try to find any sensitive information that might have been inadvertently left exposed online.
Discovery of Attack Surface
Once we have all the relevant information about your target web application, we move on to discovery where we identify all potential attack surface for the application. This includes things like URL parameters, authentication mechanisms, and cookies.
Analysis & Reporting
In this phase, we analyze all the data we’ve gathered during reconnaissance and discovery and present our findings in a comprehensive penetration testing report. This report includes an executive summary highlighting all critical risks along with detailed remediation guidance on how to fix these issues.
Our support for a Web App Pentest
If you’re looking to get a better understanding of your web app’s security posture, a web application penetration test is definitely something you should consider. By emulating the tactics, techniques, and procedures (TTPs) of real-world attackers, you can get actionable insights into where your weaknesses lie and how you can improve your overall security posture.
We offer a variety of pentesting services to suit your needs, from web application security pentests to API security pentests. Contact us today to learn more about our pentesting services and how we can help keep your data safe.