Automated Security Testing

In the threat landscape, new attacks are emerging every day, each even more powerful than before. 84% of companies have high-risk vulnerabilities on their network perimeter as of 2020.

Security testing is the only way to ensure that your applications remain flawless. With proactive security testing, you can avoid accidental leakages, modifications, and unauthorized usage of customer data.

What is Security Testing?

Security testing is an umbrella term for a broad spectrum of testing initiatives that are carried out to ensure the proper functioning of an application. It covers the different layers of an information system such as infrastructure, network, and database to keep the application safe from exploitable vulnerabilities.

5 Essential Considerations for Choosing Automated Security Testing Tools

Conventional testing does not provide instantaneous feedback and security alerts for the development teams. Also, organizations are turning to automated security testing to meet today’s speed-to-market requirements.

Most organizations have tried security testing automation with varying levels of success. There are several reasons when it comes to failing to achieve the potential benefits of security testing both management and technical.

Here are a few factors to consider which influence the success of automating security testing:

Selecting the Right Automation Tools

When it comes to automated security tests or scans, the success of a scan largely depends on the type of tool you use to run the scans. The options available to the organization include commercial as well as open-source tools. However, open-source tools may lack the advanced technology and customer service of a commercial one. Before choosing the tool that fits your organization, evaluate your choices carefully against your requirements.

Choosing the Right Vendor

Choosing the right security testing vendor can be a challenging process. The cybersecurity market is flooded with numerous vendors, each promising multiple and advanced technology. You must evaluate each vendor against technology and business criteria before settling on one. The questions to ask with security vendors include:

  • What testing methodologies and techniques do they offer?
  • Do they align with your security testing requirements?
  • Does the vendor offer continuous remediation and technical support?

Vendor reputation, track record, adaptability, and innovation are a few other critical factors you must consider. Lastly, price is a crucial decision-making factor.

Reporting & Analysis

Reporting is a key feature in security testing. The tool you choose must provide a comprehensive report that points out the exact failures in the script, with enough detailed evidence. For instance, consider the screenshot of Indusface’s Web Application Scanner.

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In addition, the report must be extractable in different formats. The security testing process is not just an inactive evaluation of your IT assets. Fixing the vulnerabilities is just as important as discovering them. The testing report must highlight actionable steps to fix the vulnerabilities discovered.

Ensure that the tool you selected has a built-in, comprehensive reporting feature.

Minimize False Positives and Save Time

False positives are fake vulnerabilities that are incorrectly reported as real vulnerabilities, otherwise known as false alarms. False alarms make up about 40% of the total alerts that security teams receive each day. Too many false positives in the final results are often overwhelming. And that takes up the time of testers and developers as they need to sort through the errors and make corrections.

An effective security testing tool should ensure zero false positives in its testing results.

Ease of Maintenance

The right tool is easy to install and simplifies maintenance. It must also support a broad range of test automation use cases, including native, web, mobile, desktop, and database. In addition, users of any skill level must be able to execute robust test automation flows with minimal training and support.

Conclusion

The right automated testing tool is the difference between a good vulnerability assessment and a great one. While there are many recommendations for the best tools, each tool is different and what works for someone else may not necessarily work for your organization. So, do your research while keeping the above-mentioned factors in mind and find the tool that fits your company’s requirements. Still unclear about which security testing tool to choose, test your web applications with Indusface’s WAS, give high priority to critical vulnerabilities, and get experts’ support to fix them!

Vinugayathri is a Senior content writer of Indusface. She has been an avid reader & writer in the tech domain since 2015. She has been a strategist and analyst of upcoming tech trends and their impact on the Cybersecurity, IoT, and AI landscape. She is a content marketer simplifying technical anomalies for aspiring Entrepreneurs.