An application security assessment is used to identify potential security threats and weaknesses in applications. Those weaknesses can enable the execution of an attack which may affect the confidentiality, availability and integrity of the data in applications (e.g., unauthorized access, data changes, denial of service, etc.).

Applications are now a way of life for many, with apps being developed for smartphones, the web and servers. Essentially, they are a self-contained group of programs that have some sort of user interface, and they allow the user to do something.

What Happens When an Application Is Compromised? 

In some cases, very little. In other cases, a lot. If your application has sensitive data, such as payment information or usernames and passwords, a compromised application could mean compromising customer or employee data. In extreme cases, you could be fined heavily, and customers could no longer trust your product. 

What About Vulnerability Scans? 

Vulnerability scans have their place, and they can highlight some known weaknesses. And many cybercriminals simply scan for known weaknesses to exploit. But many weaknesses are not known, especially with custom pieces of software. And if you have a determined enough cybercriminal, there may be an exploit they can use to gain access to data. 

Penetration Testing for Apps 

Penetration testing provides a solid answer to those needing more than a simple vulnerability scan. It can highlight potential security flaws and risks to your organization, and it delivers a roadmap to address those flaws. 

Ultimately, penetration testing is part of business’s arsenal when it comes to defeating cybercriminals. At SIQ, we use a manual approach to replicate the steps that cybercriminals could take to compromise your application, and we have the biggest team in the region dedicated to finding out what flaws your software contains. Talk to us today to discover how application penetration testing can benefit your business and enhance your security.