Web application penetration testing

The web application is any program that can be accessed through a web server (like Apache, IIS, etc.), but not necessarily with a web browser (like Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari, etc.). An appropriate example of web application includes portals for online banking, Web sites, which are managed by the content management system (such as Joomla, Mambo, WordPress, etc.), E-commerce websites, SVN, Web Services, etc.

Nowadays, web applications are also among the favorite targets of hackers who can use relatively simple vulnerabilities for getting access to confidential information. However, most often it is containing a valuable personal information, possession of which could lead to further damages.

Statistically, over 80% of all compromises are the result of exploited weaknesses in web applications. In many cases, the vulnerabilities that result in compromise, which entail serious breakthroughs are completely ignored by conventional and automatic testing methods. In other cases, vulnerabilities are identified but incorrectly considered inviolable because of the presence of protective technologies.

For example, a common misconception is that you can use queries with a specific parameter to eliminate all risks from injecting code into the database. The truth is that if the queries are not constructed properly, then often the exploitation is still possible. Another misconception is that Web Application Firewalls protect them from attacks. The truth is that their firewalls can only be configured to protect them against certain attacks, but are completely ineffective against new attack methods.

TAD GROUP`s Best Practice suggests that an organization should perform a web application test in addition to regular security assessments to ensure their protection.

The biggest risk that an organization can face is assuming that it is secure when in fact it is vulnerable.

TAD GROUP can take care of the permanent safety of your web applications!

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