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What is the meaning of Security Testing?

A testing type of software testing that reveals vulnerabilities, pitfalls, and pitfalls in a software operation prevents vicious attacks from interfering. The purpose of security tests is to spot all possible loopholes and sins of the software system which results in a loss of information, profit, or reputation at the hands of the workers or outlanders of the association.It's about discovering all possible faults of the system, which might affect the loss of data or information of an organization.

Security Testing helps detect all possible security pitfalls in the system and assists inventors in fixing these problems through coding.

Security testing is essential to safe Data records lost and stolen by other industries. Click to explore about our, Testing in DevOps Techniques and Tools

What are the various types of it?

The below highlighted are the different types of security testing:

Cross-Site Scripting

The tester should additionally check the application for Cross-site scripting. Attackers can implement this technique to execute malicious scripts or URLs on a victim's browser. Using cross-site scripting, attackers can use scripts such as JavaScript to steal user cookies and information stored in the cookies.

Ethical Hacking

Ethical hacking means being performed by a company or existent to help identify implicit pitfalls in a network of computers. An ethical hacker tries to bypass the system's security and look for any vulnerability that vicious hackers, aka Black headdresses, could exploit. White headdresses may suggest changes to systems that make them less likely to be entered by black lids.

Password Cracking

It is the most critical part while doing system testing. To approach the private areas of an operation, hackers can use a word-cracking tool or guess a common username/ word. Common usernames and passwords are available online, along with open-source word-cracking operations. Until a web operation enforces a complex word, it's easy to crack the username and password. Another way of cracking the word is if the username/ password is to target cookies if cookies are stored without encryption.

Penetration Testing

Penetration testing is an attack on a computer system with the motive of
Discovering security loopholes, potentially gaining access to it, its

Risk Assessment

It is a process of assessing and deciding on the threat involved with the type of loss and the possibility of vulnerability circumstances. Different interviews, conversations, and analyses determine this within the association.

Security Auditing

A security check is an organized overview of the security of an organization's data/information system by calculating how well it conforms to a set of established criteria.

Security Scanning

Security Scanner is a program that works with a web application at the beginning of the web to identify security threats in web applications, OS, and networks.

SQL Injection

The following scenario should be tested for SQL injection. Entering a single quotation (') into any text box should not be accepted. Instead, if the tester detects a site error, the user input is inserted into another query that the application uses. If so, the application is at risk of SQL injection.

SQL injection attacks are even worse, as attackers can find important information on the server's website. To check SQL injection points in your application, find the code in your codebase where specific MySQL queries are applied to the site by accepting specific user input.

Vulnerability Scanning

The automated system automatically detects the security risks of the computer systems in the network to determine where the system can be exploited and/or threatened.

Posture Assessment

This defines the overall security structure of the organization; it is a combination of Ethical hacking, Security scanning, and Risk Assessment.

A process that continuously searches the web applications and the IT infrastructure for possible vulnerability and security risks. Click to explore about our, What is Continuous Security Testing?

Why do we need it?

The importance of it is highlighted below:

Data Security of Customer

A significant reason startups deploy testing in their development model is to take care of the products/ services standards.

These services very often collect and make extensive use of knowledge collected from the top clients/users. This is segregated into two parts, operational data, and data stored within the repositories. If any one of those data is compromised, it creates an enormous problem for the organization because the data becomes public, and it poses a threat of misuse of that data

Customer confidence Matters

Users give critical & sensitive data on these applications & platforms and often depend on online banking & payment platforms to make transactions. The various Security breaches, whether major or minor, may lead to a loss in customers' confidence, honesty, and the organization's reputation, ultimately affecting the revenue.

Increase Product quality

Debugging after a user has already encountered a problem is not just expensive. Still, it'll cost productivity, reputation, and consumer trust, and any startup can't afford to lose any of their very few customers. The latter is carefully analyzing what your product has to offer them.


The authentication will cover the outbreaks, which aim to the application methods of validating the user identity where the user account individualities will be thieved. The partial authentication will allow the attacker to access the functionality or sensitive data without performing the correct authentication.

A test that is done from an end-user perspective to detect malicious activities and attacks. Click to explore about our, Dynamic Application Security Testing

How to perform security testing?

The several stages for its testing are described below:

  • Requirement stage

The SDLC requirements phase performs a security analysis of business requirements to see which cases are operational and which are wasted.

  • Design stage

During the SDLC design phase, security tests are conducted to investigate the risk of the design and also embrace the security tests during the development of the test plan.

  • Development or coding stage

The SDLC coding phase runs white-box tests along with static and dynamic tests.

  • Testing (functional testing, integration testing, system testing) stage

During the SDLC testing phase, you need to perform a round of vulnerability scanning along with black-box testing.

  • Maintenance stage

within the Maintenance phase of SDLC, we'll do the impact analysis of impact areas.

Application security describes the security measures at the application level that secures the data or the code from being stolen. Click to explore about our, Application Security Checklist and Strategy

What are the best practices for it?

The best practices for security testing are:

Look for What Isn't There

Even if your application is built according to security and protection coding best practices, it still needs detailed testing before it is ready for release.

Test outside the public interface

It can often be a situation of forcing as many inputs through an application's API as possible. So it's much more important to test inputs that aren't coming from public interfaces, as this is the first place attackers will target for a "way in" to get your sensitive data.

Static Analysis

Static analysis scrutinizes without implementing the program. This allows developers to scrutinize every aspect of the software source code to identify bugs and backdoors that make an application vulnerable to attack.

Test Incident Response Procedures:

Do not delay until a security breach occurs to determine if the incident response procedure corresponds to the task. Let's run breach simulation exercises with any high-priority vulnerabilities identified during it. You can validate your organization's reaction to fixing the problem and developing and implementing the security patch.

A practice of implementing security at every step in the DevOps Lifecycle with DevSecOps Tools.Click to explore about our, DevSecOps Tools and Continuous Security

What are the best tools to perform it?

The best tools for security testing are listed below:

Burp Suite

Burp Suite is the world's most generally used web application security testing software. There are two versions – Burp Suite Professional for hands-on testers and Burp Suite Enterprise Edition with scalable automation and Continuous integration. Burp Suite is an integrated platform for the web application security testing.

IBM Security AppScan

IBM Security AppScan is a web application security testing product that reveals common attack patterns and vulnerabilities. A web application vulnerability scanner is designed to discover the most severe security vulnerabilities, such as cross-site scripting, SQL injection, and command injection.


Suitable for penetration testers and admins, Arachni is developed to identify security issues within a web application. The open-source security testing tool can uncover several vulnerabilities


OWASP is the most famous security community. Its easy-to-use interface makes it one of the easiest-to-use tools online.

Qualys Free Security Scan

Qualys online free scanner provides ten free scans of URLs or IPs of Internet-facing, local servers, or even machines. In the initial stage, we can access it via the web portal and then download their virtual machine software if running scans on your internal network.

A set of practices, which automate the build, test, and delivery processes making the processes faster and more reliable. Click to explore about our, What is DevSecOps?


Security breaches are one of the most significant hazards faced by various organizations today. There have been numerous data breaches, which puts the need for proper Continuous Security in place. Good security enhances a software product's use in the market and builds consumer trust.

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