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Web Application Penetration Testing

Web applications deliver accessible and powerful services to consumers and businesses throughout the world. At the heart of modern banking, e-commerce and cloud-based IT provision, they are an attractive and easy target for cyber criminals. In common with all software, web applications contain vulnerabilities which can be exploited by a hacker to steal confidential information directly or to create a transmission platform to infect another computer with malware.

Penetration testing or ethical hacking is a key technical audit tool for the risk assessment of a software application. A web application penetration test is designed to identify security weaknesses which have been unknowingly added by software developers as they design, code and publish their software.

What is a web application penetration test?

Performed with the permission of the software owner, our web application penetration testing service uses a series of automated and manual processes to identify vulnerabilities and demonstrate how they can be used to facilitate a cyber attack. Measures and controls to prevent or mitigate the impact of an attack are recommended for each major vulnerability. This information is delivered in a Penetration Test Report which is used as a practical guide to improve the security of the software application. It is also used to meet the organisational requirements for compliance to standards such as the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) and ISO 27001.

Penetration test report

Our Web Application Penetration Test Report includes an overview of the tests performed, an executive management summary, a technical summary and a technical detail section. The Common Vulnerability Scoring System (CVSS) describes the principal characteristics of a vulnerability and defines a numerical score reflecting its potential severity of impact. Remedial activities that prevent or mitigate the cyber exploits associated with each vulnerability are identified and linked to references that provide further detailed background information.

Our Team

The Wizard Cyber penetration testing service is delivered by an experienced team who are certified by CREST (the Council of Registered Security Testers) and have over 15 years of combined experience in the field of information assurance and penetration testing. They are guided by the best practice testing methodology as published by OWASP, OSSTMM, CVSS and the SANS Institute.

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The benefits of a web application penetration test

  • Develop and support strong authentication and access control
  • Identify common software vulnerabilities that include SQL injection and XSS
  • Prevent unauthorised access to web servers and databases
  • Ensure cyber security is assessed at each stage of the software development life cycle
  • Ensure compliance to data security standards that include PCI DSS and ISO 27001

Penetration Testing Process

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    Scoping

    → Assessment of requirements and objectives for the web application or web site

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    Reconnaissance

    → Manual and automated information gathering to validate details of the scope

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    Assessment

    → Automated Scanning – vulnerability assessment using scanner applications
    → Manual Testing – individual simulated attacks by qualified penetration tester

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    Documentation

    → Full report on vulnerabilities and recommended remedial activity

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    Improvement

    → Remedial activity is implemented, and the test is repeated to check the effectiveness of the new controls

OWASP Web Application Testing Categories

Testing methodology

The Wizard Cyber penetration testing team use the OSSTMM guidelines to deliver a comprehensive and standards-based testing programme. Our testing methodology is based on the industry-standard Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP) Testing Guide v4.

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    Information Gathering

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    Configuration Management
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    Secure Transmission
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    Authentication
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    Session Management

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    Authorisation

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    Data Validation
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    Cryptography
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    File uploads
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    Denial of Service
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    Payments
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    Error Handling

Why use Wizard Cyber for network penetration testing?

  • Experienced Consultants – With over 15 years combined corporate expertise in the field of information assurance & penetration testing
  • Bespoke penetration testing – We will develop a test that fits your business needs
  • Testing Tools – We use open source and commercial tools and our own testing apps developed by our in-house software development team
  • Fully accredited – Certified by CREST and with qualifications from EC Council, Offensive Security and SANS
  • Reporting – Clear and easy to understand reports including recommendations for remediation and improvement
  • Fair Pricing – Fixed price proposals with fully detailed project scope and no unexpected costs

To find out how Wizard Cyber can help you, enter your details in the form and we’ll get in touch.

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