Web App Security Testing (2018 UPDATE )

Application security testing is a process that is performed with the intention of revealing flaws in security mechanisms and finding the vulnerabilities or weaknesses of software applications. Recent security breaches of systems, underscore the importance of ensuring that your security testing efforts are up to date.

The prime objective of security testing is to find out how vulnerable a system may be and to determine whether its data and resources are protected from potential intruders. Online transactions have increased rapidly of late making security testing as one of the most critical areas of testing for such web applications. Security testing is more effective in identifying potential vulnerabilities when performed regularly.


Normally, security testing has the following attributes:

  • Authentication
  • Authorization
  • Confidentiality
  • Availability
  • Integrity
  • Non-repudiation
  • Resilience

System testing, in the current scenario, is a must to identify and address web application security vulnerabilities to avoid any of the following:

  • Loss of customer trust
  • Disturbance to your online means of revenue generation/collection
  • Website downtime, time loss and expenditures in recovering from damage (reinstalling services, restoring backups, etc.)
  • Cost associated with securing web applications against future attacks
  • Related legal implications and fees for having lax security measures in place