Web Application Penetration Testing

Proactive testing is the primary strategy to help prevent incidents before they happen. Preserve corporate image and customer loyalty: find out how we can help your organisation.

Security Testing for competitive advantage:

A powerful tool

A penetration test is a form of ethical hacking where an authorised individual attempts to find gaps in the security of an organisation’s IT infrastructure, applications or processes with view to testing accessibility to crucial assets. The purpose is to review the robustness of security and provide management with an assessment of the cyber health and risks involved for an organisation. As web applications form the backbone of most digital organisations, a security gap or breach can have devastating flow-on effects. Gridware’s security consultants help organisations review their application development projects before and after go-live, thus helping validate the efficacy of security controls and determine what needs to be done to bolster them.

Cyber incidents undo years of efforts​

Data breach and cyber crimes are the corporate nightmare of today: the dreaded scenario no one wants to face but many inevitably do. A PwC report in 2020 highlighted that 85% of customers no longer want to do business with a company if they are worried about its data practices. Each cyber incident that compromises a company’s image can be costly, negatively affecting sales and ruining reputations.

Gridware: Leaders in Pen Testing Services

As a leading Web Application penetration testing company in Australia, Gridware is marked by its unique approach to ethical hacking, red team activities and penetration testing services. Gridware utilises best practice guidelines and proprietary methods that offer a robust examination of existing security and processes. With penetration testers in Sydney and Melbourne and the ability to offer our services country-wide, we’ve rapidly developed depth of experience and an enviable list of commercial and government clients.

We are proud to be CREST (Council for Registered Ethical Security Testers) Certified, demonstrating that Gridware is a leading in penetration testing in Australia. We employ the highest quality cybersecurity talent in the market, and continue to offer our clients results that speak for themselves and have averted cyber attacks, financial loss and reputational damage.

The Gridware Web Application Penetration Testing Approach

Our approach helps rapidly and efficiently determine the extent to which your network and assets can defend against cyber threats by testing them against common exploits and vulnerabilities. We perform our testing from the perspective of an attacker, utilising in-house tools, vulnerability scanning and manual scripts to emulate attack incidents. 

  • Information Gathering
We conduct reconnsaisance using open-source intelligence (OSINT) techniques to identify sensitive design and configuration information of the application, systems, and organisation that is exposed both directly (on the organisation’s website) or indirectly (on a third party website). This is acheived by fingerprinting the webserver, analysis of available metadata for information leakage, and enumeration of the application and its directories.
  • Port Scanning
We scan and map common and un-common ports on webservers to identify services exposed to the internet for potential attack vectors that may exist within your environment.
  • Analysis and Reporting
We undertake data analytics on the results, and provide them (as well as a detailed exploitation report identifying any vulnerabilities) to management.
  • Vulnerability Analysis
Combining automated scans and manual tests, we work to discover flaws in the system and application which can be leveraged by an attacker. In this phase, we undertake deep-analysis of vulnerabilities via tasks such as banner-grabbing, HTTP header analysis, brute-forcing of login pages and examination of web forms to identify locations in the application that may be open for exploitation.
  • Exploitation
We look at how effective your existing countermeasures are at preventing exploitation. This is accomplished with attempts to establish access to a system or resource by bypassing security restrictions and weaknesses in the design and development of your application. This sometimes encompasses user privilege escalation where available in your application and includes a range of techniques such as, advanced SQL injection and cross-site scripting (XSS).

Game-changing:

Key Benefits

Web application security testing helps organisations proactively take preventive action to avoid the cost of downtime, financial loss and reputational damage associated with web applications that become compromised. It can be a game-changing move in helping organisations take their systems from below-average to strategically in tune with the latest threats and challenges in cybersecurity.

  • Independent verification of a web application’s risk / security profile
  • Mitigation of key risks associated with said application
  • Avoid costly data breaches, fines and irreparable reputational damage
  • Compliance with local legislation
  • Build the right cybersecurity and awareness culture within an organisation
  • Give customers the confidence they need to use your technology

Web application penetration testing is a proactive way of shaping mature cybersecurity strategies by testing systems and processes before something can go wrong. 

Gridware is proud to be CREST (Council for Registered Ethical Security Testers) certified.

Web App Penetration Testing FAQs

A penetration test (or pen test) is a series of intentional attempts to gain unauthorised access through the use of specialised tools available to attackers and professionals. It is like a stress test for your business systems and applications. It assess the integrity of your business ensuring confidential data is secure, access permissions are appropriate, and that applications are compliant with the latest patches and free from vulnerability of exploits.

A web application penetration test is a security assessment conducted on an organisation’s web application to help identify and mitigate potential security threats that would otherwise be used by hackers to exploit it for malicious purposes.

All business applications, even when used in the cloud, are subject to vulnerabilities and exploits. It’s only a matter a time before commonly used applications are compromised and then subsequently patched. We need to check that the patch management process is keeping up with the latest developments, and that they are being patched against exploits. The cloud will only act as a host and cannot guarantee the integrity of any application it hosts.

 

Penetration tests should be conducted by an external service provider to ensure there is no bias in the testing, that it is run independently from the business by technical experts who are familiar with the latest developments in exploits and both international and industry standards.

 

Customer Stories

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