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Web Application Penetration Testing

Web applications form the backbone of most digital organisations. A security gap or breach could have devastating flow-on affects to your company’s reputation and bottom line. Gridware’s ethical hacking team have worked with a number of global brands to review their application development projects before and after go-live.

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It’s time you maximise the security of your digital transformation.

Gridware’s penetration testing team actively works to reduce the attack surface of your applications to stop known and unknown attacks from eventuating

What We Know

400 Attacks Per Day

Attack trends show 87% of public facing web applications face over 100 cross-site scripting attacks and 400 SQL injection attacks on a typical day.¹

Biggest Targets

Banks, e-commerce, health, education and technology industries face the highest percentage of attacks than any other industry.²

Average Application Exploited 200 Days

Hacker spend on average 200 days inside your application’s network after gaining access before they decide to ransom your data or sell the exploit to the highest bidder.³

Our web application penetration testing methodology

  • Information Gathering

    We will spend a few days attempting to identify existing or potential vulnerabilities for all fields, objects, commands, code perimeters, forms and buttons across the application using the OWASP source code best practice guidelines.

  • Threat Modelling

    Our engineers will attempt to transmit data across the application using the available assets (such as fields and buttons) and then map potential threats to the available attack vectors within your environment.

  • Vulnerability Analysis

    We will work to discover flaws in the system and application which can be leveraged by an attacker. We will undertake tasks such as banner grabbing, flaw scanning, brute forcing, looking for common and uncommon vulnerabilities and exploits.

  • Exploitation

    We try to establish access to a system or resource by bypassing security restrictions. This sometimes includes user privilege escalation where available in your application. We also look at how effective your existing countermeasures are at preventing exploitation.

Combining Best Practices with PTES and OSSTM

All security assessments performed by Gridware are conducted in accordance with industry leading methodologies, such as the ISO 27001 (Information Security Management) standard, Penetration Testing Execution Standard (PTES) and others covered under the Open Source Security Testing Methodology (OSSTM). These tests are conducted in conjunction with our in-house tools and practices to ensure you receive the highest quality results and insights in this engagement.

The Benefits and Deliverables

To make it easy for our customers, we’ve broken down the benefits of web application penetration testing by looking at their specific pain points. We have also provided a clear list of all the deliverables customers get from testing engagements and the benefits of teaming up with Gridware.

Your Benefits

  • Feel confident that gaps are found and mitigated
  • Reduce risk of a data breach
  • Protect against financial loss
  • Protect against fines
  • Boost your reputation
  • Improve performance of your application
  • Have a competitive advantage against competition
  • Reduce the likelihood of business disruption

  • Use of latest generation tools with requiring licenses
  • Dedicated days of manual testing by experts
  • Detailed forensic report
  • Instructions on how to resolve gaps and bugs
  • Recommendations for improvement
  • Reverification testing is always included
  • Final report detailing all issues that have been resolved
  • Assurance letter for clients or Government
Why Choose Gridware

  • We put the customer first
  • Superior findings and quality reports
  • Our testers are all CREST certified
  • Gridware has a vigorous selection process for testers resulting in Australia’s most talented testing team
  • Our team regularly participate in bug bounty challenges
  • We have worked with global brands such as Nikon & GE
  • Australian based team that can come onsite

Don’t be caught asleep! 85% of Customers
will never do business with you again

Don’t become another number. Preserve your company reputation and customer loyalty by investing in security. Trust is something that needs to be earned. A recent report by PwC showed 85% of consumers will not do business with a company if they are not confident about its security. Recent figures show that by 2021, more than 5000 Australian companies would have suffered a data breach.

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Are you ready for a quick win?

Keep your Board and senior management happy by using our world-class talent to help you close gaps and ensure the integrity of your customer data and information. Gridware has extensive experience preventing cyber breaches before they occur. Our team are recognised as some of Australia’s best. With headquarters in Sydney, Australia – our team services companies nation-wide with a presense in Melbourne and Brisbane.


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Web Application Penetration Testing FAQs

Why should penetration testing be done by a service provider?

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.

What are the types of penetration tests that can be done?

Gridware regularly conducts external penetrations tests, from the perspective of an attacker, internal penetration testing, from the perspective of a rouge employee after restricted information and network and firewall tests to ensure the integrity of your infrastructure. We also recommend running regular penetration testing on Wireless (wifi) networks as well as testing remote social engineering in electronic attacks such as phishing or directed human effort at compromising your systems.

Are your penetration testers certified?

All our penetration testers are qualified to conduct penetration tests and are certified ethical hackers CREST, CISSP, ISO 27001 Auditors, GSEC, GWAPT and CEH.

We already run vulnerability scans and antivirus, why should be conduct a penetration test?

Regular scans will only check and ‘compare’ to data that is often outdated or no longer applicable with the latest developments in the security industry. You need to ‘do as they do’ and perform tests from the perspective of an attacker with the tools attackers utilise to bypass your defences.

My business uses cloud applications, why is a penetration test still required?

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.

How much does penetration testing cost?

The cost of penetration testing will depend on the systems, infrastructure and complexity of your business applications. In our experience, most companies in Sydney and Melbourne look into undertaking both external and internal penetration testing, as well as firewall configuration and policy reviews. In our experience, comprehensive testing can take between 3-12 days to complete, depending on a variety factors such as your industry and company size, which reflects into the commercial range $5,000 to $25,000.

How long does it take to do a penetration test?

Penetration testing will take 6-12 business days to complete. When less testing is required, or focused on single applications, systems or processes, testing can completed in 1-2 business days.

What do you check when you do a penetration test?

Gridware primarily looks for security vulnerabilities at the network and host level configurations. This is a fundamental step in ensuring your systems are not publicly accessible to unauthorised users. We also focus server/cloud configuration, email servers, and all major operation system and browser exploits that are commonly seen.

Why does my company need to do penetration tests?

Penetration testing is way of demonstrating reasonable efforts made to test the integrity of your business infrastructure and applications. It shows your company has put effort into protecting confidential and sensitive business data to regulators such as ASIC or AUSTRAC. With new legislation passing in Australia, businesses are required to demonstrate they’ve regularly checked their systems are compliant with the industry standards and that checks have been made to ensure there are no vulnerabilities which can be easily utilised by attackers.

What is a penetration test?

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.

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What Our Customers Say

  • "Gridware is the cybersecurity company that compeititors look up to. Knowing where the security gaps are within our applications before go-live gives us peace of mind that we are actively protecting our customer data. What differentiates Gridware from other companies is that when they start working, it is like we gain a valuable internal resource."

    IT Manager Nikon Australia
  • "With Gridware, we gained a valuable security partner to review our IT programs across various large projects across Australia. It saved us having to build our security expertise from scratch. They're flexible, thorough and quick with solutions. An agile vendor, one of the best we have worked with."

    Marsha Wilson Director, IT and Innovation
  • "Gridware is an intelligent company. The team has worked with us to identify and solve a number of cyber risks. It has been a pleasure working with Gridware."

    Mark Knowlton former CIO, Macquarie Bank
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