Web Application Penetration Testing

Web application penetration testing is the best way to identify vulnerabilities and make sure your web apps are secure. By simulating a cyber attack, cybersecurity professionals can accurately identify weak spots and provide recommendations for remediation.

What is a web application penetration test?

Web application penetration testing is basically the same as penetration testing, but it’s focused specifically on web applications. In general, penetration testing involves using ethical hacking techniques to identify weak spots in an organization’s network. 

How do you test web application security?

ProCircular’s web application penetration test is a professional assessment that uses the perspective of an attacker to find web app security vulnerabilities or misconfigurations in a web application and its underlying infrastructure. During the web app penetration testing process, our team aims to break into the web application using methods a real-world hacker might use. After a penetration test, technicians can use insights to fix errors and prevent cyber attackers from accessing private systems and sensitive data.

What tools are used for web application penetration testing?

ProCircular’s web application penetration test is based on the OWASP Testing Methodology, and uses a combination of automated, manual, and proprietary analysis techniques to uncover critical security risks and vulnerabilities within a web application, its underlying web infrastructure, database configurations, and API Endpoints.

By intentionally exploiting a web application’s weak spots, our cybersecurity professionals collect practical insights, prioritized based on which fixes are most critical to protect the system against real threats.

ProCircular’s Web Application Security Testing Services

ProCircular takes a hands-on approach, combining manual exploitation techniques and the latest hardware and software tools to discover weaknesses in an application. 

Deliverables include an exhaustive web application security test, a prioritized list of the most critical risks, and a detailed roadmap of remediation suggestions. This assessment will provide insights and recommendations to fortify the security of your web application. 

What do I get?

Common Web Application Vulnerabilities

Web applications like content management systems, database administration tools and ecommerce systems are typically connected to large repositories of data that could include personal identification information, financial information and other sensitive data. Because of the high likelihood of finding valuable private data, web applications are high-priority targets for cyber criminals. 

Web application security testing involves a tailored approach to uncovering and mitigating security risks for these high-value assets.

What are common web app security vulnerabilities?

During the web application penetration testing process, cyber experts look for common web app security vulnerabilities such as:

  1. SQL Injection is when a perpetrator uses malicious SQL code to attempt to manipulate a backend database to reveal private information.
  2. Broken Authentication can be the cause of a myriad of web app security vulnerabilities and issues.
  3. Cross-site Scripting (XSS) is another method perpetrators use to attempt to access accounts and manipulate page content.
  4. Cross-site Request Forgery (CSRF) occurs when a malicious script or code is used to force a user’s browser to perform an unsolicited action — such as a transfer of funds.
  5. Security Misconfiguration is a general term for the many ways web servers and web applications can be set up in a way that makes them inherently vulnerable to cyber threats.

These are just a few examples of web app security vulnerabilities that could be leaving a web application exposed to cyber attacks.

How do you perform security testing on a web application?

First, we will have a project kick-off meeting to introduce ProCircular resources, review project scope, confirm project schedule, and answer any questions. Typically, web application penetration test engagements are completed six weeks after the project kick-off meeting, depending on the availability of the client and our engineers.

During testing, our engineers run through a web application penetration test checklist:

  1. Browse the application as an authenticated user to locate unintentional vulnerabilities or access points
  2. Isolate sensitive items and begin automated scans
  3. Evaluate and manually verify the results of the automated scans
  4. Use fuzzing of application functions and additional manual testing to find hidden vulnerabilities
  5. Confirm all discovered vulnerabilities and leverage them to gain control over the system or access restricted data

Our engineers document the findings, top risks, and recommendations into a final report. We meet in person to deliver the final report, and you’ll have the opportunity to discuss the most critical findings and recommendations with the project engineers.

We can also discuss your options for follow-up testing and remediation. You can choose to hire our team to take care of remediation, or you can proceed on your own, using your personnel to carry out our recommendations.

Partner with ProCircular for Web App Penetration Testing

If you’re looking for a qualified penetration testing company in Iowa, trust ProCircular. Headquartered in Coralville, we proudly partner with leading organizations across the entire Midwest. We are equipped to conduct a thorough assessment of the most common and hazardous vulnerabilities hidden within your web applications. 

When you partner with ProCircular, you’ll receive a detailed and prioritized report of risks and actionable steps to strengthen those weak points.