Software Security Testing Services

Software Security Testing is Important!

There is a good chance that you are already personally on the receiving end of a breach – Equifax. Your SS #, home address, phone number, etc., are likely being funneled around the dark web to multiple bidders. This is real and the reason that software security testing really is important!

Equifax is the latest high-visibility security failure example, with half the U.S. population affected. But that breach is hardly an isolated event. Yahoo, Verizon, Republican National Committee, OneLogin (with compromised API keys) have all been victims. And this list goes on and on.

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What is YOUR risk if your application is compromised? Who stands to gain? Who stands to lose? And how much? Equifax’s CEO, CIO and Chief Security Officer just resigned.

The reality is that methods and tools for exploiting security vulnerabilities are growing, compliments of explosive internet growth due to mobile phones, IoT, and untold numbers of API-driven online services. And if the risk/reward of a security breach defense is not properly balanced, it could negatively, and possibly irreversibly, affect a customer base, and damage an organization.

Software Security Testing is Hard

Perhaps the greatest challenge to security testing in software testing is the evolving security environment itself, which represents a threatening, constantly moving target. The relationship of security threats to internet growth is not linear. While the internet and the ways that applications and users connect continues to expand, so too do the methods and opportunities for hackers to exploit these interconnected vulnerabilities.

You might say your company and its services are well protected. However, in a situation where outside application clients and networks will be accessing your application, via traditional HTTPs, API or otherwise, integration of disparate systems, and their interoperability, can leave security gaps that can be exploited through any number of nefarious means (e.g., Cross Site Scripting (XSS), SQL Injection, Cross-Site Request Forgery (CSRF)).

Security Testing in software testing done right requires investment, resources, and time. XBOSoft conducted a Software Security Survey to learn where testers and their organizations stand in terms of security testing focus and readiness (https://xbosoft.com/software-security-risks-survey-results-2016/). Organizations across a wide variety of industries were represented in the results, providing clear evidence that software security is a universal issue. Some key take-a-ways from the Survey were:

  • About half of the companies surveyed identified that they had experienced a security breach of some sort, and about half of those respondents noted that it affected their customers (i.e. customer information was compromised).
  • When asked if there was a specific person responsible for software and network security, one-third either said there was not or that they weren’t sure.
  • Half of the respondents said there were no clear security objectives in developing their software.
  • A lack of security focus was typically observed in smaller companies that either lack the foresight or the money to sustain the additional administrative overhead associated with implementation of security policies.

Based on our observations, and human nature, it seems that many organizations are challenged to determine when to make the move to developing and implementing more serious software security measures. No one wants to spend money in support of an undefined, invisible problem that might not occur.

Software Security Testing Services Explained

Before implementing any software security testing services, it’s worth knowing the basic principles and intended outcomes. The ideal provider offers a combination of static and dynamic testing services designed to evaluate your software from both foundational and functional standpoints — does the software perform as designed? Are software operations or application calls opening potential avenues of risk?

Typically, software security testing is broken down into several broad categories:

  • Manual Testing— Using advanced penetration software testing techniques and scanning tools, our experts seek software vulnerabilities to identify potential weak points.
  • Dynamic Testing— Automated processes are used to quickly assess software risk and discover if your applications contain issues such as SQL injection or XSS flaws.
  • System Software Testing— Also worth testing: Your basic systems software, such as operating systems, database systems, and network applications.
  • Application Testing— Client-side and server-side application testing are necessary to ensure that both admins and end-users are operating in a secure software environment.

XBOSoft is the Expert in Penetration Testing Software!

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In over 10 years in the business of software testing, a key tenet of our work effort is ensuring our ability to provide safe, secure solutions across our full spectrum of service offerings. With this in mind, our core foundation of test services possesses aggressive security testing components that can be included as part of our automated test and performance test services or be run as a standalone service.

Our team of Software Security Testing specialists possess extensive experience dealing with clients across a broad spectrum, from Fortune 500 companies to startups and niche technology players in a diverse set of business.  Specifically, we have performed Information Security consulting and Enterprise Risk Assessments across industries such as Banking & Finance, Manufacturing, Telecom, and Information Technology.  Our team’s certifications include Certified Ethical Hackers (CEH), Information Security and Ethical Hacking (ISEH), Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), and Offensive Security Certified Professional (OSCP).

Here is what we can do at XBOSoft

XBOSoft Software Security Testing Services serve to drastically reduce risk in the critical security areas deemed as most vulnerable by OWASP’s Top 10 Security Vulnerabilities, for web applications as well as API application calls. We employ manual and automated testing utilizing a variety of industry-leading tools and methods to identify exploits. Once evaluated, our team provides actionable recommendations to eliminate the identified vulnerabilities.

XBOSoft supports these tests by staying abreast of industry advancements in security vulnerabilities and their elimination. Our security team uses the best-in-class penetration testing software that covers Web Applications, Perimeter Network Environments, and Internal Network Environments. XBOSoft supports these tests by staying abreast of industry advancements in security vulnerabilities and methods for their elimination, including, but not limited to, evaluation of OWASP top 10 security threats.

With our Web Application Vulnerability Assessment, XBOSoft brings together a number industry-recognized tools and techniques that will result in a comprehensive security review of the web application under test.  XBOSoft’s API Security Testing Service supports similar penetration testing software and test evaluations, but specifically targeted at API-based data calls and their associated vulnerabilities. XBOSoft’s Security Testing Services, carried out by our certified experts, will not only provide a comprehensive assessment of your current security environment, but will also provide clear, actionable recommendations for addressing all identified security vulnerabilities.

If you are looking to start a security testing program, are looking to elevate the protection levels of your current security initiatives, or are looking to simply verify the level of current security protection, XBOSoft can help!  We provide a systematic way to evaluate your security environment, organize and execute penetration tests, evaluate your environment, and, for any identified vulnerabilities, we will define actionable solutions. XBOSoft services easily scale and customize, from a quick general review to a comprehensive security assessment.

Ready to get started? Talk to our experts today about a security software test, and let us help design the ideal roadmap to improve your products’ defense.

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