With the modern cybersecurity threat landscape continuously changing, one of the best ways for organizations to keep up with the onslaught of security vulnerabilities is through penetration testing their websites and web applications for serious vulnerabilities such as SQL Injection and Cross-site Scripting (XSS). The most effective way of automating a lot of the work carried out in manual penetration testing is through the use of a black box vulnerability scanner.
Black box scanners work over the HTTP/HTTPS protocol and do not require access to the application’s source code. Moreover, since a black box web application vulnerability scanner does not know anything about the application it is attacking, it closely mimics the behaviour of a real attacker. This makes black box web vulnerability scanners ideal for automating web application security in large and complex organizations where manual vulnerability testing would not be able to scale quick enough to cope with the speed at which security issues are introduced within code.
Automated black box security scanners like Acunetix allow organizations to scan anywhere from a handful, to thousands of web applications and web services quickly, cost effectively and, most importantly, continuously.
Industry leading technology coverage
With Acunetix, security teams can setup scheduled automated black box scans, to test for thousands of web application vulnerabilities and web server misconfigurations.
Speed without sacrificing flexibility
Additionally, unlike many other external vulnerability scanners, Acunetix is lightning fast. With a re-engineered core, and a highly optimized crawler, every inch of Acunetix is tuned for speed and efficiency, allowing it to scan hundreds of thousands of web pages without breaking a sweat.
What’s more, Acunetix can save the progress of a scan mid way, pause it, and resume it later on from where it left off entirely automatically. This is a crucial for time boxed testing or when scanning enormous web applications with time restrictions.
Easy reporting and issue tracker integration
Another issue that Acunetix solves over some other web application security testing tools is the ability to instantly generate a wide variety of technical and regulatory and compliance reports such as PCI DSS, HIPAA, OWASP Top 10 and many others. Additionally, Acunetix allows users to export discovered vulnerabilities to Issue Trackers such as Atlassian JIRA, GitHub and Microsoft Team Foundation Server (TFS).
We use Acunetix as part of our Security in the SDLC and to test code in DEV and SIT before being promoted to Production.