The modern cybersecurity threat landscape continuously changing. One of the most popular ways for organizations to keep up with the onslaught of security vulnerabilities is through Penetration Testing (pen testing).
Penetration testing, also known as “Pen-Testing” or “Ethical hacking” is a process in which a skilled penetration tester conducts a series of tests using penetration testing software which is then likely combined into a report and sent to development teams to fix vulnerabilities found by a pen tester.
While manual security testing provides organizations with thorough point in time security assessment, unfortunately, manual penetration tests are time consuming, expensive, only provide point-in-time security assessment (not continuous), and does not provide a scaleable approach when organizations have several hundreds or even thousands of web applications to test.
Fortunately, automated penetration testing tools like Acunetix web vulnerability scanner allow organizations to scan anywhere from a handful to thousands of web applications quickly, cost effectively and, most importantly, continuously. Pen Testers are able to leverage the pros of automation for their web penetration testing freeing up their time for more important manual tests.
Industry leading technology coverage
Speed without sacrificing flexibility
Additionally, unlike many other web and network penetration software, 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 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 pen testing or when scanning enormous web applications with time restrictions.
Integrations with third-party penetration testing software make it easy to move between automatic and manual testing for advanced users who need it. Moreover, vulnerabilities Acunetix discovers may be exported to a wide variety of industry leading Web Application Firewalls (WAFs) such as Imperva SecureSphere and F5 Big-IP ASM.
Easy reporting and Issue Tracker integration
Another issue that Acunetix solves over other web application security software 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,
- Microsoft Team Foundation Server (TFS).
We use both Apache and IIS servers and technologies including PHP, .NET, C, Perl and Java, for which we have found Acunetix to be very effective. We also find it very well priced in comparison to its competitors.