One of the ways most organizations try to keep up with the onslaught of cybersecurity vulnerabilities is through regular Penetration Testing (pen testing). Penetration testing, also known as “Pen-Testing” is a process in which a skilled penetration tester conducts a series of tests to analyze the attack surface of one or more web applications.
Unfortunately, manual web application penetration testing only provides organizations with ‘point in time’ security assessment. Manual penetration tests are also time consuming, expensive and do not provide a scalable approach to discover critical vulnerabilities such as SQL Injection, Cross-site Scripting (XSS), Local File Inclusion (LFI) and Remote File Inclusion (RFI) — especially when changes to web applications’ source code are made on the daily.
Continuous automated web application security testing
Fortunately, automated web application security tools like Acunetix allow organizations to mimic a pentester’s testing methodologies to find attack vectors in web applications. Acunetix can run both on-demand as well as recurring scheduled scans to cover anywhere from a handful, to thousands of web applications quickly, cost effectively and, most importantly, continuously.
Integrate with other penetration testing solutions and WAFs
Integrations with third-party penetration testing software like PortSwigger BurpSuite and leading Web Application Firewalls (WAFs) make it easy to move between automatic and manual penetration testing for advanced users who need it.
Acunetix can also instantly generate a wide variety of technical and regulatory and compliance reports such as PCI DSS, HIPAA, OWASP Top 10 and several others. Additionally, Acunetix allows development teams to stop pouring through PDF and HTML reports with out of the box issue trackers such as Atlassian JIRA, GitHub and Microsoft Team Foundation Server (TFS).
Protiviti is into consulting. We use Acunetix for our application security engagements. Acunetix drastically reduces time and efforts spent on manual testing.