Information security is a multi-layered process. In addition to host and network security, web application security is becoming more important by the day. More business services, both internal and client-facing, are moving to the web. In fact, according to the latest Verizon Data Breach Investigation Report, more data breaches begin with a web application compromise than in any other way. No matter what operating system your security team’s infrastructure depends on, you need a solution that addresses the need for web-focused vulnerability management and scanning.
Microsoft Windows remains a popular choice for both servers and desktops in both small businesses and larger enterprises. Many security teams depend on Microsoft Windows to run security tools of all kinds from network vulnerability scanners like Nessus, Nexpose Community Edition, and Open Vulnerability Assessment System (OpenVAS) to penetration testing tools like Metasploit. Acunetix for Windows gives you the power to take charge of your web application security from your existing Windows environment.
Purpose-Built for Web Application Vulnerability Scanning
To ensure that your web application security posture is as strong as possible, you need a security tool built specifically to scan web applications. Open-source and proprietary network security tools like Nessus, Nexpose, and OpenVAS have some web application checks, but they were designed for the purpose of network vulnerability tests. They do not provide the deep crawling and scanning features that give your business confidence that you are finding critical issues in your web applications. On the other hand, Acunetix integrates fully with OpenVAS so it can additionally act as a network scanner.
Best-In-Class Vulnerability Assessment
Every version of Acunetix – Microsoft Windows, Linux, or Online – features our best-in-class web application vulnerability scanning. DeepScan technology brings you unmatched crawling capabilities, giving you the confidence that the scanner has found every page of your web application, whether it is custom-built software or an instance of a popular open source or commercial CMS. It features the most advanced detection of SQL Injection and Cross-site Scripting (XSS) on the market, including detection of DOM-based XSS that plague modern web applications with sophisticated client-side functionality. Acunetix also identifies common web server configuration issues, which are important because even a well-designed web application can only be as secure as the server on which it is installed. And, from top to bottom, it gives you trustworthy results with minimal false positives.
The Flexibility You Need
Acunetix for Windows gives you the flexibility to install it wherever your security team’s infrastructure demands. If you depend on Microsoft Windows images located in a virtual environment or on a private cloud platform, you can deploy Acunetix that way. Just spin up a dedicated virtual machine or install it on the analyst’s existing Windows image and they can get to work. If an analyst or a penetration tester needs to work from a standalone Windows machine instead, no problem. Either way, you can be sure that you are getting the deepest, most accurate web security scanning on the market. If your security team depends on Microsoft Windows to get things done, the Windows desktop version of Acunetix can help you reach your web application security goals.
Frequently asked questions
You need a network scanner if you have resources located on your company premises that are exposed to the public, for example, if you have your own web server, an email server, etc. If you host your websites outside, if you use cloud services, and if you just have a local network passively using the Internet, a network scanner will do very little to improve your security.
You cannot compare a web vulnerability scanner with a network scanner. They address completely different problems and they work in a different way. A web vulnerability scanner comprehensively verifies the safety of your websites and web applications while a network scanner checks for missing patches and misconfigurations only.
Acunetix is available for Windows, Linux, and as a cloud solution (online). It scans your web applications no matter what operating system they are hosted on. Acunetix not only checks the security of the application but also the configuration of your web server (on all operating systems).
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“We use Acunetix as part of our Security in the SDLC and to test code in DEV and SIT before being promoted to Production.”Kurt Zanzi, Xerox CA-MMIS Information Securtiy Office, Xerox