Ethical Hacking With A Security Scanner

Use the Netsparker web application security scanner and its ethical hacking software and tools to perform automated security scans on your web applications and identify security issues before malicious hackers find and exploit them.

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In popular culture, hacking is often associated with illicit and criminal activity. In fact there isn’t a day that passes by without the cyber security news outlets reporting another hack or massive security breaches. Hacking, however, is not a intrinsically nefarious discipline; it is simply a misunderstood term.

Hacking is the process of exploiting bugs and security issues in IT systems and web applications to identify security issues, alter their behaviour and overcome a problem or a restriction. In fact many ethical hackers resort to tools such as the Netsparker web application security scanner to automate their web penetration tests.

Automating Penetration Testing With Netsparker

A hacking tool such as the Netsparker online web vulnerability scanner assists security professionals and penetration testers to automate a huge chunk of their tasks during penetration testing. While automated ethical hacking software cannot replace the human intellect, it can do what a human cannot – identify and test hundreds of attack surfaces in a web application for thousands of vulnerability variants within hours, all without a loss of enthusiasm or focus.

The Netsparker web application security scanner can scan any type of custom web application, web service and web API, including modern HTML5 and Single Page Applications (SPA) that depend heavily on JavaScript and client-side technology. It can scan applications for vulnerabilities such as SQL Injection, Cross-site Scripting (XSS), Local File Inclusion and many others, including those listed in the OWASP Top 10 list.

Advanced Web Vulnerability Scanning Technology

The Netsparker web security scanner, which is also considered as a hacking tool by many, surpasses the request-response method used by traditional black box scanners and open source hacking tools.

It uses the Netsparker Hawk system to conduct advanced security auditing and identify more than the low-hanging or expected types of security issues, such as second order vulnerabilities and server-side request forgery (SSRF) that are very difficult to detect. Even some of the most seasoned ethical hackers and penetration testinng software cannot typically identify such security flaws, though during penetration testing you should focus on identifying as many vulnerabilities as possible.

Accurate Vulnerability Detection is Key to Efficiency & Scalability

Accuracy is very important in ethical hacking because security teams do not have the resources and time to manually verify all the security vulnerabilities reported by ethical hacking software.

Netsparker web application security scanner has addressed the accuracy issue by developing Proof-Based Scanning™, an exclusive technology that automatically verifies identified vulnerabilities, confirming that they are real and not false positives. Netsparker also generates an additional proof of exploit to demonstrate any disastrous and unwanted impacts.

This unique high level of accuracy and detailed technical data is the key to efficiency and scalability, as well as time and cost savings. Since vulnerabilities are automatically verified in Netsparker:

  • Users do not have to manually verify the scanner’s findings
  • Developers can trust the reports and avoid wasting time double checking issues
  • Web vulnerability scanning can be delegated to less technical professionals
  • A much smaller enterprise can truly scale up their efforts and ensure the security of thousands of web applications

Ensuring a Strong Security Posture for All Your Web Applications

Finding vulnerabilities and fixing them across thousands of websites is not an easy task, especially when the security team is made up of just a handful of ethical hackers. This is a common problem, yet this is where Netsparker can help.

  • Netsparker uses its exclusive Proof-Based Scanning™ technology to generate dead accurate results
  • It is a multi-user solution specifically designed to encourage all members of the team, from QA professionals to management and executives, to be involved in the process of securing web applications
  • It has a fully featured REST API and command line support which can be used to integrate automated web application security scanning at every stage of the SDLC, DevOps and other development environments
  • It has out-of-the-box support and can integrate with issue tracking systems and source code repositories such as JIRA and Github
  • It has a variety of purpose-built reports that allow management to get a good grasp of the security state of their web applications and the performance of their teams and developers
  • It is OS independent so you do ethical hacking regardless if you are using Linux, Unix or Windows as your operating system

Whether you’re a solo ethical hacker, penetration tester or part of a team of security professionals, Netsparker has a comprehensive web application security solution that addresses many scenarios.

What our customers are saying

"I had the opportunity to compare external expertise reports with Netsparker ones. Netsparker was better, finding more breaches. It’s a very good product for me."
"As opposed to other web application scanners, Netsparker is very easy to use. An out of the box installation can detect more vulnerabilities than any other scanner."
"We chose Netsparker because it is more tailored to web application security and has features that allow the university to augment its web application security needs."