Just about every web application has at least a security vulnerability, and many of these vulnerabilities can be exploited by a hacker. Java applications are not an exception.
Security scanners are one important tool you can use to keep your Java application secure and reduce the risk of having security vulnerabilities. Automated web application security testing tools allow you to stay one step ahead of hackers because these security tools test your web application and flag security issues that could lead to a leak without actually accessing your web application’s source code.
Web application vulnerabilities are and will always be a problem in web applications. And these attacks aren't necessarily sophisticated, but they don't need to be to do a lot of damage. The good news is that such attacks can be prevented by addressing the security vulnerabilities before malicious hackers find and exploit them. A vulnerability scanner is one security tool that can help you automatically identify security vulnerabilities in web applications, web services and web APIs without requiring access to the source code.
In fact it can scan any web application because it is not dependant on the technology the application was built with. So if your web application is built with PHP, or .NET, or it is hosted on a Windows web server or a Linux Apache web server, a good web vulnerability scanner should be able to scan it.
These security tool scan the target’s attack surface and instantly flags any flaws and security vulnerabilities. It does not do any code analysis, instead it emulated an attacker. A good vulnerability scanner means that your IT security team will be able to address security vulnerabilities as soon as possible. This extra time can make a world of difference. Regular vulnerability assessments with a vulnerability scanner means you'll stay on top of any security issues on your Java web application.
The world of website vulnerability scanners is vast. There are many solutions available, including some open source tools as well. Though if you want the best security for your money, your vulnerability scanner of choice should be Netsparker. Here's why:
Most security scanners find security flaws by scanning web applications for common vulnerabilities like Cross-site Scripting (XSS), SQL injection or other OWASP Top Risks, then reporting what they've found. But these security scan results must then be manually verified, taking up precious time and energy that could be spent fixing the security issues instead. Also, such process requires a lot of technical expertise and can introduce a lot of human errors.
That's where Netsparker's exclusive Proof-Based Scanning™ technology comes in and distinguishes it from other vulnerability scanners. Netsparker's Proof-Based Scanning™ eliminates the task of manually checking for false positives, saving you time and energy while helping stay on top of any Java security flaws. Netsparker ensures the identified vulnerabilities are not false positives by automatically exploiting them in a read only and safe way. And with the proof of exploit for noted vulnerabilities, you can have complete confidence in the results of each scan. With Netsparker, there's no more human error. You can feel confident that you're not only catching all real security issues, but you're saving time too.
Netsparker can also be easily integrated in your software development environment and SDLC. By integrating Netsparker in the software development lifecycle you can launch automated vulnerability scanning during the early stages of the development of a web application. You do not need a source code analysis tool to improve source code security because the automated vulnerability scanner will emulate a malicious attacker and point out to you where the vulnerabilities are.
It's never too soon to take a step towards better website security, and Netsparker is here to help you keep your Java web application secure. Leading companies across a variety of industries have decided Netsparker should be the standard for their website security and the tool of choice in their penetration testing, but you don't have to take their word for it. Sign up for your free fifteen day demo today and let us show you why Netsparker is the right security tool for your business.