Choosing the Right Website Security Test Tools

Today's web applications are very complex. So unless you have the right website security test tools to automated the security testing and vulnerability assessments it is not possible to ensure their security.

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Malicious hacking has become a common occurrence in this day and age. Just about every web application or website has a vulnerability that can be automatically detected and easily exploited by bad actors, leading to data leaks or disabling attacks. Web application vulnerabilities are no joke, and can lead to enormous problems if not fixed, regardless if your website is accessed over HTTPS (SSL and TLS).

Robust web security with proven results is necessary in order to protect your users’ sensitive data and prevent data leaks. Security testing with automated testing tools is one efficient way of ensuring your websites do not have any security vulnerabilities. These security tools do this by crawling and scanning your web application automatically and flagging any security issues they identify on the attack surface of the web application without actually accessing your source code.

Using Web Application Security Testing Tools

There's a whole world of security testing tools for you to choose from that can help you protect your websites or identify security issues in them, thus ensuring better web security. Many of these software testing tools are open-source, such as Zed Attack Proxy (also know as ZAP and developed by OWASP), Vega, or w3af. However, before utilizing any of these security testing tools, you should first understand what are your web application security requirements and which of the tools fit those requirements.

For example most of the the open source tools mentioned above have a very limited scope and require a lot of manual intervention. So while they might be a good solution for small hobbyist websites or small penetration testing jobs, they won’t do a good job at scanning modern and complex web applications, such as Single Page Applications (SPA) or similar applications that heavily rely on JavaScript and client side technology.

Hence why you need to use an automated scanner such as the Netsparker web application security scanner. Netsparker, which is a black box scanner, can find and flag security issues in your web applications automatically and is very fast, so you'll know as soon as there's a security issue. Doing regular vulnerability assessments with a vulnerability scanner is one of the most efficient and effective ways to keep your web applications and web services secure.

Why the Netsparker Web Application Security Solution?

The Netsparker vulnerability scanner scans your web applications for security vulnerabilities such as Cross-site Scripting (XSS), SQL injection and thousands of other variants, many of which are considered as OWASP Top Risks and are listed in the OWASP Top 10. It can can PHP, .NET and any other type of web application, regardless of the web technology it has been built with. Netsparker also scans the web server for misconfigurations. It has specific checks for web servers that run on Linux, such as Apache, Tomcat and NginX, and also for web servers that run on Microsoft Windows, such as IIS.

Unlike when using other scanning tools — especially free tools — you do not need to do labor-intensive manual verification of the identified vulnerabilities. Time is of the essence when it comes to web vulnerabilities, and some open source tools won't help with that.

Here's where Proof-Based Scanning™ sets Netsparker apart from the competition. When the Netsparker vulnerability scanner identifies a security vulnerability it automatically exploits it in a read-only and safe way, thus confirming it is not a false positive. So if for example Netsparker detects a SQL Injection, it retrieves data from the database to prove that the vulnerability is exploitable.

Therefore Netsparker's Proof-Based Scanning™ removes the task of having to manually check the security scan results for false positives and also highlights the impact the security vulnerability can have on the target web application once exploited. So with Netsparker’s proof of exploit, so you can rest easy with full confidence in the results of each scan. Netsparker tells you what real vulnerabilities exist so can get to work fixing them right away.

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Leading companies across a variety of industries have chosen to trust Netsparker with their reputation and website security. But you can see that for yourself: sign up for your free demo today and let us show you why Netsparker is the right security tool for your business.

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."
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