NDA scans the websites and web applications outside-in and identifies the vulnerabilities and security issues within them in the running state. It runs on operating code to detect issues with interfaces, requests, responses, scripting, data injections, sessions, authentications, and more. Following are the key benefits of NDA: Scanners are built with a crawl and attack architecture.

  • Scans for hidden and other exploitable vulnerabilities (XSS, SQL injection, and other listed in OWASP Top 10).
  • Comprehensive application coverage and sophisticated attack methodologies.
  • Compatible with web applications built on PHP, ASP, Java, or any other language.
  • Internal and external web applications scanning.

Web Applications

In the era of globalization, web-applications are turning to become a part of the IT assets of an organization. The open-source or third-party developed web-based applications are enabling organizations to ensure ease in conducting their business operations. Besides, various organizations are migrating from legacy systems to web-based applications, which provide them with centralized data warehousing capabilities. The digital threats have developed from attacking FTP, Telnet/SSH, and mail servers as a large number of services are exposed to the Internet have increased significantly, however, in recent years, web applications play a critical role in half of the breaches that happen around the world. Web applications have become the simplistic route for the hacker as they prove to be least resistant to infiltration and gain access to the internal network/resources of an organization.
Network scanners and assessment tools are responsible for validating and verifying the presence of vulnerabilities within the network and the accessible assets. However, in the case of a web application, it is the business logic which needs to be tested, since any Network Vulnerability Scanner would scan the web-servers and not the content which is being pulled away. The most common victims of web application breaches are Content Management Systems (CMS) like WordPress, Drupal, etc., Database Administration tools like phpMyAdmin, and SaaS applications. Web applications are developed using different frameworks and methodologies, which are designed to ensure faster delivery of the content to ensure business continuity.

Web Application Scanner/Application Security Audit

Web application scanner enables organizations to scan applications for vulnerabilities which may have been left exposed during the development cycle and it is an essential part of Enterprise Security Testing. Web applications are one of the most vulnerable facets of enterprise security – more than 50% of all successful data leaks and breaches comprises of web apps. IT Administrators and Developers would probably identify vulnerabilities inside the hosted applications like Cross-Site-Scripting (XSS) or SQL Injection (SQLi) as well as backdoors and other threats that hackers may exploit to attack an organization.
Dynamic Application Security Testing (NDA) is a black-box security testing technique in which an application is tested in its operating state and tries to hack it just like a hacker would. A DAST test not only looks for a wide range of vulnerabilities, including input/output validation issues that could leave an application vulnerable but also facilitates the organization to follow the industry-based compliances.

Security threats posed by web applications

There are various drawbacks when it comes to relying on web applications for business processes. Web applications pose a significant threat to the digital environment of any organization with a myriad of vulnerabilities and attack vectors. The most important thing all organizations will have to address and guard themselves against the presence of software vulnerabilities and threats to web applications. While there is no 100% assurance for safety, there are some steps one can undertake to avoid wreak havoc. The OWASP Top 10 is a report document of security concerns for web application security. It represents a wide-ranging consent about the most critical security risks to web applications; however, an application may be vulnerable to a variety of attacks which may never make it to the OWASP Top 10.