Automated Application AND Security Testing

Automated Application AND Security Testing

Automated Application Testing Overview

Automated application testing is a type of software testing process that leverages specialised tools and software to automate the test processes. By doing so, it is able to increase test coverage and reduce the time and effort required to execute tests. This form of testing can be used to evaluate the functionality, performance, usability, security, and compliance of applications. Automation testing involves the use of scripts and programs to execute tests, compare results against expected values, and generate reports. It also aids in ensuring that the system works as expected and can detect any errors or bugs. In addition to this, automated application testing reduces the cost and time associated with manual testing, increases the accuracy of test results, and provides comprehensive test coverage.

Types of Tests

Automated application testing is a powerful method of ensuring the quality of applications. This process involves the use of scripts and programs to run tests, compare results against expected values, and generate reports. Automated testing can cover a broad spectrum of tests such as unit testing, integration testing, functional testing, regression testing, load testing, stress testing, performance testing, security testing, GUI testing, compatibility testing, accessibility testing, and usability testing. By performing these tests, developers are able to guarantee that their applications are secure, dependable, and easy to use.

Advantages of Automated Application Testing

Automated application testing offers a plethora of advantages over manual testing. These include increased test coverage, reduced cost and time, improved accuracy, comprehensive reports, and increased reliability. Since it eliminates the possibility of human error, automated testing can increase the accuracy of test results and generate comprehensive reports which can be used to identify areas of improvement in the application.

Automated Application Security Testing Overview

Application security testing is a pivotal step in the software development process. It is utilised to evaluate the security of an application, detect potential threats and vulnerabilities, and affirm that the application is secure and meets security standards. Application security testing involves assessing the application from a security point of view, using methods such as penetration testing, code review, and threat modelling. This helps identify security risks and guarantees that applications are secure and conform to regulatory requirements. Moreover, application security testing can help protect the system from malicious attacks and guarantee the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of the system.

Types of Tests

Application security testing entails examining the application from a security standpoint, employing techniques such as penetration testing, static application security testing (SAST), dynamic application security testing (DAST), interactive application security testing (IAST), and software composition analysis (SCA). SAST is used to scan the application’s source code for potential vulnerabilities while DAST is used to simulate attacks on the application to detect security flaws. IAST is utilised to analyse the application’s response to user input, and SCA is used to detect vulnerabilities in the application’s third-party libraries and components. All of these tests can help ensure that the application is secure and meets security standards.

Advantages of Automated Application Security Testing

The benefits of automated application security testing are undeniable. Integrating automated security testing into modern software development life cycles (SDLCs) and automated pipelines offers a faster and more efficient testing process. Additionally, integrating automated security testing into ticketing systems and other DevOps tools provides an extensive overview of the application’s security posture. Moreover, automated security testing is able to detect potential vulnerabilities before they are exploited, guarantee compliance with security standards and regulations, and generate an additional layer of security.

Benefits of Combining Automated Application Testing and Automated Application Security Testing

Combining automated application testing with automated application security testing can easily be accomplished with Keysights’ Eggplant DAI and Synopsys Seeker IAST solutions. Adding both solutions at the Testing Phase of the SDLC allows for easy adoption and extended application testing with near-zero false positive security alerts minimising the impact on both developers and security teams.

Eggplant’s DAI removes the need for traditionally siloed systems, testing the full digital experience against business outcomes, enabling you to optimise resources, release faster, and deliver higher-quality software and applications. Customers use Eggplant to enhance productivity, increase test coverage, reduce business costs, and automate anything. The ability to guide the automated testing to specific parts of the application you need heavier testing and allowing the automated platform to make its testing decisions via coverage and bug hunting to provide a level of testing that would be impossible manually.

Seeker gives you unparalleled visibility into your web app security posture and identifies vulnerability trends against compliance standards (e.g., OWASP Top 10, PCI DSS, GDPR, CAPEC, and CWE/SANS Top 25). Seeker enables security teams to identify and track sensitive data to ensure that it is handled securely and not stored in log files or databases with weak or no encryption. Seeker can also determine whether a security vulnerability (e.g., XSS or SQL injection) can be exploited, thus providing developers with a risk-prioritized list of verified vulnerabilities to fix in their code immediately. Using patented methods, Seeker quickly processes hundreds of thousands of HTTP(S) requests, identifies vulnerabilities, and reduces false positives to near zero.


AI Assisted Application/API Testing | Application Security – Testing & Protection
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