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5 Techniques for a Proper Security Testing

April 18, 2017

In last few years (and even months) IT sphere showed a significant progress in its development. As more and more e-commerce companies appear and world data enhance, the problem of the information security also increases.

The new types of various business activities appear every day. And using of the Enterprise Resource Planning (EPR system) only proves that the IT area has a dominate position in the today’s reality. Modern websites and applications are very complex systems with the diverse functional, aimed to maintain the needs of clients and users.

Stock exchanges, online purchasing, banking payments and credit card using – a small list of the operations which are performed every second on the planet. The personal and confidential information is somewhere out there on the Internet and it is hard to ensure its security as on the international level, as well as on the local one.

Under these circumstances, the safety factor plays not the last role in software product testing. Thus, software testing company monitors the security degree of various software products.

Samples of Security Issues:

  • Not encrypted details of user’s credit card may cause security issues of online-shop security;
  • The data entry operator access to the generation process of reports means problems in the ERP.
  • If a student has an access to edit his marks or the lecture’s schedule on the corporate website of the University.
  • In the case, if a user left the website but his passwords and other personal information are displayed in the system and available for third-party.

Security testing should be considered from the two sides: data protection and the access to these data. The users should be guaranteed that their information will remain secured from someone else and no one can get an unauthorized access.

What Techniques May Be Applied During Security Testing?

  1. Protection of data – means that data should be encrypted and a certain user may see and use the specified information.
  2. Service access points – there should be enough amount of access points in order to cooperate with all users and ensure secure.
  3. Access to the system – an access possibility is defined by the rights and role of users in a certain management system.
  4. Cross-site scripting/SQL injections – an application should have special restrictions in order to prevent such hackers’ attacks.
  5. Brute-force attack – many passwords trying usually takes much time to guess the right one. That is why the majority of websites limit the number of tries to log in the system.

Thus, performing desktop application testing or website testing, it is of great importance to pay special attention to the security matters.

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