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How Important Is Security Testing?

Tuesday 09 of October, 2018./ Reading Time: 2 minutes./ By Sylvana Vizarraga

How would you define vulnerability in the data-processing field?

We like to think that technology attacks only happen in fictional settings. However, we are now seeing these massive attacks on well known websites, government entities, or even renowned international companies. After an attack, release notes from various softwares are filled with vulnerabilities that were mitigated.

 The question arises: Is my system, application, or technological environment ready to prevent a cyber attack? Is my system safe? Can I keep my system's data information safe?

 Is Secure Software Possible?

Now, let's be clear, there is no such thing as perfect security. New technologies are released everyday, and the pace to keep up with them is almost unobtainable. Our software depends on many libraries and frameworks that could be outdated and susceptible to cyber attacks. Nonetheless, we can build a security protocol to ensure our system's general safety. 

Examples:

For instance, monetary transaccional apps should have a safety protocol that assure their customers that their money is safe. That is easily achievable if the transactions go through private-key encrypted algorithms and that every transaction travels only through safety tunnels, therefore ensuring all its information follows a safety protocol.

On the other hand, there is no need for an encrypted protocol for something like a news site. For both cases, if certain standards are met, they will both have an adequate safety protocol.

Reducing Susceptibility to an Attack.

Being susceptible to an attack is not something that can be easily erased, but it can be reduced. It’s necessary to make appropriate action plans, to monitor a risk control mitigation plan, and look out for remaining vulnerability in systems from previous attacks. 

Security Testing.

Security testing is an undeniable option to prevent cyber attacks. Out in the market, there are multiple options, from APIs that can be merged with the code as part of the system development, to software that can be executed once there is a candidate to detect any type of vulnerability.

What do we need to keep in mind when performing security tests? Investigate, observe, and try. Even if it's with a new or finished project, make sure to know which are the most common vulnerabilities for development projects or the new forms of technology threats.

OWASP is a community that regularly collects and submits this information. A good starting point would be checking out the Top 10 web or mobile vulnerabilities and evaluate if these may affect your system.

Building your security testing team.

If you don't have skilled people in the development security area, we suggest you train a team on the basics of managing breach test so they can understand, identify, and resolve any software vulnerabilities. Remember, the goal is to preserve confidentiality, integrity, and the availability of information systems.

Since many of the information security authorities are not part of the working teams, it's best to consult with an expert in cyber security for the system development. This way, bot developers and Was will take into account the type of vulnerabilities that could affect a system and work towards avoiding them.

Security Testing Conclusion.

Regardless of what measure you chose to follow, remember that anticipating and mitigating an information loss risk is always cheaper than resolving a vulnerability at the cost of data loss. 

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