VAPT (Vulnerability assessment and penetration testing) needs to be performed or mobile apps and web apps.
Here are the top 5 reasons to perform VAPT on your web.
1.For Identifying Gaps Between Security Tools
This may sound like a bizarre reason, but if you perform pentest using different tools for the same web application, there are much higher chances that you will get different results, sometimes mismatching or overlapping each other. So if you know the security posture or position of your web app, you can easily use it to compare the tools that you need.
According to my experience, keeping tools constant and continuously doubting your own application is not correct. Ideally, you should perform all manual penetration testing, gather the results and then compare the tools to judge which of those are actually capable of capturing the same set of results. If you are not sure how to perform manual testing, make sure to consult a penetration testing company beforehand.
2.For Prioritizing Risk
It is found that vulnerabilities are usually found and collected, but risk prioritization is not carried out. With all the security risks to contend with these days, IT decision-makers must determine how to prioritize threats in order of importance. Usually, if chances are not indeed prioritized, We have seen many organizations that spend a whole lot of time on trivial problem-fixing and try to delay or forget to fix the most critical ones.
3.For discovering loopholes & Misconfigurations
This reason is self-explanatory, as it sounds like. Web apps, mobile apps and IT networks are prone to human errors as they are developed by humans, and that’s precisely what a hacker exploits or takes advantage of. Most of the hacking attempts or loopholes which are now as bugs are due to incorrect coding practices rather than the vulnerabilities emerging from these platforms.
4.For Improving Your Product SDLC Process
QA teams find the functional bugs, while pentesters find the other security bugs. Periodic penetration testing aligned with the SDLC process is an ideal approach to ensure very tight security. In this manner, the product code and changes go through multiple iterations of security checks, which reduces the vulnerabilities much more.
5.For Ensuring the Best Out Of Your Cyber Security ROI
Organizations invest a tremendous amount of money, but they do not know what is actually happening with that money. This is very much true for IT product companies that develop excellent cloud-based software, deploy people and deploy infrastructure but do not possess a habit of continuous security improvement using VAPT. This finally results in some type of attack or data leakage, and this pretty much renders the entire investment useless.
It is suggested to be flexible, on-the-toes and secure rather than just apologizing. So a discipline of performing periodic, well-thought vulnerability assessment and penetration testing is imperative to organizations, not based on the industry sector, size or revenue they generate.