Application security refers to security measures implemented at the application level to prevent data or code within the app from being stolen or hijacked. It includes the security considerations that are made during the design and development of applications, as well as the systems and strategies used to safeguard apps after they have been deployed.
Application security can include hardware, software, and procedures for detecting and mitigating security flaws. A router that prevents anyone from viewing a computer's IP address from the Internet is an example of hardware application security. However, application-level security measures, such as an application firewall, are typically built into the software. Procedures can include things like a protocol for application security that includes regular testing, as well as other protocols.
ProTechmanize follows the OWASP Top 10 methodology for Web application, Mobile Application, and Secure Code Review as guidelines for performing the assessment.
Application Penetration Testing:
At ProTechmanize, our consultants identify application security flaws by simulating the real-world threat of an attacker attempting to exploit a target application. These zero- or full-knowledge assessments begin with manual crawls and application foot printing. The team then uses automated tools to perform vulnerability scans, and the results are manually verified. Finally, the team manually identifies and exploits application vulnerabilities in an attempt to gain access to application functionality, sensitive data, and the underlying application infrastructure.
Hybrid Application Assessment:
To thoroughly identify application security vulnerabilities, we use a hybrid application assessment methodology that combines real-world attack techniques of application penetration testing with targeted source code review. These comprehensive knowledge assessments start with automated scans of the deployed application and source code. The scan results are then analyzed, and a manual review is performed to thoroughly identify potential application security vulnerabilities. Furthermore, the team examines the application architecture and business logic to identify any design flaws. Finally, to validate the findings, the team performs manual exploitation and review of these issues.
Mobile Application Assessment:
ProTechmanize consultants find security flaws by simulating the real-world threat of an attacker attempting to exploit a target app on an iPhone or iPad. The assessment looks at key areas such as application run time, network services, data storage, and cloud integration. Each assessment is tailored to the environment in which the target application will be deployed, ranging from consumers to enterprise BYOD. The assessment team combines automated binary analysis with manual on-device penetration testing of the target app, during which the team uses several open-source hacking tools in addition to ProTechmanize's proprietary iOS assessment toolchain. Source code analysis is highly complementary to this process and is part of the preferred approach to security reviews of iOS applications.
The mobile application assessment methodology used by ProTechmanize identifies security flaws in Android applications. To identify Android application security flaws, the assessment team employs both industry-standard and internally developed tools, as well as expert-guided testing techniques. After identifying vulnerabilities, the team proceeds to manually exploit the identified flaws in order to compromise sensitive data, credentials, client devices, and back-end servers. The evaluation concludes with a detailed report on all security issues discovered within the target.
Source Code Review:
Source code reviews add significant value by utilizing automated and manual analysis techniques in a targeted manner to thoroughly identify security vulnerabilities in application source code. These full-knowledge assessments begin with an automated scan of the application source code. Following that, analyses of the scan results are combined with manual reviews to thoroughly identify potential application security vulnerabilities. In addition, the team conducts a review of the application architecture and business logic to identify any design-level issues. To validate the findings, the team performs manual exploitation and review of these issues whenever possible.