Web Security Audits Objectives
Web applications maintain one of the main entry points for attackers whose aim is to compromise the security of the organization which can lead to reputation damage.
This exposure to both external and internal agents make the web application a target of constant threats using classic techniques or more modern techniques that are constantly evolving. Implementing regular security audits is a priority to contain these types of threats.
Web Security Audit Benefits
The benefits offered by our web security services include the identification of the following things:
Web server configuration and infrastructure vulnerabilities.
Application vulnerabilities, verifying all types of injections and advanced techniques on your entry points.
Software vulnerability and framework with known weaknesses.
Vulnerabilities related to business application logic that cannot be identified by automatic tools.
Specific security tests adapted to multiple types of web assets and technologies such as eCom, APIs, management portals, PSD2, CMS,CRM, etc.
Our security audits maximize the detection of real threats that may put the security of your information managed by the web application and its infrastructure at risk. To achieve this objective, we apply an extensive and exhaustive battery of tests that include both recognized and open methodologies (OWASP), as well as specially crafted tests that are designed in a creative way by our expert team. This way, the analyses performed allow us to comprehensively identify weaknesses related to the server infrastructure, whether it be from inadequate programming, specific business logic or simply the absence of good security practices to provide a more in-depth defense.
As a part of the web security testing, Tarlogic makes use of international proven methodologies such as OWASP (Open Web Application Security Project). This applies an open and collaborative methodology that is periodically updated and used as a reference to web application security audits. At Tarlogic, we rely on the OWASP methodology in all our web security audits to analyze and assess risks through more than 90 specific controls.
Our team of experts have put a considerable amount of effort into understanding the business logic of analyzed web applications. This has allowed us to design specific tests that take into account the possible workflows of the information managed between interrelated web functionalities, and to identify vulnerabilities that would have been impossible to detect using automated tools.
We also carry out tests related to the latest techniques and trends in the fields of web security, including the specific architecture of the analyzed application.
Frequently asked questions about website security audit
What is a website security audit?
Web security audits identify vulnerabilities on web assets. This varies from static websites to corporate platforms of all forms and sizes, intranet, e-commerce, APIs, essentially any component of the web. Also, upon request, audits can include systems evaluations that support the applications, middleware and backend.
Audit exercises are based on internationally used security analysis and methodologies. OWASP Security Project, for example, is known for their security control evaluations and multiple testing to assess whether a web asset complies with the required security measures or requires a review by technical teams. This is to mitigate possible weaknesses that may affect security.
In addition, web app security scans are completed to identify public and private resources available and are accessed remotely to analyze their behavior toward anomalous data inputs.
All security tests can be performed anonymously (pretending to be an external user to the organization without access), or non-anonymously, (with one or more authorized users in the web application).
Some outcomes of a web security audit are: a list of technical vulnerabilities that pose a threat to the application, a list of the security controls used and whether they have passed, as well as a detailed set of recommendations in different areas including application, source code, architecture, configuration, and/or the infrastructure.
How much does a website security audit cost?
To understand the cost of a web security audit, it is required to understand the complexity of the web, which fundamentally depends on the variables below:
- Number or resources the application gets exposed to
- The complexity and size of the website and if it is a transactional website that requires users with different roles and privileges
- The parameters of the security review: black box (without any information on the application or the users to simulate an external attack), white box (with more information and with tests authenticated with username and password) or mixed
- The specification to use a specific analysis methodology (OWASP, WASC, etc.) or defined security controls
The best approach to evaluate your case is for our security experts to access your web application so we can estimate the type and amount of work required to fully analyze the application.
From there, depending on the complexity of the application and the work that needs to be performed, the cost may range from €3,000 and €30,000. Other factors to take into consideration may include the type of exercises, scope, amount of testing and service frequency. We advise our clients to choose the best approach for their needs in order to ensure the application is secure.
What is the goal of a web security audit?
The main objective of a security audit is to identify configuration, development and logic problems that may allow unauthorized users to access information managed by the system. This in turn can result in unauthorized actions that are not permitted to a normal user such as taking control of the web server or application database.