What is Security Testing?
Security testing refers to the entire spectrum of testing initiatives that are aimed at ensuring proper and flawless functioning of an IT ecosystem in a production environment or test enviroment. It aims at evaluating various elements of security covering integrity, confidentiality, authenticity, vulnerability and continuity. By focusing on the various layers of an information system across infrastructure, database, network and access channels like mobile, security testing looks at making the usage of your infrastructure safe and reliable safe and sound and free from vulnerabilities.
Why is Security Testing Important?
A comprehensive security testing framework deals with validation across all layers of your IT ecosystem.
Starting with analysis and evaluation of the security of the your company infrastructure, it moves further covering the network, database and application exposure layers. While application and mobile testing serves to evaluate security at these levels, cloud vulnerability checks and penetration testings exposes the security chinks in the armour, when the application is hosted in the cloud. These testing concepts make use of a combination of automated scanner tools as well as custom made scripts and manual testing tools that evaluate potential security anomalies and penetration testing that simulates attack by unintended access channels.
Vulnerability assessment forms an important component of security testing. Through this, the organization can be aware for vulnerabilities and take remedial measures for the same.
How does Security Testing add value to organizations?
In today’s interconnected world with consumers depending all the more on online channels to make transactions, any security breaches, however major or minor it may be, leads to loss in customer confidence and ultimately revenue. Further, the security attacks have also grown exponentially, both in quality as well as impact potential. In such a scenario, security testing is the only discipline that helps an organization identify where they are vulnerable and take the corrective measures to prevent as well rectifies the gaps in security. More and more organizations are getting the security audits done and testing measures in order to ensure that their mission i.e. critical applications, infrastructure and even their employees are shielded from any misuse, breaches or unintended penetration. The more extensive an organization’s security testing approaches are, the better are its chances of succeeding in an increasingly threatening technology landscape.
Implemented security measures enable an organization to avoid the pitfalls arising from accidental disclosures of sensitive data. Many times, such leakages cost organizations dearly, on account of legal complications arising due to sensitivity of information. Data security measures reduce the compliance cost by simplifying data audit mechanisms and automating them. They also enable the organization to ensure integrity of data by preventing unauthorized usage and modifications. In today’s well connected world, adoption of robust cororate security processes and methodologies also ensure that the organization is well aligned to the legal and compliance standards across countries – a key decisive factor when it comes to operating across continents.