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Security testing of any application or system is about searching for its potential weaknesses and vulnerabilities, which might result in a security breach. In this blog post, we are going to have a look at why and when you should plan your security test.

Encripto delivers two main kinds of security tests:

  1. Application testing. Encripto has specific security tests for applications, whether it is desktop, mobile or web applications.
  2. Network security testing. There are four testing alternatives, which depend on the organization’s maturity when it comes to IT security, and how extensive testing you want to conduct: vulnerability assessment, penetration test, red team test and adversary replication.

1. Why should you plan ahead in time?

Security problems are becoming more and more frequent both in large and small companies. The number of cyberattacks increases substantially every year, and with it the demand for security tests. Therefore, you should anticipate and plan your security test in advance. Also, if you have a specific deadline to reach, you will achieve your goals as long as you plan ahead.

2. How often should you perform a security test?

Encripto recommends conducting a full security test once a year if you have a stable mature system or application. In addition to this, we recommend that you run smaller security tests when your system or application undergoes important changes or updates.

On the other hand, if you are going to release a new product (e.g. a web or mobile application), a good option is running a full security test when the release version is ready, but before its actual launch. When it comes to develop a totally new product, the best option is to work on security as soon as in the design phase.

Otherwise, many certifications (e.g. ISO 27001, PCI DSS) require that you test your environment regularly. In these cases, you could plan your security test in a cyclic way, for example from one year to the next one.

3. What is the result of a security test from Encripto?

The result of a security test is a detailed report. The report shows where your system or application is vulnerable, and how the security issues can affect your company and its operations. It also includes a prioritized remediation plan with specific solutions. This means that you will know what security issues should be fixed first and how to do it. So, you can implement the solutions right away.

We recommend that you read our post How to Prepare for a Security Test as well.

Guide – Security Test: Scope & Frequency

Encripto has written guides for web application and network security testing, addressing issues related to recommended testing frequency, scope and methodology.