Why Web Vulnerability Testing Needs to be Automated
By DeviQA on Thu Dec 21 2017 00:00:00 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)
If you maintain a website, a web server or you just simply use the website, you probably would want to find out a little bit about the sites that you own or have visited as to whether or not they are actually secure. There are some great tools for doing that. The chrome and other web browsers also do a pretty reasonable job of warning you about potential problems. So, if you go to a website, you must have noticed a broken icon up where the HTTPS would be. That is the chrome’s way of telling you that there is something wrong about this site.
Similarly, web developers and quality assurance testers are always on the onlook of finding faults and possible security breaches of a website. The process is called as website security testing or web-vulnerability testing.
What is web vulnerability testing
Vulnerability testing or security testing can be defined as a process in which a tester tries to evaluate the quantum of risks within the website or web-based application i.e. the application on the test to ensure that: there is no data theft; there is no unauthorized access or there is no security compromised that has been made through our systems. For this purpose, a vulnerability scanning is usually performed using various tools. There are different software tools available for to actually do vulnerability scanning. Sahra SAR ASA - is an example of this particular vulnerability scanning tool.
Automation testing means testing a website for security concerns by using an automation tool which can perform the test case suites. The tool can put the test data into the test environment and compare the actual results with expected ones and prepares detailed reports of all the tests performed. The major aim of automating the security/vulnerability testing not to eradicate manual testing altogether but to decrease the number of test cases to be run manually.
Automation for web-vulnerability testing is not merely automated testing. Automation can be used to automatically perform certain tasks required for testing. For example, automatically generating the test data or automatically running certain test cases; so, there are tasks that can be done with the help of automation in a faster and more convenient way. If automation is being used the tester is responsible to build that automation and make sure it is working correctly then the tester has to test the website by running the test cases and other tests. so whatever test cases and test plans, the tester has to make sure that he or she runs those test cases and tests the important tasks.
Why automated testing for web-vulnerability?
Why web-vulnerability testing should be automated, here are some possible reasons:
- Automated testing helps reduce risk and repeating manual efforts.
- It provides the team with confidence because they have a set of reliable and repeatable tests. This in turn ensures reduced testing time and early investment. Consider a team who has invested time in building a suite of automated tests from the beginning of the project and as requests for changes or new features are added to the application, they continually will have to add and refine the test suite.
- Every time there is an updated version of the website, the possible security threats need to be identified and being tested to see if it runs and integrates properly. This increases the overall quality of the website as automation assists in rapidly finding and fixing defects.
- the team is able to respond quickly in fixing the bugs and then rerunning the tests this time the results are successful.
- Since the automated tests performs to the repetitive task of regression testing, this leaves the testing team with time to focus on manual exploratory testing.
- It's worth mentioning that when we talk about automated testing, it's not just limited to one testing type. There are many different kinds of testing by using automated testing. We ensure a shared understanding and ownership of the system and its requirements. What we automate, when we automate or and whether we really need automation are crucial decisions, which the whole team makes. A given decision should be weighed up based on risk and savings gained by alleviating the cost of repetitive testing.
- Manual testing is obviously time-taking and it involves huge cost to test all the negative test cases, all the fields and workflows.
- For multi-lingual websites, it challenging to test it manually.
- In automated testing, the human interference can be minimized resulting in lesser chances of errors or undetected bugs/threats. Moreover, you can even run automated tests unsupervised or overnight, which enhances overall test coverage and speed of test execution.
- Manual testing can become tedious and hence more prone to mistakes or errors. while if the security testing is automated, all the test cases can be prepared
Web vulnerability testing needs to be automated to avoid repetitive manual efforts and reduce risks of un-detected errors or bugs in the software. The test can be performed with speed and accuracy; resulting in saving both the time and cost for testing. With automatic testing, the testing can be done unsupervised or even 24/7, which improves the overall speed of test execution and coverage.