Cybersecurity testing: 4 best practices to ensure highly safe IT solutions | Software Testing Company a1qa

The paramount role of cybersecurity in today’s IT world

Source: IBM Report 2021
  • Data theft. If your software stores a voluminous amount of personal data without having enough cybersecurity measures, apps transmit the information to remote servers where hackers intercept it. Not a positive scenario for the day.
  • Unauthorized access. When the developers rely on familiar encryption without strengthening or changing it, this makes the algorithms weak and vulnerable (and fraudsters gain access to user information).
  • Session handling issues. Such challenges take place when the app allows the customers to perform transactions without logging or authenticating.
  • Reverse engineering. Attackers introduce this technique to understand the app algorithms and structure while creating a malware program that performs the same functions, like a real one. Finally, this assists them in accessing the back-end servers.
  • Client-side injection. Cybercriminals implement malicious code or send an infected link to end users, helping them reach some of the software functions.

4 mission-critical best practices to test mobile apps cybersecurity

1. Conducting penetration testing

  • Discover apps structure. Gather as much information about the software as possible (IT product architecture, source code, functions).
  • Analyze software security. To assess whether the IT solution is vulnerable, QA engineers apply two methods: static analysis (by using the source code without installing the app) and dynamic analysis (by downloading it).
  • Exploit flaws. Ethical hackers simulate cyberattacks to observe the system behavior, find vulnerabilities, and gain complete control over the software.
  • Document results. The team creates a report on detected breaches, safety risks, and recommendations on fixing weak points.

2. Patching software on a regular basis

3. Adopting a DevSecOps approach

4. Performing pre-certification testing

  1. Analyzing technical requirements — assessing IT solution specifics to determine the core standards for compliance.
  2. Designing tests — defining the scope of QA activities, choosing the right tools, best practices, and creating test cases.
  3. Executing tests — running various scenarios to detect vulnerabilities.
  4. Reporting — documenting the results and describing non-compliant areas.

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