What is Web Application Scanning?

18 jan 2023

Web Application Scanning is a method to detect known vulnerabilities in all types of web applications. Finding common security issues such as cross-site scripting (XSS) and SQL injections will prevent hackers from gaining unauthorised access to sensitive information.

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What is a Web Application?

A web application is a software application that is developed using various programming languages and can be accessed anywhere with an internet connection. From simple websites to complex applications, such as online shopping platforms or customer relationship platforms (CRM systems), it is an integral part of modern society.

What is Web Application Scanning, and why does it matter?

In today’s digital world it is essential for businesses to have a strong online presence. A crucial part of maintaining that presence is ensuring the security of your web applications. Web Application Scanning is one of the methods to identify potential threats that could be exploited by cyber criminals or hackers. Web Application Scanning uses automated tools and manual input to quickly assess a web application and find dangerous security issues, such as cross-site scripting (XSS) and SQL injections.

By regularly scanning your web applications, you can proactively identify and fix any vulnerabilities before they can be exploited, protecting your business and customers from potential cyber-attacks. This information can then be used to make informed decisions about which applications need additional security testing or need to be fixed.

Not sure you need Web Application Scanning?

Here are a few key reasons why it is so important.

  • To detect mistakes during development.
    New vulnerabilities can arise even after a simple plugin update or in a new software release.
  • To proactively fix vulnerabilities before they are exploited.Hackers are continuously finding new ways to attack web applications.
  • To prevent serious disruptions.
    Hackers accessing sensitive data, disrupting services, or even taking control of your web applications could cause your web application to be inoperable for an unacceptable length of time.
  • To protect your customers.
    Hackers can use your web application to steal your customers’ credentials, access their webcam, or access credit card information or other sensitive data.
  • To meet compliance requirements.
    Depending on your industry, you may be required to meet certain security standards and regulations (GDPR), especially if you handle sensitive information like personal details and card information.

Web Application Scanning should be an essential part of your overall cyber security. With regular scanning you can reduce the risk of an unsafe web application and a successful cyber-attack.

How can Forus-P help?

Worldwide the number of cyber-attacks has increased in recent years and with technology advancing so rapidly cyber criminals continue to exploit vulnerabilities in web applications to steal data, crash websites and upload malicious content.

Forus-P uses the Qualys web application scanner to identify these issues for your business. If you are interested in improving the security of your web application, we can help. We manually prepare and check all of our scans to give you a clear understanding of the issues found within your web application. Our team of experienced security experts will provide actionable recommendations on how to fix them.

Forus-P offers a full range of web application security services and penetration testing. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help secure your web applications and keep your business safe.