What is Security Testing? Definition & Methodologies

Security Testing

What is Security Testing? Definition & Methodologies

One of the most important properties of software is security. This varies in broader terms to include multiple aspects, from financial information to personal information and data storage, and for those reasons, security must be taken seriously.

In this article, we will define security testing, investigate its several types, and how we at Q-Pros approach security testing in the scope of software testing and QA.

What is Security Testing?

Security testing is a type of software testing that focuses on revealing any potential vulnerabilities and weaknesses concerning security aspects, including data loss from deliberate attacks or system errors. The goal of security testing is to conduct friendly fire on the system to make sure it is set and ready for real-time action and possible failures and survive such scenarios without harming sensitive attributes.

Any system that deals with authentication-based activities (Accounts, subscriptions … etc.) and/or financial procedures will have to put security testing at the top of its criteria.

Types of Security Tests

Using the term “Security Testing” alone is a general term. This form of software testing typically involves a list of activities that stand on their own as independent tests. Security testing helps on so many levels. The following are types of security testing activities and sub-tests:

  • Vulnerability Scan: This process requires the use of an automated program that scans the system for any weak spots.
  • Security Scanning: This process can be done either manually or can be automated. It involves identifying the risks and providing solutions to reduce their number.
  • Penetration Testing: This form of testing involves mimicking or simulating an attack attempt on the system to check the level of durability the software has and what the weak points are. This could also involve what is called “Ethical Hacking”.
  • Risk Assessment: A complete analysis of the security risks and segregating the risk factors into Low, Medium, and High.
  • Security Auditing: Inspecting the internal code of the operating system for security flaws.

Security Testing Methodologies

Like any testing type, security testing has several methodologies and approaches that need to be followed to achieve guaranteed results. These methodologies embrace every angle of the system and target several points:

Black Box Method: Using this method, the testing engineer uses input functions and analysis output without knowing the internal code structure.

Grey Box Method: A mix of the White and Black box methods where the tester would have some knowledge of the internal system structure.

Tiger Box Method: A hacking method where a testing expert would have a special laptop adjusted for hacking on different operating systems. The goal is to check for vulnerabilities and make a proper assessment.

Security Testing and Q-Pros

Out of all software testing types, security testing seems to be an obvious choice for business owners and developers. This is due to the fact it deals with heavy features. Any application looking to diversify in usage and include more features and updates should without a doubt put up with the responsibilities of data preservation and financial safety. Q-Pros is a leading software testing company, we look to achieve the highest quality for our clients, and security testing is one of our specialties.

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