Security Testing is to ensure software systems and applications are free from any vulnerability, threats, risks that may cause a big loss. Security testing of any system is about finding all possible loopholes and weaknesses of the system which might result in a loss of information, revenue, repute at the hands of the employees or outsiders of the Organization.
Goal of Security Testing
The goal of security testing is to identify the threats in the system and measure its potential vulnerabilities, so the system does not stop functioning or is exploited. It also helps in detecting all possible security risks in the system and help developers in fixing these problems through coding.
Types of Security Testing
Below are the types of security testing,
- Vulnerability Scanning
- Security Scanning
- Penetration testing
- Risk Assessment
Vulnerability Scanning: This is done through automated software to scan a system against known vulnerability signatures.
Security Scanning: It involves identifying network and system weaknesses, and later provides solutions for reducing these risks. This scanning can be performed for both Manual and Automated scanning.
Penetration Testing: This kind of testing simulates an attack from a malicious hacker. This testing involves analysis of a particular system to check for potential vulnerabilities to an external hacking attempt.