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Application Security Audit

Application Security Assessment is designed to identify and assess threats to the organization through bespoke, proprietary applications or systems. We use the OWASP (Open Web Application Security Project) guidelines and the OSSTMM standard to build the assessment checklists. These applications may provide interactive access to potentially sensitive materials. It is vital that they be assessed to ensure that

  • the application doesn't expose the underlying servers and software to attack(s), and
  • a malicious user cannot access, modify or destroy data or services within the system.

Even in a well-deployed and secured infrastructure, a weak application can expose the organization's information assets to unacceptable risk. Visit the following links to get a better insight of our application security related research activities:


NII Approach to Application Security Assessments

NII uses a number of software-testing techniques (including black-box testing, fault injection, and behavior monitoring), as well as real-world situations to test each application. The NII methodology is as described below:

High Level Design Audit

High Level Design Audit identifies and analyzes:

  • Flow of information throughout the application environment
  • Sensitive data in different sections of the organization
  • Threats to the sensitive information in question
Source Code Audit

In this step the code is reviewed for vulnerabilities and threats that belong to these categories:

  • Cryptography
  • Authentication
  • Session Management
  • Data Validation
  • Exception Management
  • Authorization
  • Auditing and Logging
Black Box Testing

In this step the code is reviewed for vulnerabilities and threats that belong to these categories:

  • Testing Communication Behavior
  • Identifying Fault Injection Points
  • Identifying Client-side behavior of the application
  • Testing interactions with third-party applications
  • File Interpretation
  • Cryptanalysis

Benefits

Application Security Assessments help

  • Secure the flow of information through the application
  • Implement secure coding practices, remove logical, formatting flaws in the application code
  • Embedding security right from the design to the execution stage
  • Recognize the existing vulnerabilities and the extent of current and potential damages posed by the application
  • Harden technologies keeping in mind the involvement of people which is a key criterion for any strategy to succeed

Above all, the strategies recommended by NII at the end of the exercise will put appropriate application controls in place.