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Importance of SAST & DAST Security within Your Organization

Updated: Jan 12, 2023

Technology is a critical part of our everyday lives, and the need for robust security measures that safeguard digital assets has never been more important. Digital assets include corporate data, user information, and systems, and the threat of cyber-attacks is steadily growing. As the value of digital assets increases, the risk of exploitation increases as well. Fortunately, organizations can reduce their risk of falling victim to cybercrime by conducting dynamic application security testing (DAST) and static application security testing (SAST).


In this blog post, we will explore the importance of DAST and SAST security testing. We'll look at the differences between the two types of testing, the benefits of utilizing them, and provide tips on how to get started.


What is Dynamic Application Security Testing (DAST)?


Dynamic application security testing (DAST) is a type of security testing where the application is tested while in operation. This type of testing focuses on the behavior of the application in real-world scenarios, and is used to identify vulnerabilities that exist only in the running application. It can detect security issues such as SQL injection, buffer overflows, cross-site scripting, and potentially insecure configuration settings.


How is DAST Different From SAST?


Static application security testing (SAST) is the opposite of DAST and is used to analyse an application while it is still in development. SAST looks at the source code of the application to identify potential security flaws and vulnerabilities. It is often used to detect coding errors such as input validation issues, hard-coded credentials, missing authentication checks, and DDoS prevention.


Benefits of DAST and SAST


There are numerous benefits to utilizing both DAST and SAST. By conducting both types of application security testing, organizations can identify vulnerabilities and resolve them before they can be exploited by attackers. This reduces the risk of data loss, exposes weak points in the application, and ensures the application is kept secure from threats.


In addition, both DAST and SAST can be used to monitor and detect changes to the application. DAST can detect changes to behaviour such as increased traffic on certain pages, and SAST can detect changes in the code such as a new feature being added. This provides organizations with the ability to closely monitor their applications and address potential problems before they become more serious.


Tips on Getting Started


When getting started with application security testing, there are a few key considerations to keep in mind. First, it is important to determine which parts of the application should be tested, and how often the tests should be conducted. Depending on the complexity of the application, it may be necessary to conduct tests more frequently.


In addition, organizations should choose the right tools for the job. Different tools are available for both DAST and SAST, and it is important to select the ones that are best suited for the job at hand. Additionally, it's important to analyze the results of the tests and respond in a timely manner.


Conclusion


This blog has served as an introduction to DAST and SAST security testing and their importance. DAST and SAST can help organizations protect their digital assets from threats and reduce the risk of data breaches. It's important to remember that both types of testing should be conducted regularly in order to identify and address potential security issues.


If you have any further questions or need assistance in determining which type of testing is best for your organization, please don't hesitate to contact us. We are happy to provide guidance and help you create a secure and reliable application.



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