protecting your mobile applications
The use of mobile applications continues to grow and for many organisations, they are now a critical technology on which business operates.
Mobile applications often handle sensitive information and can provide access to back end systems. This makes them an ideal target for threat actors and vulnerabilities within an application can provide access to sensitive data, as well as your wider network.
The security of mobile applications is therefore vital and needs to be considered at all stages, from development through to deployment.
What we test
Our mobile application testing is tailored to your requirements, whether you’re looking to test the entire application or just specific areas of functionality. There are three types of mobile applications we test:
Our consultants will investigate the following areas:
It is impossible to exhaustively cover all possible security vulnerabilities that may affect a mobile application. Consequently, the aim of our test methodology is to act as a baseline, with additional tests and checks being performed when necessary.
How is our testing delivered?
Our mobile application tests are delivered remotely, simulating a real-world attack. Engagements can follow a number of different approaches and this will be guided by your requirements/priorities:
Black box testing: This mimics a real-life attack scenario, where we have basic knowledge of the application, but have no access to the source code or any admin/user credentials. Black box assessments are typically used by clients who wish to find out if a malicious threat could potentially gain unauthorised access to an application from the outside.
White box testing: White box testing provides our consultants with a level of access/information prior to the test, whether that be access to source code or user credentials. This type of testing assumes that an attacker already has some level of access within the application and is designed to understand the potential damage that can be achieved from this.
Grey box testing: This is our preferred approach to mobile app testing, as we believe it provides the best value in terms of results. It is a hybrid approach (combining both white box and black box testing elements) and provides a focused security overview of the application from both the outside and the inside.
Our approach to mobile application testing
Every mobile application test goes through a rigorous process to ensure you get the best possible results. Below we outline the key stages:
We work closely with you and your team to define your exact requirements, to understand your desired goals and to gain comprehensive knowledge of the application to be reviewed.
2. Proposal & prerequisites
A bespoke proposal of work will be drawn up based on your requirements, our experience and our consultant’s expertise. This proposal will outline our recommended test approach and provide details of the number of days we feel are needed to investigate the target application thoroughly.
We will work with you to ensure this proposal meets your exact requirements and once authorised; we will outline any necessary prerequisites that are needed to ensure testing starts on time.
Testing will commence on the agreed date and our consultants will communicate with you throughout the test, to your set requirements.
All our testing is conducted manually, and our consultants will look to identify as many issues as possible in the time allotted, verifying whether these could be exploited.
A comprehensive, quality assured report of our findings will be delivered within 5 days of the test finishing. Our reports can be tailored to your needs, providing both a technical and managerial overview of findings, as well as our detailed remediation advice.
5. Post-test support
Our job doesn’t finish on the delivery of the report, your test consultant will be available after the test to explain any aspect of the report, as well as provide remediation support to internal teams and/or external suppliers.
You have the option to retest, ensuring reported vulnerabilities have been addressed.
7. Evidence of testing
Many of our clients need to supply evidence of testing for security assurance purposes. We can supply documentation which will provide these assurances to internal and/or external stakeholders.
Why choose Pentest
We act as a trusted adviser, not just a test provider. So, whether it’s your first test or you’ve conducted hundreds, our team are dedicated to making the process as seamless as possible, to pass on their wealth of expertise and to provide you with the information security support you need.
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