Welcome!

News Feed Item

NT OBJECTives, Inc. NTOSpider Introduces Complex Application Workflows in Automated Security Testing for Unprecedented Accuracy

Extensive User Interface and Scan Enhancements Allows Users to Achieve More Control and Visibility with Application Scanners

IRVINE, Calif., Feb. 19, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- NT OBJECTives, Inc., provider of the most automated, comprehensive and accurate web application security solutions, announced today that its NTOSpider web application scanner is the first of the application scanners to effectively introduce automated security testing of complex application workflows, including shopping carts and registration sequences, delivering more automation, accuracy and scalability than other application scanners. NTOSpider is now uniquely capable of automatically understanding a workflow sequence and expected results, which enable it to automatically create relevant session states and find web application security vulnerabilities.

NT OBJECTives logo.

Today's businesses and government organizations are delivering sophisticated and complex applications to their customers and security teams are scrambling to keep pace. Large organizations have hundreds or thousands of web applications, many of them with complex workflows. Automated security testing of those workflows with application scanners will save a tremendous amount of time and enable security teams to find more vulnerabilities much sooner. It will also allow web application security teams to focus manual testing efforts where automated security testing is not an option.

"Until now, the only way to accurately test a complex application workflow like shopping cart or invoice processing has been manually. If it takes a tester 16 hours to test a complex workflow by hand and that organization has 20 applications with complex workflows, that can add up to over a month of testing." said Dan Kuykendall, co-CEO and CTO of NT OBJECTives. "When you're a global organization, with hundreds or thousands of applications, and you need to do quarterly web application security assessments, testing by hand just doesn't scale, vulnerabilities end up being missed or applications are not tested at all.

Application scanners' automated security testing traditionally consists of two phases. First is the crawl phase during which the scanner gathers information about the application and its attack vectors. This information is then used to perform the second part, the attack phase, during which the scanner randomly attacks the functionality. While attacking randomly is good for a lot of functionality, it does not work for complex workflows.

In an application workflow, data is being passed from one step to the next and in order to find web application security vulnerabilities, it is critical to use valid test data and pass it through just as the workflow prescribes. For example, in a shopping cart application, a user adds an item to their cart, clicks checkout, enters their address and credit card data and finally makes their purchase. Each step required data to be passed from the previous in order to complete the order. When conducting automated security testing, if application scanners attack the steps in a complex workflow randomly, it will miss vulnerabilities. For example, the scanner might attack a shipping form, but because there are no items in the cart, the application informs the user that they have no items in their cart and discards the attack payloads. The scanner doesn't even know this happened and misses web application security vulnerabilities as a result.

In automated security testing, application scanners must also follow the workflow through in its entirety. It is not enough to follow the workflow up to the point of attack. Imagine, for example, that the scanner attempts a SQL injection attack on the 'last name' field in the billing form. At that point the data is often held in temporary session storage. It isn't until the order confirmation page, when the user confirms the order and the information is sent to the SQL server, that the attack is executed. So if application scanners don't complete the workflow, the attack is never executed and the SQL injection vulnerability goes undetected.

The new release of NTOSpider, unlike other application scanners, properly respects the order of the workflow, which allows the attack payloads to be delivered into the application code where it can discover the web application security vulnerabilities.

"This new release of NTOSpider holds just one of the many innovations we have in store for automated security testing. Our roadmap has many exciting advancements that will enable our customers to continue to assess modern web applications efficiently and accurately and will strengthen our position as the leading innovator in web application security scanning."

To read more about how NTOSpider handles complex application workflows and other recent automated security testing innovations for software development and QA teams, visit www.ntobjectives.com or call 1-877-NTO-WEBS (1-877-686-9327).

Tweet: @ntobjectives adds complex application workflow support to #NTOSpider for improved #webappsec testing accuracy http://bit.ly/1jcH7mq

About NT OBJECTives, Inc.

NT OBJECTives, Inc. (NTO) is a provider of the most comprehensive and accurate automated security testing software, services and SaaS for web applications. NTO's customizable suite of solutions includes application security testing, SaaS scanning and in-depth consulting services to help companies build the most comprehensive, efficient and accurate web application security program. NT OBJECTives is privately held with headquarters in Irvine, CA. For more information, visit www.ntobjectives.com or follow us on Twitter at @ntobjectives or @dan_kuykendall.

Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20131111/MM14750LOGO

SOURCE NT OBJECTives, Inc.

More Stories By PR Newswire

Copyright © 2007 PR Newswire. All rights reserved. Republication or redistribution of PRNewswire content is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of PRNewswire. PRNewswire shall not be liable for any errors or delays in the content, or for any actions taken in reliance thereon.

Latest Stories
"Software-defined storage is a big problem in this industry because so many people have different definitions as they see fit to use it," stated Peter McCallum, VP of Datacenter Solutions at FalconStor Software, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 18th Cloud Expo, held June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.
The cloud competition for database hosts is fierce. How do you evaluate a cloud provider for your database platform? In his session at 18th Cloud Expo, Chris Presley, a Solutions Architect at Pythian, gave users a checklist of considerations when choosing a provider. Chris Presley is a Solutions Architect at Pythian. He loves order – making him a premier Microsoft SQL Server expert. Not only has he programmed and administered SQL Server, but he has also shared his expertise and passion with b...
"Operations is sort of the maturation of cloud utilization and the move to the cloud," explained Steve Anderson, Product Manager for BMC’s Cloud Lifecycle Management, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 18th Cloud Expo, held June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.
We're entering the post-smartphone era, where wearable gadgets from watches and fitness bands to glasses and health aids will power the next technological revolution. With mass adoption of wearable devices comes a new data ecosystem that must be protected. Wearables open new pathways that facilitate the tracking, sharing and storing of consumers’ personal health, location and daily activity data. Consumers have some idea of the data these devices capture, but most don’t realize how revealing and...
Unless your company can spend a lot of money on new technology, re-engineering your environment and hiring a comprehensive cybersecurity team, you will most likely move to the cloud or seek external service partnerships. In his session at 18th Cloud Expo, Darren Guccione, CEO of Keeper Security, revealed what you need to know when it comes to encryption in the cloud.
What are the successful IoT innovations from emerging markets? What are the unique challenges and opportunities from these markets? How did the constraints in connectivity among others lead to groundbreaking insights? In her session at @ThingsExpo, Carmen Feliciano, a Principal at AMDG, will answer all these questions and share how you can apply IoT best practices and frameworks from the emerging markets to your own business.
Ask someone to architect an Internet of Things (IoT) solution and you are guaranteed to see a reference to the cloud. This would lead you to believe that IoT requires the cloud to exist. However, there are many IoT use cases where the cloud is not feasible or desirable. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Dave McCarthy, Director of Products at Bsquare Corporation, will discuss the strategies that exist to extend intelligence directly to IoT devices and sensors, freeing them from the constraints of ...
You think you know what’s in your data. But do you? Most organizations are now aware of the business intelligence represented by their data. Data science stands to take this to a level you never thought of – literally. The techniques of data science, when used with the capabilities of Big Data technologies, can make connections you had not yet imagined, helping you discover new insights and ask new questions of your data. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Sarbjit Sarkaria, data science team lead ...
SYS-CON Events announced today the Kubernetes and Google Container Engine Workshop, being held November 3, 2016, in conjunction with @DevOpsSummit at 19th Cloud Expo at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. This workshop led by Sebastian Scheele introduces participants to Kubernetes and Google Container Engine (GKE). Through a combination of instructor-led presentations, demonstrations, and hands-on labs, students learn the key concepts and practices for deploying and maintainin...
Extracting business value from Internet of Things (IoT) data doesn’t happen overnight. There are several requirements that must be satisfied, including IoT device enablement, data analysis, real-time detection of complex events and automated orchestration of actions. Unfortunately, too many companies fall short in achieving their business goals by implementing incomplete solutions or not focusing on tangible use cases. In his general session at @ThingsExpo, Dave McCarthy, Director of Products...
Cloud analytics is dramatically altering business intelligence. Some businesses will capitalize on these promising new technologies and gain key insights that’ll help them gain competitive advantage. And others won’t. Whether you’re a business leader, an IT manager, or an analyst, we want to help you and the people you need to influence with a free copy of “Cloud Analytics for Dummies,” the essential guide to this explosive new space for business intelligence.
Traditional IT, great for stable systems of record, is struggling to cope with newer, agile systems of engagement requirements coming straight from the business. In his session at 18th Cloud Expo, William Morrish, General Manager of Product Sales at Interoute, outlined ways of exploiting new architectures to enable both systems and building them to support your existing platforms, with an eye for the future. Technologies such as Docker and the hyper-convergence of computing, networking and sto...
WebRTC is bringing significant change to the communications landscape that will bridge the worlds of web and telephony, making the Internet the new standard for communications. Cloud9 took the road less traveled and used WebRTC to create a downloadable enterprise-grade communications platform that is changing the communication dynamic in the financial sector. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Leo Papadopoulos, CTO of Cloud9, discussed the importance of WebRTC and how it enables companies to focus...
With an estimated 50 billion devices connected to the Internet by 2020, several industries will begin to expand their capabilities for retaining end point data at the edge to better utilize the range of data types and sheer volume of M2M data generated by the Internet of Things. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Don DeLoach, CEO and President of Infobright, discussed the infrastructures businesses will need to implement to handle this explosion of data by providing specific use cases for filterin...
IoT generates lots of temporal data. But how do you unlock its value? You need to discover patterns that are repeatable in vast quantities of data, understand their meaning, and implement scalable monitoring across multiple data streams in order to monetize the discoveries and insights. Motif discovery and deep learning platforms are emerging to visualize sensor data, to search for patterns and to build application that can monitor real time streams efficiently. In his session at @ThingsExpo, ...