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WEB APPLICATION SCANNER

Protecting software with a web application scanner.

A web application scanner is a critical part of enterprise application security. Web applications are one of the most vulnerable aspects of enterprise security – more than half of all successful breaches involve web apps. A web application scanner helps administrators and developers to find malicious code like cross-site scripting or SQL injection in Java as well as backdoors and other threats that hackers may use to attack an organization, steal data or wreak havoc.

While a web application scanner can be highly effective, most web vulnerability scanners are expensive to procure and time-consuming to manage. Additionally, the typical web application scanner requires access to software source code, limiting its effectiveness with commercial code and applications that are built with proprietary third-party software.

For organizations seeking a more affordable, efficient and flexible solution, Veracode provides web application scanning technology in an on-demand, cloud-based service.

An on-demand web application scanner from Veracode.

Veracode is a leading provider of application security solutions that help organizations protect the software they rely on for business-critical operations. Built on a cloud-based platform, our technology enables organizations to find and fix flaws at any point in the software development lifecycle.

Our web application scanner enables developers to quickly and easily scan software that is built, bought or assembled, and to receive results and a remediation plan within hours. Results are returned with a list of flaws to fix first, based on severity, as well as step-by-step guidance for remediating issues. Scans can be routinely executed as a standard step in the build process, with all testing procedures automated to improve efficiency. And with highly accurate results, our web application scanner enables developers to spend less time worrying about false positives and more time getting verified applications into production.

Comprehensive testing tools in Veracode’s web application scanner.

Veracode’s web application scanner includes multiple testing methodologies to improve accuracy and effectiveness of security analysis.

  • Static Analysis Security Testing (SAST) examines code from the inside out to look for common vulnerabilities such as SQL injection and cross-site scripting, as well as coding errors like buffer overflows and unhandled error conditions.
  • Dynamic Analysis Security Testing (DAST) searches for flaws the way an attacker would – from the outside of the application with no knowledge of the software’s structure or source code.
  • Software Composition Analysis identifies vulnerabilities in open source and commercial code.
  • Veracode Greenlight provides alerts and remediation advice within a developer’s IDE as code is being written.

Learn more about a web application scanner from Veracode, or download an SQL cheat sheet to learn more about preventing this malicious threat.

 

 

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