How Software Testing Is Incorporated Into Cyber Security

With the ever-increasing number of cyberattacks, it’s more crucial than ever for companies to invest in cybersecurity. It seems like just about every day, there’s another major breach reported somewhere online or offline.

This can lead to millions or billions of data points being compromised and stolen by hackers. In addition, these breaches are costly and take a long time to recover from. In this post, we’ll share seven ways that software testing should be incorporated into cyber security, including end-to-end testing, fuzzing, penetration testing, and more.

End-to-end Testing

Software consists of modules and processes which interact with one another. It’s essential to check these interactions between elements when integrating new features or updates into an existing product because vulnerabilities lie at the code level and in how functions communicate with each other.

 

With end-to-end testing, companies can check for gaps in these interactions before an update reaches production. This also allows companies to find bugs earlier, which saves them time and money when developing new features or updates for their products.

Penetration Testing

A penetration test is essentially a simulated attack against an IT infrastructure, website, or application where the tester acts as a malicious hacker to break into one or more systems. Penetration testing is vital because it provides teams real-world experience in how hackers work, what tools they use, and how they think about entering any system.

This knowledge gained through penetration testing prevents cyber attacks by uncovering vulnerabilities that would otherwise be unknown until after something terrible has happened. With all of this in mind, penetration testing is performed in a controlled environment that helps companies identify and fix vulnerabilities that hackers could exploit once the product reaches production.

Security Testing

It’s vital for security testing to be performed at all stages of a software development life cycle. It includes any time an update is being made, a new feature needs to be added, or even an upgraded package. When companies fail to do this, their products are more likely to contain security vulnerabilities, leading to costly breaches and high turnover rates among employees who have had their personal information stolen from the company’s systems.

With all of this in mind, consistency across all stages of the software development life cycle, including usability testing, helps ensure that sensitive information isn’t compromised by hackers ever again.

Configuration Management Testing

When updates need to be made, or new features need to be added, it becomes crucial for companies to ensure that configurations don’t get broken along the way. This is where configuration management testing comes in, providing proper software configuration and control by checking configuration changes before entering production environments.

When companies fail to perform configuration management testing, their products are more vulnerable to cyber-attacks because of the increased risk of unwanted behaviors such as poor performance or crashes.

Usability Testing

Companies of all sizes and industries must test usability when developing any product, including websites, mobile applications, IoT devices, and more. When usability issues aren’t identified until a product has been released into production, this can cause a significant loss in revenue due to lower customer satisfaction rates.

It also leads to higher turnover rates as customers leave the company because of how difficult it is to use their products. With all of this in mind, usability testing ensures that a product is easy and efficient enough to use, which helps companies retain their customers and attract new ones.

Fuzzing

When developing software, it’s essential to ensure that all inputs are validated and checked for errors before being processed. However, even when taking precautions like this, there still could be problems with how data is read or used later in a system since requirements often change throughout development.

To find these issues early in testing, a business can use fuzzing to test how inputs are passed around between different components in an application. This will flag any unexpected states within the application, including invalid memory accesses or preventing crashes, leading to security flaws allowing attackers unauthorized access into a system.

SAAS, PAAS, & IAAS

When it comes to cyber security, a business can’t afford to be hacked. With all of this in mind, on-demand cloud computing models such as Software as a Service (SAAS), Platform as a Service (PAAS), Anything as a Service (XAAS), and Infrastructure as a Service (IAAS) have been gaining popularity over the past several years.

With all of these services (SAAS, PAAS, & IAAS), companies can access software and computing resources that are centrally managed with support for the latest technologies.

To ensure complete security when testing on these platforms, companies should always download the latest version of their operating system (such as from PAAS providers) and re-test any code before uploading it to avoid vulnerabilities in the creation process.

Developer Training

It’s important to note these potential cyber security issues early on in the development process to be addressed. There should be a greater awareness of security across teams, with developers training them how to write better code with fewer flaws, which would cut down on testing their products before release.

If companies can implement proactive security strategies throughout the development lifecycle, this should strengthen software security before it’s released to the market.

Cloud Deployment 

The same applies to cloud deployments with features that have been added as part of a new update. In the past, software updates may have been made directly on a company’s servers themselves, but making these changes is more straightforward and accessible with cloud computing. However, businesses will still need to test these updates before they go live to make sure no issues occur since it could potentially affect many different customers at once.

Conclusion

By incorporating software testing into cyber security, companies can build more secure systems that are reliable enough to use throughout their organization. In addition, when development teams have processes to inspect their code for bugs before release, fewer chances of vulnerabilities are introduced. It is crucial since new online threats are created daily, which can be dangerous if they aren’t discovered beforehand.

Since many different roles within a company contribute to information technology, it’s essential not to forget how everyone can help keep products secure throughout the development process. Putting in the effort and investing time early in testing will help maintain a productive workflow when developing new digital products, so they don’t introduce any unexpected risks or flaws.