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What is DAST Scanning?
DAST Scanning is testing an application for vulnerabilities from outside by attacking it like a potentially malicious user or hacker. It is carried out when the application is running. After the simulated attack, the DAST tool searches for outcomes that are not a part of the expected result set and highlights security vulnerabilities like injection errors, path traversal, and cross-site scripting.
DAST is an excellent technique for identifying authentication errors and insecure server configurations. The key advantage is that it has a lower false-positive rate than any other security testing method.
What Is the Purpose & Benefits of DAST Testing?
DAST stands for Dynamic Application Security Testing. Known primarily for testing web applications, DAST is also an effective method for testing mobile apps’ security. It involves the use of the same or similar techniques an attacker would use to access the app.
The purpose of DAST is to identify and address any security loopholes/vulnerabilities that could be exploited by potential hackers to gain unauthorized access to your app.
Here’s how DAST testing benefits you:
- You can perform a comprehensive security test using DAST covering the app’s code, UI, and infrastructure.
- Automated DAST tools can help you perform multiple automated scans on multiple mobile apps. This way, you can find more vulnerabilities in less time and at affordable prices.
- Using DAST, you can identify vulnerabilities early in the development process. This way, solving issues becomes easier.
- DAST scans can help you avert legal and regulatory issues by pointing out any compliance gaps.
- All in all, DAST can make your mobile application more secure and resilient to cyber-attacks.
What Are Some Common Types of DAST Scanning Tool Techniques Used for Mobile App Testing?
DAST scan is a testing methodology that checks whether the applications' functionality is working as it should. Here are a few types of dynamic analysis techniques:
- Unit Testing – Checks if the code is performing as per predetermined requirements.
- System Testing – Checks if the overall functionality aligns with the requirements.
- User Acceptance Testing (UAT) – Uses real-life scenarios and data representation test cases to check whether the application will meet the needs of end users.
- Baseline Testing- Conducted to identify performance degradation, if any, with time as an application changes. If the testing depicts no changes in the performance, the data can be used for establishing a baseline performance.
- Compliance Testing- Ensures that the application system and processes comply with the organization's internal and industry's external standards and guidelines.
Performance Testing- Evaluate the application's alertness, stability, accuracy, and scalability.