Software appli­cation devel­opers have to focus on security testing crucially in today’s web world, since more and more people everyday have integrated Internet and software into their daily life. Whether it is mobile, computer software, monitoring system or even airplane, every­thing requires software to perform their rudimentary functions. Although most of your software users may not know much about software security, it is absolutely necessary for you to perform software security testing as a software provider in order to protect your software, as well as your clients, from illegal malicious activ­ities by hackers and pranksters.

These are the top 6 software security threats identified in 2016

1. SQL Injection
This code injection method directly attacks software that is data driven by injecting an SQL query through the input data. This can basically leave all your client data vulnerable to the hackers.
2. Broken Authen­ti­cation and Session Management
For software that works on authen­ti­cation and sign-in system, this vulner­a­bility can let any unautho­rized person access the user’s identity and data, which can result in loss of confi­den­tiality and avail­ability of data.
3. XSS or Cross Site Scripting
Typically found in software that connects through the Internet (web-based), cross site scripting vulner­a­bility results in the hackers being able to relay client-side script on the web pages that are viewed by other users. This method has become the centre of attention in the hacking universe in the past few years.
4. Insecure Direct Object References
This vulner­a­bility can grant a hacker who is an existing software user to violate the security of the software easily by changing the parameter and accessing the part of system that the particular user is not autho­rized for. This can enable the hacker to wreck havoc from within the software.
5. Security Misconfiguration
This vulner­a­bility can happen at any stage in the software, including custom code, web server, appli­cation framework and database. The hacker either gains access or knowledge of the internal system through unpro­tected files and direc­tories, system flaws, etc.
6. Cross Site Request Forgery
This vulner­a­bility allows the autho­rized users to access system functions which are left unpro­tected by the software, by changing the URL or a parameter that grants access to privi­leged functions. If the admin­is­trative functions of software fall in the wrong hands, they can be used to expose private data processes of other users, which can severely degrade the reputation of the software.
Hackers have always found their way into the software by breaking its security parameters, and following up on just a few software security testing measures won’t solve the problem for good. Continuous improve­ments in the software’s security will strengthen not only the software, but the trust you share with your software users. Hence, it is highly recom­mended that security testing for your software must be integrated into the software development process, so that it is imple­mented from the very foundation. We all wish to create software for our clients that is not only reliable in terms of processing and user experience, but also safeguards their privacy and secures their confi­dential data.