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5 Best Cloud VAPTs for SMBs

The e-commerce landscape has been radically strengthened in recent times by advances in Internet technologies that allow many more people to connect to the Internet and conduct more transactions.

Today, many more businesses rely on their websites as their primary source of income. Therefore, the security of such online platforms must be prioritized. In this article, we’ll take a look at a list of some of the best cloud-based VAPT (Vulnerability Assessment and Penetration Testing) tools available today and how they’re being used by startups and SMBs.

First, an online or e-commerce business owner must understand the differences and similarities between vulnerability assessment (VA) and penetration testing (PT) in order to decide on the best choice for the business. Although VAs and PTs provide complementary services, there are only subtle differences in what they aim to accomplish.

Difference between VA and VT

When conducting a vulnerability assessment (VA), the tester aims to ensure that all open vulnerabilities in an application, website or network have been defined, identified, classified and prioritized. Vulnerability assessment is said to be an inventory-oriented exercise. This can be achieved with the help of a scanning tool, which we will look at later in this article. Carrying out such an exercise is crucial because it gives companies critical insight into where the gaps are and what they need to fix. This exercise also provides essential information to companies for configuring firewalls such as WAF (Internet Application Firewalls).

Penetration Testing (PT), on the other hand, is more direct and is said to be goal oriented. The goal is not only to investigate the security of the application, but also to exploit the vulnerabilities found. This is a simulation of real cyber attacks on an application or website. Some of these can be done with automated tools; some will be mentioned in the article, and they can be done manually. This is especially important for companies to understand the level of risk the vulnerability poses and how best to protect the vulnerability from possible malicious use.

Therefore, we could justify it; Vulnerability assessment provides input for conducting penetration testing. Hence the need for fully functional tools to help you achieve both of these goals.

Let’s look at the possibilities…

Astra

Astra is a full-featured cloud-based VAPT tool with a focus on e-commerce; supports WordPress, Joomla, OpenCart, Drupal, Magento, PrestaShop and more. It comes with a suite of application, malware and network tests to assess the security of your web application.

It comes with an intuitive dashboard that displays a graphical analysis of the threats blocked on your site, with a specific timeline.

Some features include.

  • A static and dynamic code analysis application

With static code and dynamic analysis that checks your application code before and during runtime to ensure threats are caught in real-time, which can be fixed immediately.

It also automatically scans apps for known malware and removes it. Similarly, checking differences between files to authenticate files that may have been maliciously modified by an internal program or an external attacker. In the Malware Scan section, you can get useful information about potential malware on your website.

Astra also performs automatic threat detection and logging, giving you insight into which parts of your application are most vulnerable to attack and which are most exploited based on previous attack attempts.

  • Payment gateway and infrastructure testing

Performs payment gateway penetration testing for payment integration applications – similar to infrastructure testing to ensure the security of the infrastructure hosting the application.

Astra includes a network penetration test of routers, switches, printers, and other network nodes that may expose your business to internal security threats.

In terms of standards, Astra’s testing is based on major security standards including OWASP, PCI, SANS, CERT, ISO27001.

Invicti

Invicti is a feature-packed solution ready for medium and large enterprises. It offers robust scanning functionality that is the hallmark of Proof-Based-Scanning™ technology with full automation and integration.

Invicti has a large number of integrations with existing tools. It can be easily integrated with issue tracking tools like Jira, Clubhouse, Bugzilla, AzureDevops etc. It also has integration with project management systems like Trello. Similarly with CI (Continuous Integration) systems like Jenkins, Gitlab CI / CD, Circle CI, Azure etc. This gives Invicta the ability to integrate with your SDLC (Software Development Cycle); therefore, build pipelines can now include vulnerability scanning before deploying features to a business application.

The Analytics dashboard provides insight into which security bugs are in the application, their severity levels, and which have been fixed. It also provides information about security vulnerabilities from scan results and possible vulnerabilities.

Sustainable

Tenable.io is an enterprise-ready web application scanning tool that provides important insight into the security perspectives of all web applications.

Easy to set up and run. This tool not only focuses on a single running application, but also on all deployed web applications.

It also bases its vulnerability scanning on the widely popular top ten OWASP vulnerabilities. This allows any security professional to easily run a web application scan and understand the results. You can schedule an automatic scan to avoid the repetitive task of manually rescanning apps.

Pentest-Scanner Tool provides complete information about vulnerability scanning that can be checked on the website.

It includes web fingerprinting, SQL injection, cross-site scripting, remote command execution, local/remote file attachment, etc. Free scanning is also available but with limited features.

Reporting shows details of your site and various vulnerabilities (if any) and their severity levels. Here is a screenshot of the free “Light Scan” report.

In the PRO account, you can choose the scanning method you want to perform.

The dashboard is quite intuitive and gives you a full overview of all scans performed and the different severity levels.

You can also schedule a threat scan. Similarly, the tool has a reporting function that allows the tester to generate vulnerability reports from the scans performed.

Google SCC

The Security Command Center (SCC) is the source of security monitoring for Google Cloud.

This allows Google Cloud users to configure security monitoring for existing projects without additional tools.

SCC includes various sources of native security. Including

  • Cloud Anomaly Detection – Useful for detecting corrupted data packets generated by DDoS attacks.
  • Cloud Security Scanner – useful for detecting security vulnerabilities such as cross-site scripting (XSS), use of clear text passwords, and outdated libraries in an application.
  • Cloud DLP Data Discovery – Displays a list of storage containers that contain sensitive and/or regulated data
  • Forseti Cloud SCC Connector – allows you to create your own custom scanners and detectors

It also includes partner solutions such as CloudGuard, Chef Automate, Qualys Cloud Security, Reblaze. All of this can be integrated with Cloud SCC.

Application

Website security is a challenge, but with tools that make it easier to identify what’s vulnerable and mitigate online threats. If you haven’t already, try the solution above today to protect your online business.

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