Providing data security has grown to one of the most important aspects of any software product regardless of whether it is a gaming or banking application.
The reason of so much attention to software security lies in increasing the number of software users, value of utilized data, importance of the processes performed and controlled by the software and threats targeting different applications.
The security standards and measures vary for different software products. Specialists in mobile application testing, desktop testing and web site testing claim that they depend on the application functionality, the field where it is used and the type. For instance, providing security of a web application requires more efforts than that of a desktop one.
In General, Software Security Comprises 3 Aspects:
- Protection from an unauthorized access to the system.
- Strict allocation of user roles and their access to certain data.
- Protection of the stored and processed data from damage and loss.
Performing security testing of a desktop application one should focus on its authorization procedure, check whether it safely stores data, is protected from brute force attacks.
In case of web site testing it is necessary to find out whether the system is vulnerable to SQL injections, cross-site scripting, etc. in addition to the mentioned above verifications. It is wise to use the help of experts in penetration testing.