Two popular software development testing methods are the RAD and DAST method. What are they? How do they differ? How can one determine if a software product is correctable? Here is a short discussion on these two testing methods:
RAD Testing: This is a more complicated method of testing. In this method, a tester uses a variety of tools to “sand” the application code. The application security process in place will not allow for modifications of the code during the testing phase. After the application is tested, the tester creates a demo, or “play-back” file, that replicates the results of the application security check, and compares it with the original version.
The dast tool for application security testing uses a different approach than the RAD tool. In a dast test, a tester uses a virtual machine to create a “virtual machine” code that is run on a host computer. A pen test, on the other hand, only requires a simple click and drag operation from the tester’s point of view.
So why is dast testing a better option? The main benefit to pen testing is that it can be performed continuously without having to restart the entire testing process. The amount of time it takes to perform a test can be minimized when there are multiple testers. The lack of requirements for installation, setup and configuration of a machine is another plus. The lack of specialized knowledge is a third major benefit.
Dast Vs Pen Testing
With the use of a pen testing tool, you can assure that all security holes have been corrected. There is no need to wait for the system administrator to certify the application code has been scanned for holes or vulnerabilities. A quick verification using dast or similar verification method will suffice.
Security testing application software is more complex than just verifying the application code. Often, there is a need to test for a number of criteria in order to pinpoint weak areas of the application. This process is known as a white-box testing strategy. It differs from black-box testing in that with white-box testing, the tester relies on the capabilities of the application program to determine whether the security holes exist. With black-box testing, a tester merely observes the behavior of the program without attempting to find the security flaws. The goal with this type of application testing is to determine whether the program has a vulnerability and to determine how severe the vulnerability is.
Many companies require their application developers to use pen and test security at the same time. By combining these two processes, companies gain several benefits. Pen Testing: With the use of a pen and a scanner, application security testers can quickly determine if a program is vulnerable. Once the tester verifies the potential vulnerability, he or she can create a log detailing the vulnerability and the steps required to fix it. Following these steps allows the application developer to release the fix without the risk of creating an additional problem.
Dast Testing: With the use of a device known as a dast tool, application security testers can perform a more detailed scan of the application than a simple pen scan. Using a dast tool, a tester can uncover issues with the application’s programming code as well as issues with the application’s performance. Both these scans carry significantly higher false-positive rates than a simple pen scan so the data gathered from both types of scans can provide a more accurate picture of the problem. These two tests combined can provide the information necessary for the application’s developers to address the issue quickly and efficiently.