What is Application Penetration Testing?

It is a security assessment of an application. The objective is to identify any security weaknesses that can be exploited by hackers.

Any web application may be targeted by criminals. Many web sites provide access to valuable data such as credit card details, personal information or intellectual property.

A common part of application penetration testing is understanding how the application deals with data entered by the user. This is known as Input Validation. If the application cannot filter out unexpected input, it can potentially be controlled by the hacker.

Other problem areas evaluated during a test includes weak passwords, poorly implemented access control, overly helpful error messages and not updating default application configuration. A trusted resource for understanding what can go wrong is provided by OWASP.

Application Penetration Testing is not an automated process. Criminals and hackers are often well skilled, so the same approach should be used when performing an application penetration test. This means using experienced testers to ensure a thorough assessment.

Testing results should clearly show what is wrong and offer actionable, easy to understand advice on how to fix issues.


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Application Penetration Testing without the hype

Hearing the same message time and time again from penetration testing companies..?   We excel… we are industry certified… we are experienced… we are the best….

Back to reality

Everyone is saying the same thing. It can be difficult to choose where everyone is reciting similar accolades. After all talk is cheap and the cyber security industry has more than its fair share of bold claims and magic bullets.

We do not forget who is important

Here at Ambersail we put you first. You … the customer. Never mind how marvellous we are … or how accredited we are … or how many countries we operate in. It is You that is important. Your requirements. Your budget. Your applications that need testing.

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Easy to get started

On contacting us, you will speak with a person who understands Application Security. We will understand what you need and then confirm what you can expect from the exercise. The discussion results in a cost schedule that will work within your budget. You will see exactly what you are going to get for your money.


Whether you may need us to come on site or work remotely, we can be working with you at the earliest opportunity. Our application test suite and engineer team can assess the largest and most complex applications. This we do to industry standards such as OWASP, so you be confident that results are recognised and respected.

Results Focussed

As we test, any serious issues identified are immediately disclosed. Once testing has completed, we provide easy to read reports. Information on fixing weaknesses is clearly stated. We walk through these results with you just to make absolutely sure that you understand what we have found and how to fix any issues.

Value for money

We aim to provide you with application penetration testing to suit your requirements. That could be a modest Ecommerce application for compliance purposes or a complicated suite of applications as you would find at large financial institutions.

Meeting your requirements

When testing begins, we set to work identifying issues and vulnerabilities. This can be influenced with specific objectives from you. If you need us to focus on any aspect in particular, we can accommodate.

Understandable reports

When testing is complete, you can expect a detailed report that includes both specific findings with fix information and management style reporting.

Contact us to get started on securing your applications.

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