Web Application Assessments

Unsurpassed web application assessment services to ensure that web applications
are secure and compliance requirements are met.

For many firms, web applications are the most crucial part of their operation. They process credit card orders, allow clients access to their sensitive information, conduct business with partners, and more. It's your job to make sure they continue working, stay secure and present your company's image to the online world. nGuard's Web Application Penetration Testing services help to do just that.

Our assessment practice specializes in Web Application Penetration Testing and has performed them for companies all over the world. We utilize engineers with advanced certifications, such as SANS GWAPT (GIAC Web Application Penetration Tester), to ensure the most thorough assessments available.

From Fortune 100 clients to small businesses, our security consultants work with you to specifically tailor Web Application Assessments to your needs.



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nGuard is the clear choice for a superior quality security assessment. Clients choose nGuard for many reasons including:

  • Satisfies Regulatory Compliance – Web application assessments are key to obtaining & maintaining compliance for many regulatory & compliance targets, such as PCI/DSS, HIPAA/HITECH, GLBA, SOX, NERC CIP, FISMA, FERPA, FedRAMP, and more.
  • Addresses the #1 Concern of Security Professionals – A 2015 (ISC)2 Global Information Security Workforce Study reveals that, “Web Application Vulnerabilities are the #1 concern of surveyed security professionals.” Utilizing nGuard to perform regular Web Application Penetration Testing will allow your company to proactively find vulnerabilities, before the hackers do. Performed as part of your web application development cycle, vulnerabilities can be found prior to your applications going live.
  • Protects Your Reputation – Web sites and web applications are the ambassadors to your organization’s online face. A breach to either of these can cause embarrassment, downtime, and harm your company's reputation. Regular and proactive Web Application Penetration Testing dramatically increase your firm's security posture and help to maintain the confidence of your customers and partners.
  • Not Just a Web App Scan – nGuard works with many new clients who, for years, think they've been getting a full web application assessment. In reality, their legacy security firm has been performing a basic web server scan with penetration tools that have some basic web application features enabled. A true web application assessment is far more thorough and is required to identify critical vulnerabilities. It utilizes special tools created specifically for testing web applications. Furthermore, web application assessments utilize engineers uniquely trained in web application testing. nGuard uses both commercial and open source tools, specifically for web application testing. We also utilize engineers with advanced certifications, such as SANS GWAPT (GIAC Web Application Penetration Tester), to ensure the most thorough assessments possible.





  • Nothing Beats Human Insight – Web application scanners can only identify the most basic and easily discovered application vulnerabilities. It's true that web application testing requires trained security engineers analyzing the results of multiple tools and manual hacking attempts. However, running a scanner, like many firms do, is just not enough!
  • The Right Tools for the Job – We believe that a thorough Web Application Penetration Test requires utilizing the best tools available. Our philosophy is to utilize a combination of commercially licensed tools, freely available open source tools, and custom techniques developed in-house to provide extremely thorough assessments.
  • Detects Insider & Outsider Threats – Our security professionals test your web application from multiple user perspectives. From the anonymous user with no username and password, to the authenticated client who should only be able to see their own data, our Web Application Penetration Testing finds vulnerabilities, irrelevant to the level of access you have.
  • Protect Against the OWASP Top 10  – The OWASP Top 10 represents a broad consensus regarding the most critical web application vulnerabilities. Our Web Application Penetration Testing practices place, due to their critical nature, special emphasis on finding vulnerabilities associated with the OWASP Top 10.


nGuard's Web Application Penetration Testing techniques are constantly evolving to confront new threats. Some of the techniques currently in use by our assessment practice include:

  • Application Crawling – Discovers web pages by following known links within the application, as well as attempting thousands of commonly used links that are not explicitly defined within the accessible portions of the application.
  • User Disclosure – Attempts to extract usernames by using the application's own logic and follow information that may imply valid or invalid users.
  • Password Attacks – Once usernames are known, nGuard attempts to break into specific accounts by attacking password weaknesses.
  • Encryption Strength – Test the strength of the encryption technology used for vitally sensitive information, such as login credentials.
  • SQL Injection & Blind SQL Injection – Attempts to gain unauthorized access to information by manipulating web forms and send SQL commands to backend databases.
  • Web Fuzzing – Attempt to find buffer overflows in input variables which may lead to remote code execution on the application hosts.
  • Cross-site Scripting – Attempts to use the application to attack end-users’ browsers by manipulating the URL with attack code that the application serves up to the end user’s browser
  • Reflected Cross-Site Scripting – Attempts to manipulate user input forms, such as blogs or commit logs, so that injected code is executed on additional users who are visiting the page.
  • Cookie Poisoning – Attempts to manipulate the information stored in cookies, causing the application to give additional access.
  • Path Manipulation – Attempts to use the current URL as a base for traversing unauthorized portions of the hosting server.
  • Spam Gateway Detection – Audits the application to see if the forms allow for a user to send unauthorized emails to internal employees or external users.


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