How to run a dynamic application security test (DAST): Tips & tools

Since a website serves as a means to represent an organization, it is imperative to protect them from attackers and safeguard them from various cyberattacks.

Also, all the confidential data of the organization is saved in a database, and one of the ways to access this data is through websites — since web servers and databases are connected, thus making web applications more lucrative to attackers. 

Web application security 

Many resources are available that provide guidelines to protect your website: the major ones being Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP) or the Penetration Testing Execution Standard (PTES).

The following are the major approaches followed at the industry level to secure websites:

Dynamic application security test (DAST) Interactive application security test (IAST) Static application security test (SAST) Software composition analysis (SCA)

In this article, we’ll focus on the dynamic application security testing. 

Dynamic application security test 

A dynamic application security test (DAST) involves vulnerability scanning of the application using a scanner. DAST is a form of black-box testing in which neither the source code nor the architecture of the application is known. Thus, DAST uses the same technique which an attacker exercises for finding potential vulnerabilities in the

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