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Tuesday, May 1, 2012

How does penetration testing tool emphasize on data base security?

Data base is one of the critical elements of a web application and very much crucial for its proper functioning. All of the sensitive information regarding the functioning of the application as well as the user data is stored in the data base. 

This data is of very much use to the attacker. The attackers can steal this data and use it to their advantage. Therefore, it becomes absolutely necessary that the data base of an application must be provided with adequate security coverage.

Penetration testing is one of the ways to ensure the data base security. Most of us are familiar with what actually is the penetration testing. In this piece of writing we have discussed how the penetration testing tools emphasize up on the data base security. 

About Penetration Testing and Database Security

- Penetration testing is yet another testing methodology that has been adopted for testing the security of a computer network or system against the malicious attacks.
- It is quite a decent measure to evaluate the security level of the computer network by bombarding the network with false simulated attacks as malicious attacks from the outside as well as inside attackers.
Penetration testing is concerned with the security of the data base both from the aliens, foreigners or outside attackers who do not hold any authorized access to the computer system or network as well as the inside attackers who do have that access, but it is limited to a certain level. 
- The whole process of the penetration testing involves performing an active analysis using the penetration testing tools.
- This active analysis brings about an assessment of all the potential vulnerabilities of the whole data base system that are merely a consequence of the malfunctioning of the poor security level as well as configuration level of the application. 
- This active analysis is deemed to successful only if it has been carried out from the view point of a malicious attacker and is concerned about the active exploitation of the recognized vulnerabilities.
- The data base security depends up on the effectiveness of the testing which is in turn is affected by the effectiveness of the tools that are employed in the testing. 
- The tools indeed affect data base security, since the more effective are the tools, the more improvement will be there in the security mechanisms.

How Penetration Testing emphasize on Database Security?

- First step in the penetration testing of the data base is always the identification and recognition of the vulnerabilities and security leaks. 
- A number of penetration tests are then carried out on that particular application data base while simultaneously coupling the information with the active assessment of the risks and threats associated with the data base using the penetration testing tools.
- A whole lot of effective tools are designed to reduce the affect of these vulnerabilities.
- Penetration testing tools have been recognized as important component of the data base security audits.
- There are several other reasons why the penetration testing tools holds good for the data base security:
  1. They provide assistance in the assessment of the measure of the operational and business impacts of the attacks on the data base system.
  2. Successfully test the effectiveness of the security defenders in detecting and responding to the attacks.
  3. Provide the evidence in support of the investments that need to be made in the security field of the data base.

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