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The Difference Between Automated Pentesting And Dynamic Application Security Testing (DAST)

Prancer
December 29, 2022

Dynamic Application Security Testing (DAST) and Penetration Testing are both important tools for identifying and addressing vulnerabilities in software applications. However, there are some key differences between the two methods that are important to understand.

Definition of DAST:

Dynamic Application Security Testing (DAST) is a type of security testing that is conducted while the application is running. It involves interacting with the application in a way that simulates how a user would interact with it, and identifying any vulnerabilities that are exposed as a result.

Definition of Penetration Testing:

Penetration testing, also known as “pen testing,” is a type of security testing that involves actively attempting to exploit vulnerabilities in a system or application. It simulates the actions of a malicious actor and is designed to identify vulnerabilities that could be exploited by attackers.

Where in the Software Development Lifecycle Each Testing Will be Done:

DAST is typically performed during the testing phase of the software development lifecycle, after the application has been developed but before it is deployed. It is typically used to identify vulnerabilities that may have been introduced during the development process, and to ensure that the application is secure before it is deployed to production.

Penetration testing, on the other hand, is typically performed after the application has been deployed to production. It is typically used to identify vulnerabilities that may have been missed during earlier stages of the development process, and to ensure that the application is secure once it is in use by real users.

Why Companies Need Both DAST and Automated Penetration Testing Tools:

While both DAST and penetration testing are important tools for identifying and addressing vulnerabilities in software applications, they serve different purposes and are most effective when used together.

DAST is designed to identify vulnerabilities that are exposed when the application is running, while penetration testing is designed to identify vulnerabilities that can be exploited by attackers. As a result, companies need both DAST and penetration testing tools to ensure that their applications are as secure as possible.

Using both DAST and penetration testing tools can help companies identify a wider range of vulnerabilities and ensure that their applications are secure against a wide range of potential threats. This can help companies reduce the risk of data breaches and other security incidents, and protect the integrity and reputation of their applications.