Most of the organizations perform application security testing during the end of their software development life cycle. They mostly outsource their application security testing to a third party testing agency and based on their feedback they fix their security vulnerabilities. Most of the cases, the report they received from these agencies don’t provide enough coverage. They report the most commonly found bugs which can be found in scanners. Critical severity bugs often get unnoticed.
Traditional security testing follows waterfall model of SDLC. Crowdsourced security testing follows an agile model where the certain group of tasks can happen parallelly. Various phases of testing include:
Scheduling in a crowdsourced testing setup is on-demand where traditional testing with consulting firm requires advance notice.
Assessment is quick in crowdsourced testing as a lot of testers are working for finding vulnerabilities.
In traditional testing setup, bugs are reported after the entire assessment is done. In Crowdsourced testing, bugs are reported on the platform as on when it is found.
4. Report Validation
Validation, prioritization, and communication of results to development may be very manual and take some time in the traditional model. The crowdsourced pen test platform
makes it easy by facilitating collaboration between security, pen testers, and development.
5. Bug Fix
Bug fixing is done at the customer side. The earlier the bug is reported, bug fixing can start early. Crowdsourced testing provides early reporting and hence sufficient lead time to fix the bug.
6. Re-Test and Verify
Re-testing and verification may not be included in a traditional testing. It gets considered for next testing cycle. Re-testing and verification are generally considered in crowd sourced testing.
Check out our blog on “Benefits of Bug Bounty Program Over Traditional Penetration Services”