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Why is SaaS penetration testing assessment important for businesses?

Security has taken a hot seat of ‘strategic importance’ in board rooms compared to the traditional ‘cost center’. Increasing reliability on third-party cloud services has raised awareness around data security and privacy concerns. 

Both the parties, SaaS service providers and their customers, commonly provide their solutions for thorough SaaS penetration testing to determine the unknowns to assess and prepare for futuristic events. 

Data breaches and compliance are the two most common reasons to justify security testing. Attacks targeting cloud-based infrastructure have been increasing by 50% year over year, as stated in Verizon Data Breach Report 2020.

Although some weaknesses may or may not be known to security teams, cyber assurance to validate your security controls offering peace of mind to customers in one fell swoop is seen as a critical step in the development lifecycle.

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How to perform SaaS penetration testing?

Cyphere’s Software as a Service (SaaS) security testing takes a more comprehensive approach in showing you the unknowns where your blind spots are. Whether it is due to compliance, customer pressures or other reasons, SaaS assessments sometimes take the form of vulnerability assessments and SaaS application security testing.

SaaS penetration testing also referred to as “ethical hacking“, is conducted to identify, assess and exploit the vulnerabilities to simulate a threat actor’s approach in real-time. It includes tailored advice on how to mitigate the identified risks with clear information around the likelihood and impact of successful attacks. Cyphere’s security consultants agree on the white box, grey box or black box pen test methodologies that define the threat scenarios to be simulated during the assessment. Our assessment methodology is aligned to various standards such as OWASP, CIS and SANS controls to provide clarity for customers. 

To align with proactive secure software approach for a SaaS application, SaaS security testing or one component security assessment alone is not sufficient approach to test the breadth and depth of an asset. It also involves architectural reviews, source code reviews, networks, management and project related processes. 

Specifically, SaaS related application security concerns in addition to pentest checks include business logic and workflow vulnerabilities, third-party modules and integrations security issues. SaaS application security tools utilised during assessments are no different than pen testing such as Burp web proxy suite, other web vulnerability and network scanners, scripts and WAF configuration checks. As a SaaS security company, it is the added expertise, understanding of application and business logic that makes the difference. 

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SaaS Security Testing Methodology

Step 1
Step 1

Identity and Access Management (IAM)

This phase involves reviewing identity and access management related controls. Generally, these include checks on the use of higher privilege accounts, use of MFA, password policy, IAM policies, access keys and credentials usage policies

Step 2
Step 2

SaaS Logging

This phase includes reviews around CloudTrail log settings, trails configuration and use of CloudWatch or similar setup. Configuration settings, storage access logging and encryption are also reviewed.

Step 3
Step 3

Network Security

This involves checks around firewall/NSG, controls such as ingress, egress rulesets, flow logging, traffic restrictions, and least access privileges.

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Step 4


Cloud monitoring is one of the critical elements of security for SaaS applications. You must know what’s being accessed, attempted for access or has been granted access. Audit events help with internal improvements as well as record keeping in case of an incident. These reviews include checks for real-time monitoring configuration, management sign-ins, unauthorised API calls, alarms for any changes made to access control lists, security policy/groups, routing tables, and related parameters.

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