Security of a web application is becoming imperative with each passing day. Based on the size, complexities and corporate policies, some specific steps can be taken to meet the testing needs.
Identifying the objectives
You must write down the test objections in order to make them measurable. This will facilitate yours as well as the team’s understanding of the needs. It is also imperative to prioritize the objectives. The application does not need to be perfect but it should meet the customer’s expectations and requirements.
Reporting and process
It is vital to make everyone aware of their duties. Simple details of which person should report to whom needs to be clearly defined in the organizational chart. Your business needs should determine how you want the testing process to be performed. The most important point is to ensure that everyone works as a team with a common objective. The formula “One size fitting all” doesn’t exist.
The execution stage will see generation of a huge number of defects as well as bugs. Not only would you want to organize and distribute the information to the requisite members but also keep the management in loop..
A test environment would need to be different from the production and development environment. This means there is a need of a separate database server, web server and application server. It may or may not be possible to utilize the existing facilities to set up a new test environment.
Testing the usability
Some critical aspects of web application affecting user experience are tested at this stage. This includes the ease of navigation through the web application as well as gauge if the feel of the page is consistent in every page, in aspects of font sizes and colors.
Testing at the unit level
At this stage, you test for checking little portions of functionality. It is best to ensure that information collected from users is handled gracefully. Keeping the security of the customer’s personal details are a requisite for every web application.
Verify the HTML
HTML is the language through which your system displays the web pages. HTML allows anyone to access information from any place on the World Wide Web. But, sometimes, a developer may end up using a HTML tag which might not function with all the intended users.
This is the only reason why verifying HTML can be extremely time consuming. It is mandatory to ensure that syntax is right and also one should verify how pages reflect on different browsers.
Testing the load
In load testing, you should check the simulation of the web application and how users will make use of it. The sooner the beginning, the better it is. Small changes in design can have a significant impact on scalability and performance of your web application.
A user is sometimes frustrated on the waiting time related to opening of a web page. That is why, it is best suggested that most of the pages should load in less than 15 seconds.
User Acceptance Testing
This step ensures that the web application is serving its purpose correctly. A beta test of the web application can be an effective way to check user acceptance.
Hackers are always on the prowl, looking for a gap in the security which they can use to their advantage. Your web application should be tested for both internal as well as external threats.
The simplest thing which one should begin with is to prioritize tasks and solicit fellow team members. The above steps can provide the company with a chance to make millions and hence help an equal number of people at the same time. It’s all about chancing the security and making the most of it.
Tom Rhoddings is the author of this post. He helps provide information related to application security testing through his articles.