Penetration Testing

API Security Testing

An Application Programming Interface (API) is the backbone of many applications, enabling data to be accessed and shared efficiently. APIs can use application logic and store sensitive data such as Personally Identifiable Information (PII) and have become a common target for attackers.

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API Security Testing

A poorly configured API can expose a large attack surface, and API exploitation frequently results in significant data breaches. Unfortunately, vulnerability and web application scans are rarely enough to uncover API specific vulnerabilities. API Security focuses on strategies and solutions to understand and mitigate APIs' unique vulnerabilities and security risks.

North Star use their extensive experience alongside industry guidelines such as the OWASP API Top Ten to conduct the assessment. Our consultants will always cover the OWASP API Top 10 vulnerabilities that commonly affect APIs, in addition to looking for unique vulnerabilities, whilst every endpoint and input field will be tested. North Star also utilises automated and essential manual testing to ensure complete coverage.

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What we do

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Specific tests

API tests are specifically designed to verify that all system components function as intended and help uncover potential flaws in interfaces, servers, and databases, leading to improving software quality and contributing to better user experiences.

DevOps

API tests can be executed as early as the business logic is defined and before any GUI testing. So it will help you to identify issues early in the development cycle. This means less expense to fix flaws and reduce the cost of application changes.

Time value

API Testing doesn't require a Graphical User Interface (GUI), and it can be performed early in the development cycle. In addition to that, API tests are significantly less time-consuming when compared to user interface tests. For example, completing a complex HTML page can take several minutes, whereas API testing allows instant access to input data.

Reduced costs

Reduced cost is closely connected with Time Value. API tests can be executed quickly using automated and manual methods, leading to more efficient resources and reduced testing costs. Additionally, APIs typically come with detailed documentation, which ensures thorough and cost-effective testing

Stability

While GUI's are dynamic and may change to accommodate new requests, API interfaces are generally stable, and due to this inherent stability, API tests are also much easier to conduct. Testing the code-level functionality of the application provides an early assessment of its overall build strength before running GUI tests, exposing small errors before they become significant issues.

Accuracy

Conducting automated testing helps perform the same or repetitive steps accurately and never miss out on a specific test. Then manual testing is conducted to deal with sophisticated features or specific vulnerabilities.

Methodology

How we work

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Contact

Get in touch and speak with one of the team.

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Strategy

Strategic scoping call with our leading technical advisor to find out your exact requirements

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RoadmaP

Tailor a roadmap to exactly what you need. We look to partner with our clients and be the trusted advisor they need

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Onboarding

Our onboarding process is streamlined and smooth to ensue there is little to no disruption to your service

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Continuous service

Your continuous security plan will give you the confidence in your security trusting an accredited professional partner is on hand 24/7

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How we do it

Pre-Engagement

North Star will engage with the client to determine their requirements and ensure that the engagement is correctly scoped to deliver on those requirements and make sure all of the correct legal requirements are satisfied.

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Pre-Engagement

North Star will engage with the client to determine their requirements and ensure that the engagement is correctly scoped to deliver on those requirements and make sure all of the correct legal requirements are satisfied

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Reconnaissance

This phase helps obtain information about available services, potential versions of the services and get a general understanding of the environment that will be tested

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Threat Modelling

Using all of the information gathered in the reconnaissance phase, North Star will determine where the potential risk of exploitation lies and create a plan to verify those findings

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Exploitation

During this phase, and as agreed with the client in the pre-engagement phase North Star will attempt to exploit any vulnerabilities or misconfigurations identified in the previous phases to confirm that the risk exists

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Post-Exploitation

Depending on the agreed approach for exploitation, North Star may also attempt to gain further access from the compromised host(s) further into the client’s network or attempt to obtain sensitive information

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Reporting

As with all of North Star services, we will provide detailed expert advice in our report to help align your infrastructure with industry best practice security standards

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Clean-up

As far as is possible, the systems tested will be returned to their pre-test state to remove any uploaded files or elevated accounts that were created

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Our Happy Customers

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From a business perspective, North Star provide an efficient, thorough, and cost-effective security service which has benefitted thinkmoney considerably over the course of the last year.

Glenn Sproule
CISO thinkmoney
thinkmoney

From a business perspective, North Star provide an efficient, thorough, and cost-effective security service which has benefitted thinkmoney considerably over the course of the last year.

Glenn Sproule
CISO, thinkmoney
SSE Utilities Solutions

Their knowledge in the subject matter was excellent and I found them easy to engage, personable and approachable.

Ian Cheshire
Enterprise IT Lead Solution Architect, SSE Utilities Solutions
Connected Tech Group

It’s really refreshing to work with experts who act as an extension of our team. North Star don’t stop at identifying issues, they are happy to work with us to solve them too.

Andrew Cockayne
CEO, Connected Tech Group
Pickfords

If you are looking for a company to really deliver on the service they are offering, I would look no further. Very quick and easy process. They completed the report within a tight timeframe and offered plenty of helpful advice!

Waseem Akram
Group IT Manager, Pickfords

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