Application Security: Hardening The Applications Attack Surface

The majority of successful organizational breaches (90%) and incidents (50%) happen on the web application layer¹


To protect against these attacks over time, enterprise application security testing must be integrated into the software development lifecycle.

Synack’s on-demand SaaS platform for crowdsourced security expertise allows for activation of a team of elite researchers to test web and mobile applications for damaging vulnerabilities and weaknesses on a continuous or point-in-time basis. The team utilizes standards like the OWASP Application Security Verification Standard (ASVS) and checks for potentially-serious vulnerabilities in applications like remote code execution, SQL injection, cross site scripting (XSS), and more.

Organizations that tested their assets regularly for 3 years decreased the following application security vulns:

  • 33.3% in SQL Injection Vulnerabilities
  • 30% in Remote Execution Vulnerabilities
  • 57% in XSS Vulnerabilities

¹ 2021 Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report


A High-Level Look at Synack’s Application Testing Coverage

Web Application Testing

  • Remote Code Execution
  • XSS (Cross Site Scripting)
  • Identity and Access
  • Session Validation
  • Code Injections
  • Cryptography
  • Deployment and Configurations

Mobile Testing

  • iOS and Android
  • Information Gathering
  • Identity Management
  • Authorization Testing
  • Data Validation Testing
  • Authentication Testing
  • Session Management

Where Crowdsourced Penetration Testing Fits In The Development (DevSecOps) Cycle

As your applications grow, so too does the scope of your security needs and the pace at which you must test.

To efficiently address your applications’ security needs in the development cycle, as well as to keep pace with the release of new code, your security team needs to be able to integrate findings into the development process and provide actionable feedback to developers.

Synack’s crowdsourced testing provides prioritized, actionable feedback on vulnerabilities that enables immediate remediation. Synack provides an adversarial perspective on a continuous or point-in-time cadence that aligns to your development cycles. We scale up testing and deploy on demand to meet your DevSecOps needs. With crowdsourced pentesting, the pool of researchers will provide you with an order of magnitude more perspectives, approaches, and overall eyes on your product.

“Right off the bat, we knew it was a good idea to leverage crowdsourcing... to help us solve the scale problem.”


To make Synack’s integration into your development process seamless, Synack’s portal supports integrations with DevOps tools like Jira, Splunk, Kenna, Netsparker and ServiceNow.

Efficiently address Application Security Vulnerabilities Through the Synack Portal

Application vulnerabilities, from SQL injection to XSS, will be enumerated in the Synack client portal for you to remediate. Learn more about the product and how you can take action on your application vulnerabilities, initiate tests, review patches and more.