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Web applications, often in the form of Software as a Service (SaaS), are now the cornerstone for businesses all over the world. SaaS solutions have revolutionized the way they operate and deliver services, and are essential tools in nearly every industry, from finance and banking to healthcare and education.

Most start-up CTOs have an excellent understanding of how to build highly functional SaaS businesses but (as they are not cyber security professionals) need to gain more knowledge of how to secure the web application that underpins it.

Why test your web applications?

If you are a CTO at a SaaS start-up, you are probably already aware that just because you are small doesn’t mean you’re not on the firing line. The size of a start-up does not exempt it from cyber-attacks – that’s because hackers constantly scan the internet looking for flaws that they can exploit. Additionally, it takes only one weakness, and your customer data could end up on the internet. It takes many years to build a reputation as a start-up – and this can be ruined overnight with a single flaw.

According to recent research from Verizon, web application attacks are involved in 26% of all breaches, and app security is a concern for ¾ of enterprises. This a good reminder that you can’t afford to ignore web application security if you want to keep your customer data secure.

For start-ups as well as enterprises

Hacking is increasingly automated and indiscriminate, so start-ups are just as vulnerable to attack as large enterprises. But no matter where you are on your cybersecurity journey, securing your web apps doesn’t need to be difficult. It helps to have a bit of background knowledge, so here’s our essential guide to kick-start your web app security testing.

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