API Application Penetration Testing

Our application programming interface (API) penetration testing helps you proactively identify and remediate vulnerabilities in the APIs you use to support your business applications.

Expert API Application Penetration Testing Services

Web-based attacks have become routine for any organization with an internet presence. The single most common target of these attacks is the set of applications that make up that organization’s presence. This includes targeting the organization’s systems, services, and tools that support those applications as well as the applications themselves.

A big part of those applications includes how they are accessed – by users, by other applications and services. Much of this functionality is controlled by the APIs the organization has included in their implementations. APIs are critical components in modern web-based applications. They potentially expose application logic and sensitive data as they help control data flows. API attacks tend to focus on authentication, authorization, asset management, injections, and insufficient logging. Successful attacks can potentially provide an attacker access to the supported applications or to the data to which the application has access.

Evolve Security’s API penetration testing are designed to help you proactively manage these risks. Evolve Security provides information to help you identify, prioritize, remediate, manage, and report on the vulnerabilities associated with your implemented APIs. Since the web and your supporting applications are very dynamic, Evolve Security is committed using our Darwin Attack® portal to enable near real-time communications, providing you with results as the test progresses. And these results are not just jargon laden content, but meaningful details about the identified vulnerabilities, potential consequences, and recommended remediations.

This active collaboration means you can start prioritization and remediation immediately, making the best use of the actionable information associated with the identified vulnerabilities. Evolve Security ensures you have details that enable you to conduct proactive remediation, reducing the exploitable vulnerabilities in your environment, enhancing your control and security, improving compliance, and reducing risk.

Our proven API penetration testing solutions

Evolve Security’s approach to API penetration testing services focuses on enabling you to reduce risk related to those APIs and their supported applications. Evolve Security identifies vulnerabilities, and enables you to take proactive actions to perform all remediation. This includes focusing on the APIs themselves, authorizations, authentication, asset management, configurations, and logging, as well as all elements of the OWASP API Security Top 10.

Understanding application development is critical to the best results, so all of our application penetration testers are current or former software developers. We understand your challenges and how to approach them.

True API penetration testing is not just a matter of pointing a scanner at your environment and letting it run.

Evolve Security’s application penetration testing includes a set of highly related services designed to maximize your ability to actively manage the security of your applications.

Vulnerability and Penetration Testing

This can include a variety of levels of testing, from automated scans to full penetration testing. Evolve Security’s experienced security professionals use best-of-breed security tools to conduct all testing. This can include manual, skill-based testing by experienced security experts, emulating real-world attacks.

Continuous Dynamic Testing

Your web-enabled applications are most likely dynamic – they evolve as your business requirements grow. Evolve Security’s continuous testing functions in a selected environment to proactively test your applications for new vulnerabilities before they are fielded, enabling you to build and maintain a resilient application set.

Application Security Architecture Review

Your internal application security architecture is comprised of many individual components. These components need to support each other to maximize their positive impact on the stability, reliability, and security of your applications. This review evaluates these components across your infrastructure - applications, people, and processes – to enable you to fix operational vulnerabilities and inefficiencies.

Secure SDLC Development/Training

Developing applications that are full function, stable, and secure is both an art and a science. But, there are techniques that can result in better applications. Developing and following a Secure Software Development Lifecycle (SDLC) can help developers and support staff reduce potential exposures in developed code. Software developed under a Secure SDLC not only tends to include fewer vulnerabilities, but also is typically more resilient to attacks.

Evolve Security’s API penetration testing solutions include the exact set of services that are most appropriate for your business needs. These services always focus on providing you with actionable information you can use to make proactive steps to improve the security of your applications, and better meet your business needs.

Modernize your API penetration testing approach

API tests from most vendors are often “tool-based”, and rely on the tool set being used. There is value in focusing on automated solutions, since it allows vendors to make their offerings efficient – potentially to find more results for less resources. Results are most often followed by an internal reporting process that requires development and review time before the report is formatted for delivery. On the other end of the spectrum, automated reports may be fast, but they can miss context. Additionally, not every scanner is optimized to identify API vulnerabilities.

Evolve Security is dedicated to making the entire penetration test process efficient and effective, not just the test.  During API penetration testing, our security professionals enter findings, such as identified vulnerabilities and potentially exploitable systems, directly into our Darwin Attack® portal. We update the portal in a near-real-time basis, not at the end of the test. We also have a team of security professionals who maintain and enter related cybersecurity data into Darwin Attack® in a regular, ongoing manner. This includes details like detailed remediation recommendations.  Providing you access to the same portal used by our testers and security professionals helps maximize the efficiency and effectiveness of your entire testing, remediation, and management process. The fact that our security professionals update test results in the portal means they spend less time writing report, and more time doing validation and follow-on testing, giving you more accurate results.

Our API penetration testing services update as cybersecurity threats evolve

Penetration tests are key components of your enterprise security program.  Commodity services have a place in the market, but are not going to offer you the type of service, details, and effectiveness that you need to identify security problems in your environment, then maximizes your opportunity to fix them in a proactive manner, before a hostile attacker or cybercriminal has the chance to take advantage of them.

Evolve Security combines three important elements to offer the best penetration test services:

Best of breed toolsets

That are regularly evaluated, replaced, and updated to maintain not only the best tools, but most appropriate tools for your specific services


Experienced security experts

With broad ranges of technical experience to help ensure we can provide the most effective service


The Darwin Attack® portal

Which enables efficient, timely communications and collaborations, and supports your management and reporting needs

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