Today, high-growth businesses are required to be nimble and agile so that they can respond quickly to evolving customer demands. This also requires enterprise applications to be equally nimble and agile. Businesses can gain this upper edge by using applications that are designed specifically for their unique requirements and are open to continuous improvements as and when needed.
But ensuring continuous release cycles of newer versions of code requires continuous testing and QA efforts that run hand-in-glove with the app development cycles. Inadequate or rushed software testing is one of the most common factors affecting application quality and can have a direct impact on business performance.
According to a report from the University of Maryland – there is a new attack somewhere on the web every 39 seconds, amounting to over 2,200 cyber attacks daily!
All applications must be tested thoroughly for security vulnerabilities so that businesses do not face application downtime or data theft.
Traditional software testing methods are known to be time-consuming, tedious, and highly prone to human errors. These lacunae have given rise to automated testing, and while automated testing has accelerated the QA process significantly, the process is still very dependent on manual efforts for designing test cases in line with known security vulnerabilities.
This requires testing teams to be well aware of known as well as evolving security holes in all software components being using their application – be it databases, web or app servers, APIs, and so on. This is by no means an easy job and places tremendous pressure on testers to continuously gather intelligence on vulnerabilities that are being identified by the makers as well as users of all contemporary applications and cloud services.
This is where Artificial Intelligence comes into play by offering faster, more efficient, and more accurate testing methods. AI-powered software testing methods are ideal for gathering intel on vulnerabilities being identified daily, using this data to refine testing methodologies, and then using the new methodologies for performing automated testing.
Role of AI testing in Security testing:
Automating time-consuming and repetitive tasks is absolutely a great way to improve productivity and optimize your team’s performance. Yet, there is a huge scope for analysis, anomaly detection, and automation to ensure better security.
No automation tool can give you 100% assurance and bug-free products. As technology evolves, intrusion detection and bug fixing becomes critical. Artificial Intelligence (AI) has become a go-to solution to stimulate realistic attacks and evaluate the defenses of a system more efficiently and effectively.
AI can analyze large data sets, such as logs and reports, to identify potential vulnerabilities and threats ahead.
Use cases of AI in security testing:
1. Hacker behavior and pattern analysis
Hackers are always ahead of your team and continuously try to invade. In such cases, it is difficult to understand how a real attacker would behave. With AI in place, you can train AI/ML to identify and exploit vulnerabilities in software systems, which can help security testers understand how an attacker would behave in real-time. This will help you and your team to stay ahead and confront vulnerabilities.
2. Discovering new vulnerabilities
Automated security testing has a limitation when it comes to detecting new vulnerabilities. However, AI has the ability to assist in the discovery of previously unknown vulnerabilities. By mimicking human interactions, AI can effectively uncover new vulnerabilities and improve overall efficiency.
3. Continuously updating test case scenarios based on new vulnerabilities
AI-powered security testing involves machine learning and threat intelligence. Whenever new security risks arise, AI algorithms examine the most current data to detect patterns and characteristics of these vulnerabilities. AI then produces, examines, and adjusts test cases to address these particular vulnerabilities, ensuring that the testing procedure keeps up with the constantly evolving threat environment.
This proactive approach allows organizations to stay ahead of potential security risks and enhance their testing effectiveness.
AI-powered security testing benefits:
AI-based security solutions not only crack complex problems but also contribute to solving human resources issues in SecOps environments, application development, and security testing.
Here are some benefits you can achieve with AI-powered security testing.
- AI-powered algorithms can analyze vast amounts of security data and user behavior, learn from patterns, and prioritize real security vulnerabilities accurately, improving accuracy. Based on “normal” system behavior, we can confidently identify dangerous patterns. Supervised or unsupervised ML-powered solutions can detect patterns associated with different threats in huge volumes of data.
- AI can analyze your application’s unique characteristics, business logic, and user behavior. This allows AI-powered tools to provide more targeted and customized security testing that traditional approaches miss.
- AI can seamlessly integrate with Agile and DevOps methodologies, ensuring continuous and rapid testing feedback. AI-powered security testing enables early identification and resolution of vulnerabilities.
- AI tools can leverage deep learning techniques and threat intelligence feeds to enhance automated security testing. With this, you can proactively secure applications by prioritizing areas of higher risk.
AI-powered security testing tools:
With some hands-on experience and considering the market demands, we can say Testim, Functionize, and Mabi are good tools to ensure application security.
Every business and customer is concerned about security. But resolving flaws that occur every 39 seconds is a difficult task to achieve. AI-powered security testing is a great way to enhance security and improve confidence by 50 – 60% amidst ever-evolving security threats. With AI-powered security testing, developers and security teams have a powerful tool that can significantly improve the security of their applications.
However, it’s up to us to harness the power of AI. So, it’s time to collaborate and share perspectives on how AI impacts businesses and application security.