Automated Scanning vs. The OWASP Top Ten

The OWASP Top Ten is a list of the most critical web application security flaws – a list also often used as a minimum standard for web application vulnerability assessment (VA) and compliance.

There is an ongoing industry dialog about the possibility of identifying the OWASP Top Ten in a purely automated fashion (scanning). People frequently ask what can and can’t be found using either white box or black box scanners. This is important because a single missed vulnerability, or more accurately exploited vulnerability, can cause an organization significant financial harm. Proper expectations must be set when it comes to the various vulnerability assessment solutions.

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