Non-Functional Testing (Part II)
In the previous article we started considering non-functional types of software testing, so you can turn to them at any time – just follow this link. If you need one of these to be conducted to a high professional standard, offshore software qa team is at your disposal to satisfy all your needs and expectations.
Let us continue our familiarization with the techniques focused on testing the quality characteristics of a component or an entire system.
Operational testing refers to verifying the operational readiness and validity of the software under test before its release to the production phase. In fact, it is a basically repairable analysis of a system or its component using the Crow Extended model. Operational testing measures the performance of diverse aspects of a newly developed system under various conditions to know whether the system meets certain criteria or its specification. Operational testing plays a crucial and difficult role in the development and testing lifecycle as it provides objective and realistic assessments of how system as a whole improves mission accomplishment under test conditions that simulate peacetime and combat operations.
Security testing is intended to identify flaws in defense mechanisms of an IT system, to determine if the system duly protects private data and resource from potential attackers and maintains its functionality as expected. Penetration testing and vulnerability testing are types of security testing.
Penetration testing is an authorized simulated attack on a computer system in order to assess security of IT infrastructure by customizing already public exploits to gain admin and root-level access to the target systems. Pen test allows you to test and check risk exposures from vulnerabilities in a networking system. This testing is used to access your security before hackers do. It prevents internal cyber attacker from breaching information security of the company and stealing confidential data and protects its trustworthiness and reputation.
Vulnerability testing helps to define, identify and classify security gaps in a computer system and determine control that is best suited for a particular business. It also can forecast the efficiency and effectiveness of suggested countermeasures and determine their effectiveness after they are put into use. Vulnerability assessment measures the strength of defenses and reports potential exposures. It aids in spotting the probability of the related danger which may cause the information system to malfunction and affect its confidentiality, availability and integrity.
There are the most frequently used security testing tools: Retina CS Community, Veracode, OWASP Zed Attack Proxy, SQL Map, Google Nogotofail.