Web Application Architecture Review and Threat Assessment

Web Application Architecture Your Clients Can Rely On​

Application developers and owners face increasing pressure to identify and mitigate the vulnerabilities within their application’s architecture and prove it is secure to customers and other stakeholders.

A Web Application Architecture Review and Threat Assessment conducted by Pivot Point Security in accordance to the OWASP Application Security Verification Standard (ASVS) framework identifies all possible vulnerabilities/risks and measures the security of existing controls against best-practice control implementations.

The benefits of assessing your web application’s architecture include:

  • A major reduction in your web application’s attack surface
  • Reduced financial and reputational risk associated with data breaches and other cyber attacks
  • Ability to prove to stakeholders that your application is secure
  • Support for compliance with regulations and information security standards
  • Helps ensure the application meets business needs and achieves performance and usability goals
  • Elimination of hard-to-fix vulnerabilities introduced during design
  • Reduced development costs associated with bug fixes and rework
  • Helps fine-tune your application security requirements


Q: Why is a web application architecture review important?

A: Security weaknesses at the architecture level expose the application and its users to a wide range of cyber threats, including everything from data breaches and data exfiltration to customer account takeovers, fraud and performance problems. While often overlooked, architecture review is among the most critically important aspects of securing web applications.

Q: When should a web application architecture review take place?

A: The most time- and cost-effective way to address application security risk is early in the software development lifecycle (SDLC), and well before the application is in production. It is ideal to identify and eliminate security flaws in the application’s architecture before coding begins.

Q: What does a web application architecture review look at?

A: Among the major areas that are typically evaluated in a web application architecture review are data flows for sensitive information, threat model review, authentication, preventing session hijacking, input validation, auditing/logging, session management, third party library security review, encryption, key management, etc

Q: How does a web application architecture review differ from a penetration test?

A: A web app pen test is an “ethical hacking” exercise that pits a running application’s security controls against the skills of the attackers. An application architecture review carefully examines various aspects of the application’s design—ideally before coding begins—to eliminate cyber risk before it can impact stakeholders.

What’s Next?

If you are looking for a solution to ease customer security concerns and address your applications’ security risk, reach out!  Our clients are often able to find and fix issues early in the SLDC because they have a complete list of risks and threats in the application.

Pivot Point Security has helped many organizations prove their applications are secure and give developers peace of mind that they are building secure applications.

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