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While next-generation DAST tools are far better than their traditional counterparts at scanning web applications and APIs for vulnerabilities, they aren’t perfect. This piece details
the key features to look for in a DAST tool and offers recommendations for choosing the right tool for your environment.
DAST tools were originally designed to crawl and scan web applications using HTML form-based requests. However, web applications today are breaking up into single-page applications (SPAs) and hundreds (or thousands) of microservice endpoints. Traditional
DAST tools were struggling to make the transition, which requires parsing the SPA’s endpoints, discovering parameters and invoking the scanner. In recent years, these tools have been reinvented with new capabilities to overcome these challenges,
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Next-generation DAST tools are designed specifically to uncover vulnerabilities in today’s web application and APIs. However, some are difficult to configure, lack automation capabilities, fail to integrate with other tools, produce false positives
and cannot crawl SPAs. To ensure the tool you use works as expected:
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