HP has released an update to its WebInspect application testing tool, adding enhanced patch management tools.
The company said that the WebInspect 10 update will allow firms to better test their web services and applications for possible security flaws.
Among the new features in the update will be new logging and tracking features which will allow developers to better track issues and patch security vulnerabilities. The application will also be integrated with the TippingPoint security platform and internet firewall tools.
The company hopes that the WebInspect update will not only allow companies to improve their own applications but also improve security across platforms by allowing developers to spot flaws in commonly-used platforms and components.
"To effectively build safe and secure web applications, organisations need to be thinking about and testing for critical threats from the onset of development,” said HP Fortify vice president and general manager for enterprise security products Mike Armistead.
"HP WebInspect 10.0 empowers clients to become proactive in their security efforts, rather than reacting to attacks after they happen, by simulating attacks to identify vulnerabilities early on and preventing breaches long before they occur."
The release comes as firms are increasingly facing attacks on web-based applications and cloud services.
With both targeted attacks and automated exploit kits increasingly looking to exploit vulnerabilities in popular platforms such as Java, penetration testing tools have arisen as a possible means for isolated and patching vulnerabilities prior to deployment.
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