Marie Donlon | June 27, 2022

A scanning tool developed by an international team of researchers based out of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Australia and Pakistan, promises to fortify websites against cyberattacks and hacking.

The device, a so-called blackbox security assessment prototype, reportedly proved more effective than current web scanners, which, according to the researchers, fail at detecting vulnerabilities in web applications.

Amid an uptick in cyberattacks and cybercrimes — which have reportedly increased by roughly 300% in the past two years due to data breaches from a combination of remote working, cloud-based platforms, malware and phishing scams as well as vulnerabilities from the rollout of 5G and internet of things (IoT) devices — current web scanners are failing to assess vulnerabilities, leading the researchers to examine current web scanners against the top 10 vulnerabilities in such web applications.

According to their findings, not one of the 11 commercial web scanners was capable of countering all of the top 10 vulnerabilities in web applications whereas the blackbox security assessment prototype reportedly could, thereby ensuring 100% website security.

The researchers are currently attempting to commercialize their blackbox security assessment prototype.

The article detailing the new tool, SAT: Integrated Multi-agent Blackbox Security Assessment Tool using Machine Learning, was presented at the 2nd International Conference on Artificial Intelligence (ICAI).