certification application security testing expert aste

NOTE: ASTE Certificate Exam will be available Globally in Oct-Nov 2017 with PearsonVUE proctored Test Centres

Application Security  Testing Expert (ASTE) 

Application Security Testing Expert (ASTE) Certificate program evaluates individual's implementation level skills required for Application Security Testing and Risk Assessment. This program ensures candidate's awareness on Application Security Challenges, Tools, Techniques and methodologies along with hands-on practical level knowledge and skill-sets.

ASTE is  based  on Application  Security  Industry  Standards  and  Best Practicesand ensures Knowledge  and Understanding of Secure (Web & Mobile) Application Assessment requirements. It walks through few of most vicious Application Security Risk and provide required practical strategies and methodologies to analyse, test and mitigate them.


  • Security Team/Office 
    • Security Engineers and Testers 
    • Application/Software Security Analyst 
    • Application/Software Penetration Testers 
    • Consultants, Auditors 
  • Research & Development Team 
    •  Architects, Developers 
    •  Software Testing Team (QA) 
    •  Software Consultants, Research Engineers 
  • Students
    • Looking to pursue career in Application Security Assessment/Testing 
  • Anyone
    • Who wants to explore Application Security Testing Tools, Techniques and Practice

Length of Exam       180 min
Number of Questions     90
Question Format       Multiple Choice
Exam Language        English
Exam Mode       Proctored
Passing Grade                 60% [600 out of 1000 points]
Testing Center      PearsonVUE Authorized Testing Center
Exam Cost        $250
Renew         After every 4 Years


  • ASTE exams are delivered globally through Pearson Vue proctored test centers
  • ASTE Exam attempt must be scheduled at-least 24 hrs in advance. It will be activated in your Hack2Secure's account according to terms of your purchase.
  • Details on delivery along with Registration confirmation will be sent over Email on confirmation of payment.
  • This exam is delivered online through a standard Web Browser.

Exam Objectives

*Refer Candidate Reference Guide for Detailed Exam Objectives

Module#1: Introduction to Application Security Testing

The candidate needs to demonstrate an understanding knowledge on Common Application Security Risk and relevant Security Best practices.

Module#2: Securing Web Services

The candidate needs to demonstrate an understanding knowledge on different Security attacks against Web Services and connecting  APIs along with Defensive practices.

Module#3: SQL Injection (SQLi)

The candidate needs to demonstrate an understanding of SQL Injection   Attack, different types, testing methods & best practices to prevent it.

Module#4: Cross Site Scripting (XSS)

The Candidate needs to demonstrate an understanding of Cross Site Scripting (XSS) attacks, different types, testing methods and best practices to prevent it.

Module#5: Session Management Flaws

The candidate needs to demonstrate an understanding on needs of   Secure Session in Applications, common attacks, testing methods and 
mitigation controls.

Module#6: Cross Site Request Forgery (XSRF)

The candidate needs to demonstrate an understanding of the XSRF attack  vectors, testing methods and mitigation controls.

Module#7: Ensuring Secure Communications

The candidate needs to demonstrate an understanding of the Public Key Infrastructure, IPSec and their usage in ensuring secure Channel.

Module#8: Access Control Attacks

The candidate needs to demonstrate understanding of different attack scenarios on Access control along with best practices to avoid these vulnerabilities.

Module#9: Threat Modeling Considerations

The candidate needs to demonstrate understanding of STRIDE based Threat Modeling process for (Web/Mobile) Applications.

Hack2Secure exams are delivered in a proctored environment via PearsonVUE. The time limit for ASTE Exam is 180 minutes. The steps to obtain this certification is described as below:

1. Obtain Required Skills

Once you have decided to get ASTE Certification, you can start the preparation for the same. No specific training is required for this Certification. One can opt for any available source of information for required certification syllabus/topics.

Hack2Secure's AAST Workshop is another option to get trained by Industry Experts.

2. Register and Schedule the Exam

Once you have acquired the required skill sets for ASTE exam, then you can book or schedule the exam. Hack2Secure Exams needs to be scheduled at-least 24 hrs in advance of the day you wish to test.

  • Create an account at Pearson Vue by providing required information
  • Schedule an Exam at your preferred Testing Location
  • Submit Examination Fee

Confirmation on paid Examination Fee and Exam appointment will be sent over Email

3. Write & Pass the Exam

Once the exam is been scheduled, Candidate needs to visit the testing location half an hour before the scheduled exam time with two forms of Government approved ID proofs. Follow the procedure and appear for the exam.

Pass the ASTE exam with a scaled score of 60% or greater. Your result (pass/fail) will be shown on your screen immediately after you've completed your exam. And the detailed score report can be collect from the test administrator. Make sure that you keep records of your score report with your exam registration number

In case you have not Passed the exam with required points, review your exam report properly in order to find out which areas need improvement. Refer Hack2Secure Exam Retake Policy to re-appear for exam

4. Get Certified

Once you have completed the exam successfully, you will get to see the Exam Report immediately on the screen and you get a copy of the same. However your certificate copy will be provided to you within 7-10 day after your examination date on your registered Email.

5. Maintain your Certification

Once you have received the Certificate, It will be valid for the next 4 years from the date of issue. After 4 years you will need to renew the Certificate again in order to keep it valid.

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