Application Security Terminology

Glossary

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Dynamic Analysis

Dynamic analysis, also known as dynamic program analysis, is the evaluation of a program or technology using real-time data. This method of analysis can be done on a virtual processor or on a real processor. Instead of taking code offline, vulnerabilities and program behavior can be monitored while the program is running, providing visibility into its real-world behavior.

While static analysis is performed in a non-runtime environment, dynamic analysis adopts the opposite approach and is executed while a program is in operation. Dynamic analysis performs continuous and concurrent risk assessments, searching for vulnerabilities within web applications and speeding interventions.