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Acunetix is a tool designed to protect web applications from cyberattacks and improve network security. Learn how to use Acunetix for securing web apps and protecting sensitive information against leaks with courses delivered by edX.

What is Acunetix?

The Acunetix Web Vulnerability Scanner, or Acunetix WVS, is a security application that scans websites to identify potential cybersecurity risks. Many website vulnerabilities can go undetected, exploiting threats such as remote code executions (RCE), SQL injections, and cross-site scripting. Acunetix aims to provide a complete solution for web application security, with features such as Acunetix security audit and network scanning. By detecting security flaws that may otherwise go unnoticed, Acunetix helps users mitigate vulnerabilities and harden security posture.

Acunetix can automate regular scans and is highly accurate when reporting genuine security threats with few false positives. The ease of use makes Acunetix a popular solution for protecting web applications from cyberattacks.Footnote 1 Individuals interested in helping organizations keep their information safe can add Acunetix experience to their résumé as a way to stand out in the job market.

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If you work in a technical field or aspire to become a cybersecurity or computer science professional, learning Acunetix can equip you with the necessary skills for effective web application security. Acunetix tutorials can be a great option for learners new to the application, and can cover basic concepts such as:

  • Installing and configuring Acunetix

  • Using Acunetix scanner to launch scans

  • Generating reports

  • Managing and prioritizing vulnerabilities

Once they have a solid grasp of Acunetix fundamentals, learners can then move on to advanced Acunetix courses, which may review how to:

  • Detect malware and phishing URLs

  • Scan for specific vulnerabilities

  • Export scan results to WAFs

  • Configure target options

  • Secure web server settings

  • Configure issue tracker integrations

  • Use Acunetix 360 

edX offers a variety of educational opportunities for learners interested in studying cybersecurity and other technical topics. A boot camp can provide flexible, hands-on learning for those who want to upskill quickly, while executive education courses are designed for busy professional schedules. You can also enroll in a bachelor’s degree program for a more comprehensive overview of computer science or related topics. For more advanced learners, a master’s degree program can be a great way to further hone your expertise as a technical professional. Find the right learning path for you.

Explore jobs that use Acunetix 

Acunetix helps professionals and organizations identify website vulnerabilities, making it a strong tool for anyone interested in a cybersecurity career. Some of the roles that can benefit from using Acunetix include:

  • Cryptographer: Specializes in encrypting data and communications to ensure that only the intended receiver and sender can access the information. This helps protect the network security system and the confidentiality of the company.Footnote 2

  • Cybersecurity specialist: Works to strengthen a company’s cybersecurity and protect sensitive data. They work with a variety of operating systems and closely monitor the status of the performance of applications to detect any potential breaches quickly.Footnote 3

  • Security software developer: Uses their programming and analytical skills to develop new security solutions, such as building malware detection systems or writing custom code to secure an organization’s particular infrastructure. They may also work on developing the security-related aspects of other software applications.Footnote 4

  • Information security engineer: Works to enhance the security of networks, devices, and IT infrastructures. They configure and maintain security measures and work alongside other IT professionals to protect the organization from cyberattacks.Footnote 5

Each of these roles will have different educational and skill requirements. You may be able to build relevant skills in a cybersecurity boot camp. However, some employers may seek candidates with a higher level degree, depending on the role. Before deciding on a specific learning path, research the positions you hope to pursue and align your coursework with your career goals.

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