Integration of API Testing in Robot Framework
In this case study, we have highlighted how SDET Tech has helped US-based e-commerce company to improve their data security and protect their customers. The company had experienced a security breach in the past that compromised the personal and financial information of its customers, resulting in the loss of trust. To regain the trust of their customers and prevent future breaches, they decided to partner with SDET Tech to implement an effective security testing strategy through API testing with the robot framework.
The e-commerce company is a leading online retailer of a wide range of products including electronics and clothing. They have millions of registered users and thousands of transactions made daily, so it was essential for them to ensure their platform had optimal security for their customers. With the help of SDET Tech and their expertise in API testing, the company was able to improve their data security and restore the trust of their customers.
Integrating APIs in a robot framework posed a significant challenge for the e-commerce company. Firstly, APIs are meant to interact with external systems and for that, testing for multiple system integration is required. However, it is difficult for their team to manage external systems’ behavior to ensure their proper functioning during the testing process. Secondly, APIs have particular data input and output requirements that demand generating and managing test data. In this way, the correct data format for API processing is ensured. Our esteemed client faced a challenge in this process.
Another challenge they faced was the environment setup for testing API integration is complex; especially when it deals with distributed or cloud-based systems including configuring network settings, setting up servers, and managing access controls. Lastly, authentication and security measures added complexity, token management requirement, and safeguarding against potential security breaches.
SDET Tech integrated APIs into a robot framework to provide solutions to the ecommerce company. We tackled difficulties in managing external systems through the use of mock servers or stubs. Test data management tools or frameworks were utilized for generating and managing test data input and output requirements.
Configuration management tools or frameworks were employed to handle complex environment setup. Authentication and security measures were addressed through the use of test automation frameworks supporting authentication mechanisms like OAuth and Basic Authentication. Token management that supports API testing tools were also used for authentication and security. Finally, security testing techniques like penetration testing and vulnerability scanning were also implemented to identify potential security breaches.
For the e-commerce company, the API testing suite was proved as an effective solution. It helped them in the early detection and addressing of the security issues in real-time and eventually preventing potential breaches. The API integration with the robot framework has made it easy for the e-commerce company’s team of developers to incorporate the testing suite into their existing process. The detailed report generated by the testing suite helps the e-commerce company to identify and address the vulnerabilities instantly. As a result, the e-commerce company regained the trust of its customers with an improved security posture.