If you are asking this as a tester, you probably asking too late.
Automation is something that can save you some portion of your work (understand resources for your client) and i rarely found cases of testing work that did not need at least some portion of automation.
I know that it is rarely understood that automation is something to be developed & maintained and if you cover enough of the application, you do not need any more regression - well i do not think that somebody has done an automation regression suite that if fully reliable (i am not speaking about maintaining this code - which is another topic). There can be always a bug (or quality issue) that slips through, even when you scripts go through the afflicted part.
I understand that many testers have no development background or skills, but i doubt the developers that could help you are far away. I am not assuming that they can do the scripts for you....
However if they understand what you need, they can say how easy is …
Returning from holiday recently, I was expecting a calm day of catching up and doing some basic tasks. The opposite was true, this day I was introduced to a situation which puzzled us for two weeks.
We have been reported that Android sometimes get the wrong reply to a particular GET requests. Ok, let us investigate, I got this, will be quick...
The bug is up till now non-deterministic to us. We were firstly not able to find the determining factor, it just occasionally occurred, persisted for some minutes (maybe up to half an hour) and then disappeared without a trace. This made the investigation and also any communication much harder. This happened for both iOS and Android apps.
We got ourselves here a Mandelbug:
A bug whose underlying causes are so complex and obscure as to make its behavior appear chaotic or even non-deterministic
We have decided to focus only on the android part. A debugging proxy was attached shortly for catching all tr…
Security breaches, hacks, exploits, major ransomware attacks - their frequency
seem to increase recently. These can result in financial, credibility and data
loss, and increasingly the endangerment of human lives.
I don't want to propose that testing will always prevent these situations.
There were probably testers present (and I'm sure often also security testers) when
such systems were created. I think that there was simply a general lack of
risk-awareness on these projects.
There are many tools and techniques from a pure technical point of view to harden the software in security context. Some of them have automated scans which crawl through your website and might discover the low hanging fruits of security weaknesses (ZAP, Burpsuite...), without much technical knowledge from the person operating it.
The more important aspect is however the mindset with which you approach the product. The tester is often the first person to discov…