Security Tester Deals for Security Provider

Tuesday, March 18, 2014 @ 05:03 PM gHale

Security testing provider Trustwave reached a deal to acquire security provider Cenzic.

The combination will create an integrated security testing platform designed to help businesses identify and address security weaknesses, officials said.

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Powered by its patented Hailstorm technology, Cenzic enables organizations to continuously assess cloud, mobile and web applications for vulnerabilities. As a result of the acquisition, Trustwave will deliver static and dynamic security testing as integrated, subscription-based services that will help secure those applications throughout their lifecycle.

Integration of Cenzic solutions with web application firewalls and security information and event management systems, including those from Trustwave, offers additional layers of protection.

“This acquisition brings together two security leaders who understand the power automation brings to managing the aggressive and evasive threats we’re seeing today,” said Robert McCullen, chairman and chief executive at Trustwave. “Cenzic’s highly automated and scalable security testing platform supercharges our ability to deliver integrated testing across a high volume of applications. ”

Testing today’s cloud, mobile and web applications requires a combination of static and dynamic application security testing techniques.

Static application security testing (SAST) examines non-running applications by looking at source code or binaries — often before business-critical applications launch. Dynamic application security testing (DAST) focuses on continuously probing running applications to look for vulnerabilities on an ongoing basis.

Businesses and governments increasingly rely on cloud, mobile and web applications to interact with customers, partners and suppliers, and those applications are constantly at risk from hackers who exploit security vulnerabilities. Cenzic research found 96 percent of all applications tested in 2013 had one or more serious security vulnerabilities with a median of 14 per application.

Cenzic automates security testing across all applications types — cloud, mobile and web. Cenzic solutions scale from a single application to enterprise-level deployments, and its intelligent technology uses behavioral, stateful and learning algorithms to help ensure the highest accuracy for automated assessment of even the most complex applications.

Founded in 2000 and headquartered in Silicon Valley, Cenzic tests more than half a million online applications.

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