SOURCE: Cenzic

April 12, 2006 14:00 ET

Cenzic Announces Web Seminar Addressing Application Security and Vulnerability Management Best Practices

Security Veteran and Industry Analyst Offer Expert Advice and Pragmatic Solutions to Growing Internet Security Threats

SANTA CLARA, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- April 12, 2006 -- Cenzic, Inc. today announced that it will host "Web Application Attacks: Covert, Growing and Real," an interactive webcast featuring Gartner Research which will explore the importance of application security, trends and various alternatives for protecting web-enabled applications. Featured speaker Neil MacDonald, Vice President and distinguished analyst at Gartner, will join Cenzic's President and CEO John Weinschenk to share insights into the overall trends that are shaping this sector of the security industry. The live webcast will take place on Tuesday, April 18th at 10 A.M. PST/1 P.M. EST. Parties interested in attending can sign up at

Neil MacDonald is a vice president and distinguished analyst within Gartner, Inc., serving as a member of the firm's information security and privacy research team with a focus on operating system and application-level security strategies. He has worked on the firm's networking research team, where he focused on network computing infrastructure including identity and access management, directory services and networked operating system security. A seasoned industry veteran, he has twenty years of IT experience, having held IT operations and engineering positions at Florida Power and Light, MD Buyline and Texas Power and Light prior to his tenure with Gartner.

"Vulnerability management is the process of improving an organization's security posture through the continuous and proactive identification of weaknesses or lapses in security," said MacDonald. "Web applications are prone to vulnerabilities and exposures because they are modified often and seldom undergo thorough development and testing best practices. Organizations should regularly test Web applications for vulnerabilities and push for early testing."

While in the past network security has been a top priority, security executives and their IT teams now acknowledge the critical need to address the security of web-based applications. This session will help educate attendees on the importance of application security testing and remediation in the context of today's threat landscape while covering specific attacks that are highly common yet often neglected by most enterprises. Additionally, these experts will combine their in-depth understanding of the latest technologies, market dynamics, and business models to provide an overall market assessment of where the application security industry currently stands and how it is projected to evolve in the future.

"Proactively testing web applications using automated penetration testing techniques is a highly successful yet undervalued route to securing one's online presence," said Weinschenk. "Providing a means of education is critical in helping enterprises to develop security strategies that address the real threats at hand. I'm pleased to have this opportunity to team up with one of the industry's brightest minds to offer enterprises helpful tips in taking control of their application security initiatives."

Cenzic was the first company in the industry to have both a state-of-the-art software solution, Cenzic® Hailstorm®, and a managed service, ClickToSecure™, allowing enterprises the flexibility to use either solution or both based on their needs. These offerings help companies protect their web-based applications from potential security threats by leveraging a Stateful Assessment™ approach, which emulates the way real hackers work in order to test applications for security vulnerabilities and compliance issues.

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About Cenzic

Cenzic is a leading provider of the next-generation enterprise software and a leading Managed Service offering for automated application security assessment and compliance that allows Fortune 1000 corporations, mid-sized corporations, and government organizations to dramatically improve the security of web applications. Cenzic® Hailstorm®, the most accurate and extensible product in the industry, enables security experts, QA professionals, and developers to work together to assess, analyze, and remediate applications for security vulnerabilities, Hailstorm benefits include reduced security risk and liability, lower development and testing costs, and faster time-to-market. Cenzic ClickToSecure™ service is one of the industry's first Software as a Service (SaaS) to combine the power of an enterprise-class application security assessment product with the flexibility of a managed security service. Cenzic Assessment Methodology completes the solution with a state-of-the-art business process consulting service to help customers improve their application security methodologies. Cenzic solutions are the most accurate, comprehensive, and extensible in the industry. Cenzic's current focus includes financial services, e-retail, healthcare, and government sectors. For more information, visit

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