SOURCE: Cenzic, Inc.

January 08, 2007 09:00 ET

Online Game Leader Standardizes on Cenzic's ClickToSecure® for Securing Web-Based Applications

Flexible On-Demand Testing Solution Helps K2 Network Protect Sensitive Financial Data From Attack and Ensure Ongoing Security Across Full Suite of Online Games

SANTA CLARA, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- January 8, 2007 -- Cenzic, Inc. today announced that K2 Network, a leader in the online game market, has standardized on Cenzic's ClickToSecure® managed service offering to assess the vulnerability of its web-based gaming applications and to ensure optimal security throughout the software development lifecycle (SDLC). K2 Network's decision to work with Cenzic further builds on Cenzic's momentum as a leader in delivering flexible, on-demand testing solutions for critical web-based applications.

K2 Network is a leading player in the MMORPG (Massive Multiplayer Online Role Playing Games) market and is the company behind two of the most popular MMORPGs, "Knight Online World" and "Global Mu Online," with more than 3 and 2 million registered users, respectively. K2 Network supports a global online gaming community with all of the necessary elements to support millions of players, including billing, customer support, game management, and transaction systems for purchasing new items used by players during the course of the game. MMORPGs effectively serve as e-commerce systems serving hardcore gamers who can spend thousands of dollars a year on game-related micro-transactions to acquire weapons and other tools for improving their playing experience.

The complexity, size and transaction volumes associated with MMORPGs make security a critical component for ensuring a positive experience for gamers. K2 Network therefore sought a solution to help automate and manage the testing of its applications without incurring the unmanageable costs tied to additional resources. After an extensive evaluation of available options, which included manual penetration testing and scanning-based solutions, K2 Network selected Cenzic's ClickToSecure, which leverages Cenzic's flagship Hailstorm family of products and couples industry-leading technology with security expertise. K2 put Cenzic to the test by asking them to assess an application that had already been tested manually. Within a few hours, Cenzic found all of the vulnerabilities that had previously taken weeks to discover manually. More importantly, it did so on-demand, requiring no new investments in technology or information security staffing to complete. The information was delivered to K2 in a professional report with all the details of vulnerability information and remediation tips making it easy for them to fix the problems quickly and efficiently.

The company has now standardized on ClickToSecure and is using it to test all of its key transaction-based applications. Moving forward the company also plans to make ClickToSecure a core part of the company's development process prior to rolling out games into production.

"Cenzic plays an important role in helping us to securely distribute content globally," said David Lee, vice president of infrastructure and engineering for K2 Network. "While traditional measures of security are about protecting the network, Cenzic provides a proactive approach that minimizes risk and in effect serves as an extended team of security experts that finds vulnerabilities at the application layer before they become a problem. Our global gaming economies are extremely complex, with millions of dollars flowing through them. We need to have the same class of security as a financial institution and it needs to be available on-demand. Cenzic gives us this capability and has become a core part of our information security infrastructure."

Cenzic's ClickToSecure SaaS is designed to help security teams validate the security of their web environment, offering K2 Network and similar organizations the ability to flexibly test applications at their convenience. In presenting its state-of-the-art software solution as an outsourced, managed service, Cenzic overcomes the challenges created by the open and inherently insecure nature of the web as a business platform by bringing together their leading automated assessment technology and application security expertise to provide highly accurate and cost-effective analysis for web applications. ClickToSecure enables customers to minimize the risk of running critical business applications via the web by addressing emerging application threats and minimizing the business impact of application security initiatives.

About Cenzic

Cenzic, Inc., is a leading provider of the next-generation enterprise software and a leading Managed Service (SaaS) 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 solutions are the most accurate, comprehensive, and extensible in the industry. With its flagship Hailstorm product line that includes Hailstorm® Starter, Hailstorm Core, Hailstorm Professional, Hailstorm Enterprise ARC (Application Risk Controller)™ and the ClicktoSecure® managed service, Cenzic is the only company in the industry to offer a complete application security assessment suite for enterprises of all sizes. Cenzic's current focus includes financial services, e-retail, healthcare, and government sectors. For more information, visit

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