Watchfire Corporation

Watchfire Corporation

October 11, 2005 09:30 ET

Watchfire Announces Support for Mercury BTO Enterprise

WALTHAM, MASSACHUSETTS and LAS VEGAS, NEVADA --(CCNMatthews - Oct. 11, 2005) -

Watchfire Joins Mercury Technology Alliance Program and Receives Validation for Integration of AppScan® and WebXM™ with Mercury Quality Center™

Today at Mercury World 2005, Watchfire, a provider of Online Risk Management software and services to monitor and report on web application security, privacy, quality, accessibility and compliance risks, announced it has joined the Mercury Technology Alliance Program. In addition, Watchfire's market-leading web application security testing solution, AppScan®, and its enterprise platform, WebXM™, have been validated by Mercury for integration with Mercury TestDirector™, part of Mercury BTO Enterprise™. Mercury BTO Enterprise is the industry's first integrated suite of business technology optimization (BTO) offerings designed to help customers optimize the business outcomes of IT.

Mercury, the global leader in business technology optimization (BTO) software, provides an alliance program to enable technology and software vendors to develop integrations with Mercury BTO Enterprise products for IT governance, application delivery and application management.

AppScan is an automated web application security-testing tool that helps QA personnel analyze applications for security defects and to resolve those defects before finding their way onto live websites. The integration of AppScan with Mercury TestDirector and Mercury Quality Center™ will allow users to run critical web application security tests directly from the Mercury TestDirector environment.

"The AppScan and Mercury Quality Center integration demonstrates Watchfire's commitment to its customers and partners," said Naveen Rolands, Ostfold Software. "We partnered with Watchfire in part because we saw a natural fit with our large Mercury Quality Center installed base and Watchfire's leading security solutions. This integration is great news for our customers as it enables all aspects of web application testing-functional, load and security-to be managed and run directly from the Mercury Quality Center environment, ultimately providing reduced risk and development costs by finding and fixing security defects during QA rather than during or after deployment."

The integration will enable customers to automate test creation and modify maintenance processes required to test and remediate critical application security defects, produce detailed security defect advisories and manage all tests (e.g., functional, load, and security) from a single console while storing the results in Mercury Quality Center server. This integration will provide administration, centralized control and faster deployment critical to easing the manual burden, thereby reducing the cost of fixing security-related defects and helping QA teams to integrate security as a key component of their normal testing process.

Watchfire has also integrated the current version of its enterprise platform, WebXM, with Mercury TestDirector. WebXM automates the scanning, analysis and reporting of online security, privacy, quality, accessibility and compliance issues across enterprise web properties. This integration will allow users to incorporate enterprise content testing into their application testing processes to analyze all pre-and post-deployment content for critical compliance issues.

"Managing both content and application testing are cumbersome yet critical tasks. The integration between WebXM and Mercury TestDirector complements and integrates into the existing processes we have in place to achieve quality and compliance with our internal standards," said Kevin Haggard, Director of Quality Assurance, Weight Watchers. "This combined solution supports our priority to provide a high quality website for all of our users."

Watchfire will conduct two product demonstrations highlighting the integrations of WebXM and AppScan with Mercury TestDirector at Mercury World in Las Vegas this week at Booth #410. The AppScan demonstration will highlight how users can easily create security tests for their web application test plans and execute them as part of their normal QA process. The WebXM demonstration will show how users can select and submit issues from WebXM reports directly into Mercury TestDirector where they can be assigned for tracking and resolution, thus managing and improving the quality of both enterprise web content and applications.

"Our extended alliance with Mercury is important to Watchfire's continued leadership and our commitment to delivering comprehensive web application security, privacy, quality, accessibility and compliance testing for all users involved in application development," said Michael Weider, CTO, Watchfire. "Online risk management concerns - security, privacy, compliance, quality and accessibility - continue to be top-of-mind for executives and more and more enterprises recognize the importance of detecting and removing software vulnerabilities during development."


The Watchfire AppScan for Mercury TestDirector is available immediately. For more information, please visit:

For more information on the WebXM and Mercury Test Director integration, please visit:

About Watchfire

Watchfire provides software and services to manage online risk. More than 250 enterprise organizations and government agencies, including AXA Financial, SunTrust, Boots PLC, Veterans Affairs and Dell rely on Watchfire to monitor, manage, improve and secure all aspects of the online business including security, privacy, quality, accessibility, corporate standards and regulatory compliance. Watchfire's alliance and technology partners include IBM Global Services, PricewaterhouseCoopers, TRUSTe, Microsoft, Interwoven, EMC Documentum and Mercury. Watchfire is headquartered in Waltham, MA. For more information, please visit

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