CHICAGO (June 22, 2010) -Trustwave, a leading provider of information security and compliance solutions, announces it has acquired Breach Security, a leading provider of web application firewall technology. The terms of the deal are confidential.
A web application firewall (also known as an application-layer firewall or WAF) is an appliance or software that provides protection for web applications (such as an e-commerce site) against attacks. In addition to continuing to offer and support one of the industry's leading enterprise-grade WAF technologies as a point solution, Trustwave will also integrate the WAF into its existing application security suite delivered through its SpiderLabs advanced security team to provide complete web application life cycle protection. Trustwave's SpiderLabs is a leading provider of application security programs, including penetration testing, secure code review, security-focused software development training and incident response.
When combined, WAF and application penetration testing more effectively protect applications from cybercriminals than each of the solutions deployed in a stand-alone manner. As noted in Trustwave's SpiderLabs 2010 Global Security Report, SQL injection - a code injection technique that exploits a security vulnerability occurring in the database layer of an application - is one of the top attack methods employed by hackers to gain unauthorized access to information. While application penetration testing and WAF technologies are both designed to thwart such attacks, implementing the two solutions together presents an entirely new challenge for cybercriminals.
"Hackers increasingly target insecure web applications as their point of entry into an organization's network," said Sanjay Mehta, CEO of Breach Security. "Adding WAF to Trustwave's application security suite provides customers with an unrivaled defense-in-depth solution to secure applications throughout the software development lifecycle."
Breach Security's WebDefend application firewall appliance, deployed by enterprises and small and mid-sized businesses, features inbound and outbound inspection of web traffic for sensitive data, such as credit card and Social Security numbers. This advanced web application firewall offers customized, behavior-based security, tuned for each protected application. WebDefend uses a patented profiling system and multiple, collaborative detection engines to ensure the flow of mission-critical traffic while supplying complete protection for applications to keep an organization's confidential information safe from targeted attacks and leaks. In addition, Breach Security has been the primary custodian of ModSecurity, the most widely deployed web application firewall in the world with more than 10,000 deployments. Trustwave's legacy of providing threat intelligence to the security community through SpiderLabs will be enhanced with our commitment to support ModSecurity and its diverse and widespread user base.
Application penetration testing and web application firewalls also provide compliance with requirement 6.6 of the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS).
"Trustwave's acquisition of Breach Security further strengthens their commitment to providing customers with a complete application security program," says Ed DeMeo, director distribution and information services at Uniek Inc., the largest designer and manufacturer of picture frames and home decor accents for retailers in North America. "Adding WAF to SpiderLabs real-time research is a powerful combination to help ensure web applications are always protected and sensitive data is secure."
"This acquisition adds more truly innovative technology to Trustwave's product portfolio, significantly enhancing our ability to help our clients secure their information," said Robert J. McCullen, chairman and CEO of Trustwave. "Combining an industry leading WAF solution with our SpiderLabs services should make our application security capabilities unmatched in the industry."About Trustwave
Trustwave is a leading provider of on-demand and subscription-based information security and payment card industry compliance management solutions to businesses and government entities throughout the world. For organizations faced with today's challenging data security and compliance environment, Trustwave provides a unique approach with comprehensive solutions that include its flagship TrustKeeper® compliance management software and other proprietary security solutions including SIEM , WAF , EV SSL certificates and secure digital certificates . Trustwave has helped hundreds of thousands of organizations-ranging from Fortune 500 businesses and large financial institutions to small and medium-sized retailers-manage compliance and secure their network infrastructures, data communications and critical information assets. Trustwave is headquartered in Chicago with offices throughout North America, South America, Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia. For more information, visit https://www.trustwave.com .