Erik Straser Joins Cenzic Board of DirectorsCampbell, Calif., August 19, 2002 -
Cenzic Inc., provider of security quality assurance in every stage of application and network infrastructure development, announced today that Silicon Valley Bank has selected Cenzic's software platform to enhance its infrastructure through rigorous security testing of its applications and network. Additionally, Cenzic revealed that the company has raised additional funds from Mohr, Davidow Ventures (MDV) and strategic investor Symantec, bringing the total of its Series A round to $8 million. As a result of this funding, MDV General Partner Erik Straser will join Cenzic's Board of Directors. The combination of a new customer acquisition and additional funding further demonstrates the strength of Cenzic's technology and distinct value it brings to enterprises.
"Enterprise computing environments are undergoing rapid change as a result of critical applications and data sources being opened up to new constituencies — both inside and outside the enterprise," MDV's Straser said. "To address this fundamental change, CIOs are demanding more robust approaches to ensure quality in software development as well as in their operations. Cenzic's technology secures both fronts by testing the software and the environment where it will be deployed, ensuring more reliable enterprise computing."
Cenzic's security quality assurance testing methodology takes an inventory of all networks, systems, applications and services within an enterprise and then applies a process known as fault injection to determine the weaknesses and vulnerabilities within a company's infrastructure. Cenzic has created intelligent rules to perform fault injection by generating code aimed at the network, operating system, services and application layers. These rules are the result of researching more than 1,500 common software bugs and security vulnerabilities, and then using them to generate potential security faults. Cenzic tests both the software and the environment in which it will be deployed.
"As a financial institution SVB has always implemented the most advanced security systems and practices available," said Travis Brueggeman, Silicon Valley Bank Network Security Engineer. "Cenzic's fault-injection capability helps us identify and eliminate potential problems before they occur. By allowing us to hone in on potential vulnerabilities in our applications and systems, Cenzic has created a powerful product suite that allows us to maintain the highest level of security."
Cenzic provides five phases of security quality assurance to provide consistent, repeatable and reusable tests:
- Discover and inventory - Determines and fingerprints networks, systems and services.
- Fault injection - Selects and applies fault injectors based on findings from the discovery process.
- Fault detection - Configurable, remote detection of fault-states with subsequent reporting to the Cenzic security analytics engine.
- Reporting - Generates and collects information from each test for detailed analysis.
- Automation - Provides out-of-the-box security QA through bundled prepackaged ASSIST scripts.
Packaged fault injectors shipping with Cenzic Hailstorm include: buffer overflow, SQL injection, cross-site scripting, and IDS evasion supporting HTTP and other popular protocol-level tests. Comprehensive reporting enables an enterprise to effectively identify risks and to architect and implement their mitigation.
Since launching its product in April, Cenzic was named winner of the Best of Interop Awards competition for NetWorld+Interop 2002 security category. The product operates with Microsoft Windows 2000 and XP, is compatible with Internet Explorer 6 and can test any network, operating system, service, device and application across OSI layers 2-7. It is currently available to enterprises through a platform license. License fees are dependent on the components and size of an enterprise's network infrastructure. About Cenzic, Inc.
Cenzic is the first company to develop a software platform providing security quality assurance for use with applications and the network infrastructure. Headquartered in Campbell, Calif., privately held Cenzic was founded in May 2000 and has raised funding from venture capital firms Mohr, Davidow Ventures (MDV), Hummer Winblad Venture Partners, JK&B Capital and strategic investor Symantec. For more information, call 408-626-9004 or visit the Cenzic Web site, www.cenzic.com
. About Silicon Valley Bank
Silicon Valley Bank serves emerging growth and middle-market companies in targeted niches, focusing on technology and life sciences, while also addressing other specific industries in which it can provide a higher level of service and better manage credit through specialization and focus. The Bank has 11 offices throughout California and operates regional offices across the country, including in Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia and Washington. More information on the Bank can be found at www.svb.com
. About Mohr, Davidow Ventures
Since its formation in 1983, Mohr, Davidow Ventures (MDV) has built a reputation among entrepreneurs as a partner by taking a hands-on approach to investments and working skillfully to architect and build successful companies. MDV possesses an extended team of experts, including the firm's partners and an active network of seasoned entrepreneurs. Together they focus on early stage investments while bringing years of real-world experience to accelerate each company's time to market and optimize its long-term success. Companies funded by MDV include Agile Software, Brocade, Freshwater Software (acquired by Mercury Interactive), Ipsilon Networks, Numerical Technologies and ONI Systems (acquired by Ciena). MDV has offices in Menlo Park, Calif., in Seattle and in Reston, VA. For more information, visit www.mdv.com
. SVB Contact:
Meghan O'Leary, Director of Public Relations, firstname.lastname@example.org
, 408.654.6364 Cenzic Contacts:
Donna Sokolsky/Alice Chan Heckman, Sparkpr, email@example.com
, 415-962-8200, ext.222 or ext. 246
Pamela Mahoney, Mohr, Davidow Ventures, firstname.lastname@example.org
Genevieve Haldeman, Symantec, email@example.com