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Banking security award for Veracode

Veracode : 02 June, 2008  (New Product)
Banking industry award recognises Veracode SecurityReview as Information Security Project of the Year for its comprehensive testing capabilities
Veracode has won the award for Information Security Project of the Year in The Banker Technology Awards for its work on the Application Security Assurance Project with Barclays. As threats within the corporate information security landscape intensify, this award is geared to recognising excellence in IT security projects within the financial sector. Veracode Security Review, a subscription-based application security testing solution, underpins Barclay's
implementation of secure procurement practices and enables them to manage both their own and their customers' risk profile. Security Review is the only on-demand service available to test internally developed applications, commercial off-the-shelf software and applications developed offshore for potential software vulnerabilities.

Now in its sixth year, The Banker Technology Awards programme identifies and celebrates innovation and excellence in all areas of banking technology and serve as a vital benchmark for IT services and projects in the financial sector as a whole. Judged by a panel of respected industry experts including practitioners and analysts, they represent the most prestigious awards within the sector and achieving an overall award is no mean feat. The award will be formally presented at a gala luncheon being held in Mayfair, London on Friday 6 June.

The Barclays Application Security Assurance project demonstrates innovation on several key levels. The aim of the project was to establish a successful best practice approach for testing all applications including those dependent on third party software and external code. By using Veracode's SecurityReview, the first software-as-a-service based application security testing solution, Barclays has been able to set up an automated and reliable method for testing third party code that is not only independent but can also handle the massive volumes of code it deploys. Veracode is the only testing service on the market able to test binary code, the language in which applications are written, as opposed to source code. This unique capability means that an external supplier involved in the project does not need to hand over precious intellectual property - so his exposure to this testing service is also positive and beneficial. The initial project scope involved Veracode providing fully automated tests and security audits for 20 third-party vendors - but this is now being rapidly expanded.

Rhonda MacLean, Global Information Security Officer, Global Retail and Commercial Banking, Barclays Bank, comments: 'We are delighted to see this breakthrough project win this award.

Veracode's Security Review service was a quick win for Barclays, for our customers, and also for our third-party vendors. Their solution has helped Barclays and its software suppliers deal with the difficult task of scanning code in large volumes in a very efficient manner. Rather than trying to change processes within both the bank and our vendors, Veracode's software-as-a-service model gave us rapid execution and results with minimal resources. Together we have delivered measurable value to our business and our customers, addressing the challenges of a growing and rapidly changing threat environment.'

Reflecting further on the award, Matt Moynahan, Veracode CEO, added: 'This award from The Banker highlights the importance of effective application security testing for financial institutions. Veracode helps banks achieve a completely clear and independent view of weak spots in their applications and enables them for the first time to identify and remedy risk whether those applications are built in house, purchased as commercial off-the-shelf software or developed off-shore. Winning this prestigious award for our work with Barclays not only validates our innovative subscription-based approach but also underscores the contribution we are making to our customers in helping control their risk profile.'

Application vulnerabilities and security breaches are very steadily on the rise. According to Gartner, 75% of new attacks target the application layer, and software vulnerabilities have reached an all-time high - with 7,000 new vulnerabilities discovered over the last year. In addition, of the world's largest 2000 organisations, 75% are engaged in offshore outsourcing.
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