Acunetix will help 5,000 enterprises protect customer details, credit card numbers and proprietary corporate data

Seattle, Washington – January 31, 2006 – In an effort to stem the fast-growing tide of web application security breaches, Acunetix today announced that it is offering free website security audits to 5,000 enterprise organizations.

The company believes that these audits will prevent hundreds of security breaches that would otherwise have led to valuable customer details, credit card numbers and proprietary corporate data being exposed.

The free security audits will be performed by Acunetix staff using Acunetix Web Vulnerability Scanner, a comprehensive tool that automatically audits websites for SQL injection, cross site scripting, Google hacking and other vulnerabilities.

“Many enterprise organizations are simply not aware of how vulnerable their sites are to hackers,” said Nick Galea, CEO of Acunetix. “By offering free security audits, we hope to help educate the market on how they can protect themselves from the latest hacking techniques. Our expectation is that this new service will play a valued role in helping to secure valuable enterprise and consumer data that could otherwise be easily accessible to hackers.”

Increasingly, hackers are concentrating their efforts on web-based applications – shopping carts, forms, login pages, and dynamic content. A Gartner Group study determined that 75% of cyber attacks are done at the web application level. Web applications are accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and are a passageway to valuable data: customer and employee databases, transaction information and proprietary corporate data. Many enterprises have addressed network security issues and have implemented firewall technology but have not yet protected their “crown jewels” – data that can be compromised via web application hacks.

How Acunetix Web Vulnerability Scanner Works

Acunetix Web Vulnerability Scanner simulates numerous hacking techniques such as SQL injection, cross site scripting and more to identify vulnerabilities. As the scan is being completed, the software produces detailed reports that pinpoint where vulnerabilities exist.

By automating scans, Acunetix allows enterprises to conduct a thorough and complete vulnerability scan quickly and cost effectively.

Simple Process to Request Free Vulnerability Audits

Enterprises that are interested in having their web sites and web applications scanned can register for a free audit by visiting This special offer is available for a limited time and is subject to cancellation at any time.

Participating enterprises will receive a summary audit report, listing any vulnerabilities that are found that should be fixed in order to make their web applications “hacker safe” and thereby secure valuable enterprise data and applications. Summary reports will be delivered within five business days of submission.


Acunetix developers and tech agents regularly contribute to the blog. All the Acunetix developers come with years of experience in the web security sphere.