About Acunetix – Combating the Web Security Threat

What is Acunetix?

Website hacking is on the rise with as many as 75% of cyber attacks done at web application level or via the web. Web applications which often have a direct line into the company’s most valuable data assets are online 24/7, completely unprotected by a firewall and therefore easy prey for attackers. Acunetix is an automatic web vulnerability scanner developed to help companies scan their web applications to identify and resolve exploitable vulnerabilities. It is a heuristic tool designed to replicate a hacker’s methodology to find dangerous vulnerabilities like SQL Injection and Cross-site Scripting before hackers do.

Our History

In July 2005, Acunetix was founded by business entrepreneur Nick Galea, at a time when the notion of website security was still in its infancy. Securing web applications was an overlooked aspect within the enterprise. Most corporations secured their data at the network level, but overlooked the crucial step of checking whether their web applications were vulnerable to attack. Nick Galea understood that the only way to combat website hacking was to develop an automated tool that could help companies scan their web applications to identify and resolve exploitable vulnerabilities. Over a decade later and Acunetix has grown to a 50 man company with offices in Malta, USA and UK. It has since become the tool of choice for many customers in the Government, Military, Educational, Telecommunications, Banking, Finance, and E-Commerce sectors, including many Fortune 500 companies. Acunetix has also received worldwide recognition for their website security research, winning several awards and nominations.

The Technology

Acunetix is available both as an Online and On Premise solution running on Windows and Linux (coming soon). It detects and reports a wide array of vulnerabilities in applications built on architectures such as WordPress, PHP, ASP.NET, Java Frameworks, Ruby on Rails and many others. Acunetix brings an extensive feature-set of both automated and manual penetration testing tools, enabling security analysts to perform a complete vulnerability assessment, and repair detected threats, with just the one product. Results can be used to generate reports aimed towards developers and management alike. Acunetix also includes integrated vulnerability management features to extend the enterprise’s ability to comprehensively manage, prioritise and control vulnerability threats – ordered by business criticality, also integrating with popular Issue Trackers and WAFs.

Our Leadership

Chris Martin, Advisor

An industry expert, Chris has worked in IT, telecoms and technology for over twenty years, holding business development, consulting, project steering and implementation roles in telecommunications, health-care, manufacturing, service and banking sectors.

Following 5 years working in channel sales at GFI Software, in 2007 Chris was named Sales Director of 3CX Ltd., a sister company of Acunetix and a leading global provider of VoIP PABX for Windows, iOS and Android. In December 2012, Chris was asked to take on a similar role at Acunetix and was appointed General Manager in October 2013 prior to being nominated CEO in September 2016.

Nicholas Sciberras, CTO

Prior to joining Acunetix in 2012, Nicholas spent 12 years at GFI Software, with the last position being Product Manager for the email security and anti-spam product line. While at GFI Software, he also led multiple customer service teams, provided technical training to business partners across Europe and the Middle East and produced highly technical documentation for all the GFI Software products.

Nicholas holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Information Technology from Greenwich University, and a Post-Grad Diploma in Business Management from the University of Leicester.

The Team

The Acunetix development team consists of highly experienced security developers, all with extensive development experience in network security and web scanning software. The expanding Sales and Support teams include people from all over the globe, all sharing a passion for IT and Security.

Check our vacancies page if you’d like to work for Acunetix.

Our Investors

Acunetix is backed by Turn/River Capital, the investors behind a number of worldwide new breed technology and SaaS companies. Acunetix is a privately held company with its offices in Malta, UK and USA. It is a Microsoft Certified Partner.


  • Acunetix is a Microsoft Certified Partner
  • Acunetix is a Member of OWASP
  • Amazon Web Services Technology Partner
  • Crown Commercial Service Provider