Synack: The On-Demand Security Testing Platform


Co-Founder & CEO

"We're growing quickly and hiring the very best talent to ensure exceptional customer satisfaction and to maintain our position as the No. 1 security testing platform in the world."

Digital change is accelerating at a dizzying pace, placing security personnel under tremendous strain. With the help of its network of ethical security researchers and smart technology, Synack, one of the world's leading pentesting providers, identifies and fixes exploitable flaws quicker than traditional pentesting. Synack is an on-demand security testing platform that allows continuous penetration testing of online and mobile apps, networks, APIs, and cloud assets. Synack's on-demand security testing platform combines a skilled, verified community of security researchers with cutting-edge technology to provide continuous penetration testing and vulnerability management with actionable findings. They're dedicated to making the world a safer place by bridging the cybersecurity skills gap by providing enterprises with on-demand access to the world's most reputable security experts. Synack, based in Silicon Valley, safeguards worldwide banks, government agencies, DoD classified assets, and more than $6 trillion in revenue for Fortune 500 and Global 2000 companies.

Synack’s platform and crowdsourced testing approach fulfill the vulnerability management needs in addition to providing further features and convenience. The company’s elite crowd of security researchers conducts targeted testing, while the intelligent vulnerability assessment, SmartScan, provides attack surface coverage. Moreover, the company’s researchers conduct rigorous penetration testing over a two-week period while SmartScan runs 365 days a year 24/7 to discover potential vulnerabilities. The web application layer is where the bulk of successful corporate breaches (90%) and incidents (50%) occur. Enterprise application security testing must be integrated into the software development lifecycle to guard against these threats over time. Synack's on-demand SaaS platform for crowdsourcing security expertise enables the activation of a team of top researchers to continuously or on-demand test online and mobile apps for destructive vulnerabilities and flaws. The team examines for potentially critical vulnerabilities in apps such as remote code execution, SQL injection, cross-site scripting (XSS), and more, using standards such as the OWASP Application Security Verification Standard (ASVS). A solid vulnerability management cycle is critical for safeguarding an organization's attack surface. Vulnerability management is the process of regularly finding, analyzing, and remediating vulnerabilities to avoid attacks against the company. Synack's on-demand crowdsourced penetration testing technique, along with the vulnerability management and reporting features of the Synack platform, enables a firm to achieve the most effective vulnerability management imaginable.

Allianz Direct is a direct insurance firm based in Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, and Spain and is part of the Allianz Group (#24 in the Forbes Global 2000). They offer their items online and place a strong emphasis on delivering value faster than their competitors. Customer trust is crucial for an insurance firm. As a result, security is ingrained in everything they do. Allianz Direct was looking for a solution that would give a consistent procedure for assessing the security of their platform regularly from the standpoint of an attacker. Synack was chosen because of its capacity to conduct continuous, high-quality testing at scale and in a cost-effective manner.

The appeal of a bug bounty program, which is one approach to crowdsourced testing, is to one-up traditional penetration testing approaches by enlisting the help of a large number of ethical hackers to conduct assessments with stronger incentives for hackers to find results, bringing an organization closer to a truly adversarial perspective. "Bug Bounty" is a part of what they do. Still, Synack takes it a step further by offering bounty-driven testing with a highly-vetted elite community and merging the testing process with a technological platform. This means receiving bug bounty's scalability and rigor combined with Synack's control, efficiency, and quality, resulting in a 30 percent greater ROI than alternative crowdsourcing solutions.

Synack is derived from the core protocols that underpin the world's internet networks. The "handshake" that exchanges data packets between sender and receiver is known as SYN-ACK. They identified a better paradigm for safeguarding the connections that drive communication and business in those trillions of per-second times. Synack, which offers a variety of goods and services, is an opportunity to bring technology and human intelligence together in a new sort of handshake—one that would transform trust-based cybersecurity. "We're growing quickly and hiring the very best talent to ensure exceptional customer satisfaction and to maintain our position as the No. 1 security testing platform in the world," says Jay Kaplan, Synack's CEO.

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