Published on : Friday, July 18, 2014
GenieConnect, the smarter event technology provider, today announced an industry first: it has earned the VerAfied security mark from Veracode for its native mobile apps. The newly achieved status demonstrates GenieConnect’s ongoing commitment to safeguarding the sensitive data entrusted to it by its clients and gives them a competitive advantage over companies offering similar solutions.
GenieConnect C.E.O. Giles Welch stated, “Many in the events industry have become increasingly alarmed at the frequency with which mobile apps from event technology vendors are now suffering security breaches. We took the initiative and enlisted Veracode, the world’s most powerful application security platform, to confirm that our software complies with the highest security standards. I’m proud to say that we are the first event technology provider to achieve this status and that our clients can rely on GenieConnect to be a trusted custodian of their sensitive information.” The VerAfied status offered by Veracode demonstrates that GenieConnect is actively identifying and remediating application vulnerabilities to provide its customers with one of the highest levels of software assurance and security verification. This is a clear indicator to GenieConnect’s worldwide customers that the company’s security has met or exceeded industry standards for security, reliability and compliance.
Welch continued, “Event technology is no longer a fledgling industry and, as it matures, it must be held accountable to an increasingly rigorous set of standards. Event apps are now very sophisticated, holding tens of thousands of personal records and serving as a conduit for information that is often mission-critical to the event host’s brand. I believe security verification is the very least event organizers should expect from their technology provider and that this will rapidly become the new norm in our industry.
” The VerAfied assessment is based on respected industry standards including MITRE’s Common Weakness Enumeration (CWE) for classification of software weaknesses, FIRST’s Common Vulnerability Scoring System (CVSS) for severity and ease of exploitability and NIST’s definitions of assurance levels. According to industry analyst Gartner, “CVSS provides an industry recognized vulnerability risk ranking that is both repeatable and refereanceable and is commonly used by large and small organizations alike when disclosing vulnerabilities.”
“We are finding that CIOs and CSOs are asking their purchasing teams to take security into consideration when procuring new applications. For this reason it is important that software vendors find a way to demonstrate that their software is built using secure development practices,” said Chris Wysopal, co-founder and CTO, Veracode. “The VerAfied mark tells the world that GenieConnect is testing for application vulnerabilities and complying with industry standards, but more importantly, it lets their customers know GenieConnect is a vendor they can trust to keep their data secure.”
GenieConnect was established in 2010 and has since provided digital solutions for over 1500 events across the world.