emt Distribution brings leading enterprise-level Netsparker dynamic application security testing solution to ANZ and APAC

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With enterprise functionality and unrivalled accuracy, Netsparker complements Acunetix web vulnerability scanning solution that meets the needs of SMBs

Adelaide, Australia  – 18 November 2020: Cybersecurity specialist, emt Distribution, today announced that it will bring the Netsparker enterprise-level dynamic application security testing (DAST) solution to Australia, New Zealand and the Asia Pacific region under an expanded distribution agreement.


emt Distribution also offers the Acunetix web vulnerability scanning solution that cost-effectively meets the needs of small and medium businesses (SMBs). Both solutions deliver web application security, with the enterprise-level Netsparker focusing on absolute accuracy and automation. emt’s Adelaide and Singapore offices will now offer the full range of Netsparker and Acunetix solutions to channel partners, MSPs and MSSPs.


emt Distribution, a leading value-added distributor, offers cybersecurity solutions that address the Australian Signals Directorate’s top four mitigation strategies as well as the broader strategies in the Australian Government’s Information Security Manual (ISM).


Netsparker is designed so that enterprises can fully automate all their web security processes – including automatic vulnerability assessment, and automatic discovery and protection of web assets – so they can avoid resource-intensive manual processes. With Netsparker reports, enterprises can also meet their compliance requirements.


Netsparker is the only product that delivers automatic verification of vulnerabilities. Its Proof-Based Scanning™ technology safely exploits any vulnerabilities found, generating a proof-of-exploit or proof-of-concept to rule out false positives. Users do not have to manually verify findings and can immediately proceed with the fixing of security flaws.


Netsparker scans any type of web application, provides actionable results, and integrates with company workflow tools to close the loop between IT and developers. Its built-in team management and vulnerability management features enable enterprises to create roles, assign issues, overview the remediation process, and retest after completion.


Under the expanded distribution agreement, emt Distribution will invest additional on-the-ground support and educational resources for both Netsparker and Acunetix in the region. This will see emt Distribution provide qualifying resellers with proof-of-concept keys, easy access to product trials, and assistance with customer demonstrations, all within a 24 hour turnaround time.


“emt Distribution is delighted to add Netsparker to our web vulnerability scanning and dynamic application security testing portfolio,” said Shane Mahney, General Manager of emt Distribution. “Our channel partners will be able to deliver even higher levels of accuracy and automation for their enterprise customers. It will give them a high-end alternative to Acunetix, which has proved very successful in meeting the security needs of web application developers, development operations teams and SMBs.”


“We are excited to be working with emt Distribution to expand our presence in Australia, New Zealand and the Asia Pacific region,” said Kevin Abela, VP of Global Channel Development at Invicti Security, owner of the Netsparker and Acunetix brands. “With cyber security risks continually on the rise, we want to ensure the best possible reach and support to make our customers’ web applications as secure as possible.”


About emt Distribution

emt Distribution is an Adelaide-based value added distributor and vendor representative with a presence in Australia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Philippines, UAE and South Africa. It also works closely with like-minded distributors in the UK, Netherlands and Germany. emt offers cyber security solutions that address the top four mitigation strategies to prevent cyber security incidents, the broader strategies in the Australian Government’s Information Security Manual (ISM) and solutions to address Cyber Threat Management.


emt Distribution assists channel partners, MSPs and MSSPs to deliver cyber security solutions their customers need. emt offers pre and post-sales support, channel development, engaged sales processes and marketing assistance for both vendors and channel partners. See: www.emtdist.com


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NEW! Acunetix 2020 Web Vulnerability Report- Insights for Web and Application Developers

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Every year, Acunetix publishes an in-depth report of the most common web security vulnerabilities and network perimeter vulnerabilities. Download the Report HERE 

Their annual Web Application Vulnerability Report is based on real data taken from Acunetix Online. Analysts at Acunetix uses a random selection of websites and web applications protected using their in-house software, anonymise the web apps and websites, and perform statistical analysis.  Although this data is global, it still provides insights into key trends and industry analysis into issues affecting ANZ web developers and application developers.

This annual report is a must-read document for Web Developers, Application Developers, IT Administrators, Dev Ops, and even C-level Security Officers. Essentially, any organisation based in Australia and New Zealand that is implementing a robust and active cybersecurity strategy will benefit from  downloading this report.

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Acunetix’s findings from 2020 indicate there has been a 30% reduction in the number of vulnerabilities. However, while the numbers were lower, most newer applications and targets still demonstrated high counts of vulnerabilities. While the overall security of web applications and websites seem to be improving, there are still significant security flaws that need to be addressed. The report reveals that 25% of web applications and websites from 2020 have Cross-site Scripting (XSS) vulnerabilities, vulnerable JavaScript libraries, and WordPress-related issues.  The 2020 Web Vulnerability report finds that newer developers do not have the knowledge that is required to avoid vulnerabilities, additionally, developers who are working within a development structure that does not promote web security continue to pursue development strategies that are not secure.


Acunetix 2020 Web Vulnerability Report does a deep dive into  Remote Code Execution, SQL Injection (SQLi),  Weak Passwords, and Missing Brute-Force Protection,  Server-side Request Forgery,   Perimeter Network Vulnerabilities,  DoS-related Vulnerabilities, TLS/SSL Vulnerabilities, WordPress (and Other CMS) Vulnerabilities, Web Server Vulnerabilities and Misconfigurations and other specific vulnerabilities 

Download the Report HERE

Interested in learning more about Acunetix v13? Watch the Video 

Source: https://www.acunetix.com/acunetix-web-application-vulnerability-report/




Pacnet reveals cyber breach after Telstra acquisition

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In April this year Telstra finished its acquisition of Pacnet, giving it access to Asia’s largest privately owned submarine cable network as part of strategy to expand into Asia.

According to news reports it appears that Telstra received a surprise signing bonus when the purchase was completed – notification that the Pacnet corporate IT network had been breached.

The itnews article claims that this wasn’t discovered during due diligence as Telstra and the Pacnet were competitors at the time and it only had limited access to information.

Access to the Pacnet internal network was gained through a SQL injection attack. SQL Injection is one of the many web attack mechanisms used by hackers to steal data from organizations. It is perhaps one of the most common application layer attack techniques used today. It is the type of attack that takes advantage of improper coding of your web applications that allows hacker to inject SQL commands into say a login form to allow them to gain access to the data held within your database.

Attacks of this nature fall under strategy #24 Server Application Hardening ‘e.g. databases, web applications, customer relationship management, finance, human resources and other data storage systems.’ in the Australian Signals Directorate (ASD) Top 35 Mitigation Strategies.

Telstra is now left with the task of advising Pacnet customer about the breach.

Although there are no mandatory breach reporting in Australia although there is strong support for it. In October 2013, the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) released survey findings of community of attitudes towards privacy, which showed that 96 percent of respondents want government agencies and businesses to notify them if their personal information is lost or compromised.

Earlier this year the parliamentary joint committee on intelligence and security (PJCIS) recommended that the Government introduce a mandatory data breach notification scheme before the end of 2015. Australia’s privacy commissioner, Timothy Pilgrim, has highlighted telcos bad track record in Australia highlighting Telstra’s 2011 leak of 734,000 customer details and a further leak of the details of 15,775 customers in 2013.


emt Distribution represents Acunetix in Australia and New Zealand. Acunetix was founded to combat the alarming rise in web attacks including SQL Injection and Cross-Site Scripting among others.

emt to distribute Acunetix

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Today we are pleased to announce that emt Distribution will begin to exclusively distribute Acunetix products throughout Australia and New Zealand.

Used by IT Security Adminstrators,  and penetration testers and web developers, Acunetix Vulnerability Scanner is one of the leading tools on the market for detecting vulnerabilities. It’s an easy-to-use tool which has been continuously developed for a decade; evolving with the latest vulnerabilities and cyber threats. It’s the tool of choice for customers including the US Army, the US Airforce, Barclays Bank, American Express and more.

Automated hacks such as the recent WordPress cross sight scripting (XSS) Vulnerability late last week saw many people having their public websites defaced. Acunetix Web Vulnerability Scanner can bring these types of vulnerabilities to your attention.


Acunetix Web Vulnerability Scanner is already used by major companies such as Adidas, American Express, CERN, Credit Suisse, NASA, Siemens, Skype, Sony, T-Mobile, the University of Potsdam, the U.S. Air Force and many others and is well suited to join the emt portfolio of security solutions.