In the 1960s, ethical hacking emerged to protect companies from cyberattacks.
Companies began hiring pen testing consultants to simulate attacks on their systems and identify vulnerabilities.
In today’s digital age, cyberattacks are an ever-present threat, and protecting against hackers has become critical.
Think of all the resourceful 14-year-olds hacking in their parents’ basements as we speak.👨💻
However, pen testing methods remain outdated, with consultants charging high costs for annual compliance tests and taking weeks to produce excessive reports.
This week’s company provides an automated platform with trusted pen testers to allow companies to run continuous security testing.
Cytix is a security testing platform that enables companies to continuously monitor technology assets throughout their workflow.
Security testing: Simulate real-world hacks to identify security weaknesses.
Monitor: A vulnerability management platform and a team of in-house ethical hackers offer timely tests and reports upon request.
Workflow: Integrates with AWS, GitHub, and more to allow continuous, time-effective security testing during development.
📝 Pen testing market: The pen testing market is valued at $1.4b, with a 13.7% annual growth rate driven by increasing demands for continuous testing at an accessible cost, increased hacker sophistication, and rising security regulations.
👩💻 Broad end customer: Cytix serves a wide range of customers, helping small to enterprise customers meet industry-specific compliance requirements and prevent cyberattacks.
👥 Platform + in-house testers: Cytix combines its platform with an in-house team of pen testers to provide customers with quality support throughout their development and growth.
🌎 Hackathon: Cytix faces competition from pen testing crowdsourcing platforms and automated security testing startups taking market share from traditional pen testing consultants.
Additionally, many large enterprises hire in-house ethical hackers.
📈 Growing with customers: As more companies join the platform, Cytix must expand its network of pen testers to offer continuous and timely security tests.
Plus, Cytix must ensure it brings on trusted testers who have an understanding of the legal and ethical guidelines.
🤝 Fast trust: Cytix must invest early in sales and marketing to build trust and credibility with potential customers in the highly competitive and sensitive industry.
Thomas Ballin: Previously worked at Secarma and NCC Group as a security consultant.
Ben Armstrong: Previously worked at Secarma and NCC Group in sales.
Matt Milan: Previously worked at Clenergy EV, Secarma, and Encircle Marketing as a software engineer.
Cobalt: Backed by Highland Europe, byFounders, elab Ventures, and others.
Strike: Backed by Greyhound Capital, Canary, FJ Labs, and others.
Heyhack: Backed by PreSeed Ventures and angels.
With a growing need for consistent security testing, a vulnerability management platform combined with a team of trusted testers, and strong early traction with customers across industries, we can attest to the company’s potential for growth. 🔐