A new name to the Dr. Dobb's newsfeed emerges this week in the shape of Spirent Communications. The firm's ArmorHub is a cloud-based vulnerability scanning service for developers, API managers, and "anyone with an Internet presence" that needs security assessment and load testing checks.
This new subscription-based SaaS software checks for the OWASP Top 10 vulnerabilities and a proprietary collection of the most common exploits and malware. It sets up and runs security scans in 30 seconds by inserting a link or API on the website without the need to download or install software.
The product schedules "recurring scans" and provides notification when new vulnerabilities are found on the site. It reassesses over 85 vulnerabilities as changes are made to a website, application, or API — plus it scans web frameworks such as Rails, Django, and Node.js as well as small business platforms such as WordPress, Magento, and Joomla.
ArmorHub certainly capitalizes on the benefits of Blitz.io, which helps less technical users implement complex load-testing of websites and apps. Blitz is built to help application and website developers with capabilities including continuous monitoring, performance testing, and remediation.
"Spirent acquired this service offering with the goal of making website and applications development more of a fun sport, with easy testing and security scanning and without the need for any scripting experience," Brian Buege, GM of enterprise solutions at Spirent Communications. "Users already love Blitz.io, and asked us for a cloud-based vulnerability scanner along the same lines. Together, ArmorHub and Blitz.io offer a validation and assessment service on the same friendly platform… and this is just the beginning."