Cyber security has traditionally been a complex discipline, requiring large amounts of money, expertise and infrastructure to be effective.
In 2019, we - that is, SecAlerts - evolved out of three home offices in Brisbane, Australia, with a view to provide a simple, effective and affordable service for SMBs looking for an affordable solution to a crucial issue - keeping across vulnerability alerts.
This lower end of the market became the focus after a mutual friend of ours mentioned that his life would be made much easier if the CVEs he received from multiple vendors were condensed into one email. He wasn't looking for a top-end-of-town solution with the accompanying bells and whistles ... and price tag. Just something streamlined that lacked technical jargon and worked in the background 24/7 i.e. did its job well.
What started out as a service intended for SMBs fast became embraced by larger companies and multi-nationals, which not only use SecAlerts for vulnerability awareness and accompanying alerts, but also the likes of PCI Requirement 6.1. Our global client base now includes a diverse range of industries, such as university and government IT departments and cyber security insurers, which provide our service as a preventative measure for their customers to protect against breaches and, with this, a reduction in claims.
Our 'home grown' service continues to flourish and there have been several iterations of SecAlerts since day one. Some changes have been our own, others as a result of listening to clients. One common theme - a sense of urgency - led to our latest iteration: real-time vulnerability alerts, which launched in 2023.