A Brief History

SekChek was founded in 1996 by two ex Big Four IT auditors and security consultants who recognised the need for an automated and independent family of tools for auditing and benchmarking security across all computer platforms.

Time, historyThe first security audit and benchmarking tool was developed for IBM’s AS400 systems in 1996. During the next two years, similar tools were built for systems running Microsoft Windows, UNIX and Novell / Netware. SekChek for Active Directory was released in 2001.

All along, our goal has been to provide the ‘roving auditor’, internal auditors and consultants, with a set of consistent, easy-to-use, and license-free tools for auditing and benchmarking a system’s security quickly and efficiently.

The spread of our services and tools has been greatly influenced by the rate of adoption of SekChek by audit firms and their clients throughout the world. In other cases, large multinational clients have used our service to centralise security audits of systems located at their overseas offices and subsidiaries.

More recently, organisations have used SekChek to ease the burden of compliance with the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, the DPA, and other industry specific legislation and standards, such as HIPAA and the PCI DSS.

To date, SekChek is used in more than 140 countries across all industry sectors, from financial institutions to manufacturing and government institutions.

Having collected anonymous statistical data from audits of over 80,000 computers worldwide, we maintain a living database of security averages and leading practices, which is added to every time a system is analysed. This allows SekChek to benchmark our clients’ security against their industry peers, and to summarise the results in non-technical and easy-to-interpret graphical formats.

Throughout its history and development, SekChek has recognised the importance of security and confidentiality of its clients’ data. We provide for this through our strict enforcement of policies and secure, industry standard encryption methods. We are regularly subject to independent audits which provide assurance to our clients.

Through ongoing research, SekChek has kept up to date with the evolving security features of the platforms we support. We also continue to research and develop new security and audit tools to satisfy the changing needs of our clients. The SekChek Local family of tools was introduced in April 2008 and SekChek for Microsoft Exchange was released in 2010.

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