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AUSTIN, TX, July 31, 2013—Praetorian, a leading information security provider, has announced the launch of PWAudit.com, a new cloud-based password auditing platform. Building on years of experience, Praetorian has designed a scalable, on-demand, cost-effective, and secure solution leveraging the elastic computing resources of Amazon AWS. Coupled with advanced reporting, organizations can finally measure password complexity and policy effectiveness to illuminate potential exposures due to weak passwords.
With the click of a button, users can spin up multiple Amazon AWS EC2 instances, with GPU support, to efficiently scale users’ password cracking needs. PWAudit.com was built from the ground up with usability in mind. User workflows benefit from the intuitive interface and advanced hash management features, such as hash type auto-detection, multi-file upload, and drag-and-drop support. Praetorian’s new cloud-based password cracking service supports many popular hash types, including LM-NT2, MD5, MSCACHE, MS SQL 05, MYSQLSHA1, SHA1, SHA256, SHA512, ORACLE, ORACLE11G, and DES.
PWAudit.com’s context-based wordlist generator allows users to create custom wordlists based on information specific to their organization, such as city, state, zip, and web domain. In addition to dynamic wordlist generation, PWAudit.com provides users with access to over 15 GB of prebuilt wordlists and 9 TB of rainbow tables.
“Throughout my career, I cannot count the number of times that a site-wide compromise of a client’s environment started with a weak, default or re-used password,” said Joshua Abraham, director of professional services at Praetorian. “Our team has built a solution that addresses these problems by enabling organizations to proactively test their security posture by identifying weak passwords throughout their environment in an ongoing manner,” he added.
PWAudit.com features advanced interactive reporting which shows users a breakdown of various password types that have been cracked and alerts them to high-risk issues and weak passwords that need to be corrected immediately.
“Passwords are often the frontline of digital defense, but also the weakest link,” Paul Jauregui, vice president of marketing, said. “Password auditing helps organizations demonstrate and manage the inherit risk associated with password-based user authentication. PWAudit.com makes powerful password cracking methods simple, accessible, and easy-to-use for everyone,” he added.