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Company typePublic
Industrysoftware security
Founded1992, as Reliable Software Technologies, renamed in 2000 to Cigital[1]
Fateacquired by Synopsys
HeadquartersMountain View, CA, ,
Number of locations
Atlanta, Bangalore, Bloomington, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Minneapolis, New York, Santa Clara, Seattle, London
Area served
Key people
Gary McGraw
ServicesArchitecture Analysis, Ethical Hacking, Penetration Testing, Static Analysis, Training, Policy Development
OwnerPublic Company
Number of employees
400 security consultants[2]

Cigital was a software security managed services firm based in Dulles, VA.[3] The services they offered included application security testing, penetration testing, and architecture analysis. Cigital also provided instructor-led security training and products such as SecureAssist, a static analysis tool that acts as an application security spellchecker for developers.[4][5][6][7][8]


Cigital was established in 1992 with grants from DARPA.[9][10] In 1999 the firm created ITS4, which according to Cigital, was the world's first static analysis tool.[11] The technology in this product was eventually licensed to Kleiner Perkins and used as the basis for the creation of Fortify Software in 2003. In 2010, Fortify was acquired by Hewlett Packard for $300 million.[12]

BSIMM (Build Security In Maturity Model)[13] is a software security measurement framework that helps organizations compare their software security to other organizations.[14] BSIMM was started as a joint project by Cigital and Fortify Software.[15][16]

In 2002, Cigital announced finding a vulnerability in Visual C++ .Net compiler[17][18][19] (related to a GS compiler flag being inefficient).[20] Cigital was criticized for not following responsible disclosure in this case,[20] however, Cigital has defended its position due to the nature of the vulnerability.[20]

On November 30, 2016, Cigital was acquired by Synopsys, an electronic design automation company.[21]


In November 2014, Cigital acquired IViz Security, an information security company in the field of on-demand application penetration testing.

In November 2016, it was announced that Synopsys, Inc. would be acquiring Cigital and Codiscope.[22]


  1. ^ Cigital Inc. profile
  2. ^ "The Cigital Story". Cigital. May 2016. Archived from the original on August 3, 2016. Retrieved May 27, 2016.
  3. ^ Schafer, Sarah (January 25, 2001). "Cigital Helps Wired World Stay That Way; Dulles Firm Works to Minimize Its Clients' Risks of Software Failure". The Washington Post.
  4. ^ "Home".
  5. ^ Johnston, Nicholas (August 26, 2002). "Cigital Sees Secure Opportunities; Already Profitable, the 10-Year- Old Software Maker Is Poised to Grow". The Washington Post.
  6. ^ Overly, Steven (October 7, 2013). "The Download: Dulles-Based Cigital Secures $50M from Private Equity Firm LR Partners (Posted 2013-10-07 15:56:28); Software Security Firm Brings in Private Equity Shop to Expand in Existing Markets, Reach New Ones". The Washington Post.
  7. ^ King, Mason (October 7, 2013). "Town, gown and techies team up in Bloomington". Indianapolis Business Journal.
  8. ^ Smeltz, Adam (October 7, 2013). "Hackers Who Attack U.S. in Line for Lucrative Payoffs". Pittsburgh Tribune Review. Retrieved October 27, 2012.[dead link]
  9. ^ Calnan, Christopher. "Praetorian pours profits into new products". Retrieved 28 June 2013.
  10. ^ "Reliable Software Technologies Corp". SBIRSource. Retrieved 29 July 2013.
  11. ^ "ITS4: Software Security Tool". Archived from the original on 21 April 2015. Retrieved 21 April 2015.
  12. ^ Rao, Leena (17 August 2010). "HP Acquires Software Security Company Fortify". Tech Crunch.
  13. ^ "Building Security In Maturity Model | BSIMM". Retrieved 2019-08-29.
  14. ^ McGraw, Gary; rian Chess; Sammy Migues (March 16, 2009). "Software [In]security: The Building Security In Maturity Model (BSIMM)". InformIT. Retrieved 28 June 2013.
  15. ^ The Rocky Road To More Secure Code, Wall Street and Technology
  16. ^ New Effort Hopes to Improve Software Security, Wall Street Journal
  17. ^ Microsoft's New 'Compiler' Program Has Security Flaw, Consultancy Says. WSJ
  18. ^ Flaw spotted in new Microsoft tool. CNet
  19. ^ "Net Security Company Reports Flaw". Associated Press. February 15, 2002.
  20. ^ a b c Was Cigital security warning too hasty? CNet
  21. ^ "Synopsys Completes Acquisitions of Cigital and Codiscope". Retrieved 2018-10-29.
  22. ^ "Synopsys (SNPS) to Acquire Cigital and Codiscope". Retrieved 11 November 2016.

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