Fortify Software

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TypeSoftware Vendor
IndustryComputer software
GenreSoftware Security Assurance
FounderTed Schlein of Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield & Byers, Mike Armistead, Brian Chess, Arthur Do, Roger Thornton
United States
Key people
John M. Jack (former CEO), Jacob West (head of Security Research Group), Brian Chess (former Chief Scientist), Arthur Do (former Chief Architect)
OwnerMicro Focus
WebsiteMicro Focus Security
Micro Focus Fortify Software Security Center Server

Fortify Software, later known as Fortify Inc., is a California-based software security vendor, founded in 2003 and acquired by Hewlett-Packard in 2010[1] to become part of HP Enterprise Security Products.[2][3] Since 2017, Fortify's products have been owned by Micro Focus.

Fortify offerings included Static Application Security Testing[4] and Dynamic Application Security Testing[5] products, as well as products and services that support Software Security Assurance. As of February 2011, Fortify sells Fortify OnDemand, a static and dynamic application testing service.[6]


Fortify Software was acquired by HP in 2010 after running as an independent company since 2003.[7]

On September 7, 2016, HPE CEO Meg Whitman announced that the software assets of Hewlett Packard Enterprise, including Fortify, would be merged with Micro Focus to create an independent company of which HP Enterprise shareholders would retain majority ownership.[citation needed]

Micro Focus CEO Kevin Loosemore called the transaction "entirely consistent with our established acquisition strategy and our focus on efficient management of mature infrastructure products" and indicated that Micro Focus intended to "bring the core earnings margin for the mature assets in the deal - about 80 percent of the total - from 21 percent today to Micro Focus's existing 46 percent level within three years."[8] The merge concluded on September 1, 2017.[citation needed]

Technical advisory board[edit]

Fortify's technical advisory board was composed of Avi Rubin, Bill Joy, David Wagner, Fred Schneider, Gary McGraw, Greg Morrisett, Li Gong, Marcus Ranum, Matt Bishop, William Pugh, and John Viega.

Security research[edit]

Fortify created a security research group that maintained the Java Open Review project[9] and the Vulncat taxonomy of security vulnerabilities in addition to the security rules for Fortify's analysis software.[10] Members of the group wrote the book Secure Coding with Static Analysis, and published research, including JavaScript Hijacking,[11] Attacking the build: Cross build Injection,[12] Watch what you write: Preventing Cross-site scripting by observing program output,[13] and Dynamic taint propagation: Finding vulnerabilities without attacking.[14]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "HP Completes Acquisition of Fortify Software, Accelerating Security Across the Application Life Cycle". September 22, 2010. Retrieved December 17, 2018.
  2. ^ Roberts, Paul (April 5, 2004). "Software Searches for Security Flaws". Retrieved December 17, 2018.
  3. ^ Wagner, Jim (April 5, 2004). "A New Approach to Fortify Your Software". Retrieved December 17, 2018.
  4. ^ "HP Fortify Static Code Analyzer". Retrieved December 17, 2018.
  5. ^ "HP Unveils Real-Time Application Security Testing Tool". July 14, 2011. Retrieved December 17, 2018.
  6. ^ Reitano, Victoria (February 15, 2011). "HP builds up its Security-as-a-Service". SD Times. Retrieved December 17, 2018.
  7. ^ "HP's Fortify Buyout Numbers Tell Lucrative Story For Software Security". Forbes. August 18, 2010. Retrieved May 4, 2020.
  8. ^ Sandle, Paul; Baker, Liana B. (September 7, 2016). "HP Enterprise strikes $8.8 billion deal with Micro Focus for software assets". Reuters. Retrieved December 17, 2018.
  9. ^ "Quality and Security for Open source Community". Archived from the original on December 16, 2006. Retrieved December 17, 2018.
  10. ^ "HP Fortify Taxonomy: Software Security Errors". Archived from the original on November 27, 2012. Retrieved December 17, 2018.
  11. ^ Chess, Brian; O'Neil, Yekaterina Tsipenyuk; West, Jacob (March 12, 2007). "JavaScript Hijacking" (PDF). Retrieved December 17, 2018.
  12. ^ Chess, Brian; Lee, Fredrick DeQuan; West, Jacob (October 10, 2007). "Attacking the Build through Cross-Build Injection". Retrieved December 17, 2018.
  13. ^ Madou, Matias; Lee, Edward; West, Jacob; Chess, Brian (2008). "Watch What You Write: Preventing Cross-Site Scripting by Observing Program Output" (PDF). Retrieved December 17, 2018.
  14. ^ Chess, Brian; West, Jacob (January 2008). "Dynamic taint propagation: Finding vulnerabilities without attacking". Information Security Tech. 13 (1): 33–39. doi:10.1016/j.istr.2008.02.003. Retrieved December 17, 2018.

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