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Positive Technologies

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Positive Technologies
Industrycomputer security, security software
Founded 📆2002
Founder 👔
Headquarters 🏙️,
Co-Headquartered in London and Moscow
Number of locations
London, UK; Boston, US; Brno, Czech Republic; Moscow, Russia; Rome, Italy; Seoul, South Korea
Area served 🗺️
Key people
Yuri Maksimov, CEO
Products 📟 MaxPatrol, PT Application Firewall (PT AF), PT Application Inspector (PT AI), PT Industrial Security Incident Manager (PT ISIM), PT Telecom Attack Discovery (PT TAD), PT MultiScanner
Number of employees
📇 Address
📞 telephone

Positive Technologies is a cybersecurity company focussed on addressing the problem of vulnerabilities. It provides products for large companies for vulnerability management and secure devops purposes, carries out incident and threat analysis and offerings for telecommunications companies, utilities and industrial manufacturers and organizations operating web applications.

The company was founded in 2002. It now has offices in the UK, Italy, Russia, the USA, the Czech Republic and South Korea.

Positive Technologies has been cited as a Visionary in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Web Application Firewalls (WAF) for three years (2015, 2016, 2017).[1][2], and IDC also named Positive Technologies the fastest growing company in the international information security market in 2014[3].

Positive Technologies operates a large team of information security researchers, who speak at conferences such as Black Hat[4] and CCC[5], and are often featured in the media. It is also the organiser of the annual Positive Hack Days international conference[6], which has around 6,000 attendants every year, and is a member of the GSMA and OWASP, amongst others.

Positive Technologies operates one of Europe's largest research centers in the field of information security. The center analyses threats and vulnerabilities, and works with security teams at companies to highlight these through a process of responsible disclosure.

The company claims to have helped find several hundred vulnerabilities in products and services produced by companies such as Cisco, Microsoft, SAP and others. It is also active in the researching of mobile network vulnerabilities, predominantly in the SS7 architecture.

Notable vulnerabilities are highlighted on the company’s research website[7] and often receive the attention of media.


Originally XSpider, a free online security scanner, was created by a couple of Moscow-based programmers back in 1999. After seeing some success with this product, Positive Technologies officially launched in 2002 and opened its first office in Moscow, offering cyber security consultancy and commercialising the XSpider product in 2003. Building off this, the company launched a software testing department in 2007 and released its first product, MaxPatrol 8, in 2008. Its first international office was opened in London in 2011.

By now Positive Technologies had opened offices in the UK, the US, Italy, South Korea, Czech Republic and Russia. In 2013, the company launched its web application firewall product, PT Application Firewall, which has led the company to be recognized in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant three years in a row.

As of 2017, Positive Technologies has over 750 members of staff.


Positive Technologies products include:

  • MaxPatrol — A vulnerability and compliance management system. Pentesting, auditing, and compliance testing combined with analysis of operating systems, databases, and web apps. Continuous monitoring of security is enabled by a regularly updated vulnerability knowledge base[8].
  • PT Application Firewall — A web application firewall which uses machine learning to protect against vulnerabilities in connected software. It provides protection for internet-accessible applications against attacks, including the OWASP Top 10, automated and client-side attacks, and zero-days[9].
  • PT Application Inspector — PT Application Inspector allows for the secure development of code to be used in web applications. It has a number of functions for detecting vulnerabilities and signs of undocumented features as part of a secure devops cycle[10].
  • PT ISIM — PT Industrial Security Incident Manager detects attacks on ICS/SCADA systems and helps to investigate cybersecurity incidents. It analyses network traffic, pinpoints relationships between security events, and provides security teams with a visualisation of potential attacks[11].
  • PT Telecom Attack Discovery — PT Telecom Attack Discovery helps mobile operators and aggregators monitor and detect anomalous activity related to vulnerabilities in their network infrastructure[12].
  • PT MultiScanner — combines several of the most popular anti-virus engines to protect against malware[13].


  • Auditing and penetration testing - Positive Technologies has been undertaking large-scale penetration testing and source code analysis for 15 years, working in telecoms systems, e-banking, ERP, and ICS/SCADA. The Positive Technologies group also conducts information security audits, application and web systems security assessments, incident investigation at critical infrastructures, penetration testing, and deployment of security monitoring processes.

Positive Hack Days Forum[edit]

Organized by Positive Technologies, Positive Hack Days is an international forum on applied security held annually since 2011. Attendants include developers, security experts, and hackers, as well as government, business, and media. Attendance has grown from 500 visitors in 2011, to over 5,000 guests[14][15]. The forum includes keynote talks, open and closed roundtable events, presentations, team-versus-team hacker wargames, and hacking contests[16]


  1. "Positive Technologies positioned as a Visionary in Gartner Magic Quadrant 2017 for Web Application Firewalls".
  2. "Positive Technologies Launches Free Cloud-Based Beta Service To Help Secure Website Applications From Attacks".
  3. "Positive Technologies Ranked World's #1 Fastest Growing Security and Vulnerability Management Firm, According to IDC".
  4. "Researchers promise demo of 'God-mode' pwnage of Intel mobos".
  5. "Samsung Galaxy S8 Iris Recognition Cracked".
  6. "PHDays forum on practical information security".
  7. "Positive Technologies Research".
  8. "MaxPatrol".
  9. "PT Application Firewall".
  10. "PT Application Inspector".
  11. "PT Industrial Security Incident Manager".
  12. "PT Telecom Attack Discovery".
  13. "PT MultiScanner".
  14. "Итоги PHDays VII: хакеры взяли реванш".
  15. "Vulnerability discovered in Schneider Electric data centre monitoring system".
  16. "Positive Hack Days".

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