Securing and Scaling Remote Education with Penetration Testing as a Service

Blindside Networks is a company dedicated to helping universities, colleges and commercial companies deliver a high-quality learning experience to remote students. Blindside Networks provide commercial support and hosting for BigBlueButton, an open source web conferencing system for distance education.

Securing and Scaling Remote Education

Ottawa, Ontario


Information Technology & Services


$13.5 million USD




Wordpress, Schoology, Moodle, Thomas Edison State University.

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Blindside Networks found their business with BigBlueButton was growing exponentially as the result of higher education moving to the cloud in the pandemic. Blindside Networks required a penetration tester that could act as a security partner to keep client data secure. 


Looking to move beyond the yearly ‘checkbox-style’ security testing that many firms undergo, Blindside Networks chose Software Secured to run manual testing with quarterly Penetration Testing as a Service (PTaaS). This choice ensured they could continuously push secure code to production without sacrificing security, as PTaaS tests all new code. 

We've worked with Software Secured for over 4 years. They did a great job each year for penetration testing, and moving to their model where they offer 'penetration testing as a service' for more frequent testing made sense as our business quickly scaled. ” 

Fred Dixon,
CEO of Blindside Networks and Co Founder of BigBlueButton


Blindside Networks remained secure throughout the rapid digitization of the past two years, and they will continue to hold that confidence for their BigBlueButton application. 


Their choice in working with Software Secured means their security dollars go towards more than a PDF report. In addition, they also gain security consulting to help their development team integrate security in their design decisions, and year-round comprehensive coverage on their application to provide a functional, secure product for their clients. 

Software Secured leverages manual penetration testing as well as automated tools to ensure depth and breadth of coverage. With no tool for testing web sockets on the market that delivered meaningful vulnerabilities quickly, Software Secured’s team built a propriety tool to help close the gap in the testing market.

Software Secured has presented this tool to global security experts at conferences including Confoo, Montreal and DEF CON in Las Vegas.

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