uTest doubles down on security features, partners with Veracode

In the wake of news recently that software and computers are being compromised by hackers and rogue states left right and centre (not to mention the recent attacks on Citibank and Sony) it’s clearly going to make sense that your systems are well checked out, whether you’re a large corporate or a startup.

So it’s timely that software testing marketplace uTest is today expanding to offer security and localization testing services. That means it will have an end-to-end suite of testing services for web, desktop or mobile apps, adding to its existing services like functional, usability and load testing. uTest CEO, Doron Reuveni says the startup is aiming to become a ‘one stop shop’ for real-world testing.

Additionally, it has a new partnership with Veracode, a cloud-based application risk management platform. Veracode has automated app security tools, which, combined with uTest’s security testing performed by human testers, means the two will be able to offer a pretty handy service.

uTest handpicks testing teams to match clients based upon locations, languages, OS, browsers, mobile devices and/or carriers. Testers are paid depending on the number and type of bugs they find, and the marketprice for bug finds fluctuates depending on the number of bugs left to find, the demand for testers, and other criteria.

Effectively, this outsources QA testing to ‘the cloud.’ uTest has a community of 43,000+ professional testers from more than 178 countries around the world. It has about 1,000 social, gaming, retail and software clients.

Back in September last year uTest raised $13 million in new funding led by Scale Venture Partners with participation from the startup’s existing investors, including Longworth Venture Partners and Egan-Managed Capital. That brought the company’s total funding up to $20 million.