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Ethical Hacking and Security Assessments

Identify potential security 
 weaknesses before others do.

Offensive assessment strategies (Red Teaming)

A simple fact of modern life, if it's got a computer in it, it's vulnerable to cyber attack. And with software and hardware embedded into just about everything, it's easier than ever for cybercriminals to find that one device, app or individual that's capable of being compromised. 


The best defence against an attack is to apply the tools and techniques of the bad guys against yourself before they do, giving you time to rectify vulnerabilities before they can be exploited.

There are a range of different techniques that can be used, below are a selection of the most frequently requested, we can tailor a program to suit your specific needs.

Attack Simulations

Ensure your entire enterprise is prepared for an all-out attack

If you want to be sure your staff know what to do during a fire, you run a fire drill. If you want to be sure that your team know how to respond to a determined cyber attacker, you perform an attack simulation.


In an attack simulation, Ionize’s team of certified ethical hackers take on the role of the cybercriminals, using every means at their disposal (with your approval, of course) to demonstrate proof of compromise.


This could be as simple as running a phishing campaign through to assessing the physical security of your IT systems and devices to see how deeply they can infiltrate your systems before your security monitoring team detect them.


We then use our findings to improve your systems, processes and procedures and further increase your readiness for a real attack.


Advantages of this assessment style include:

  • understand the outcomes of the most likely attacks

  • test your ability to detect an attack while it's in progress

  • prioritise resources and budget for maximum protection

  • understand which attacks will cause the most impact to your business

  • improve your readiness with post-event training that addresses skills gaps

Red - Attack Simulations

Penetration Testing

Employing the strategies of the bad guys to stress-test your systems

Ionize penetration testing specifically assesses your apps and IT systems for misconfiguration and/or bugs that results in exploitable vulnerabilities along with an actionable report recommending the best way to address them.

Armed with the knowledge of your weaknesses, we can help you harden your systems against future attacks, as well as implement process changes to ensure the flaws don’t reappear in the future.

Depending on your unique security posture and environment, we can tailor penetration tests from single web applications, through to your entire business and supply chain – this can be performed as a one-off assessment, or on a continual basis.

The benefits of this testing style include:

  • confidence that your system is secure before being deployed in the real-world

  • evidence that you've taken steps to secure your customers and data

  • understanding of residual risks in your technology platforms enabling you to improve controls and mitigations

Red - Pen Testing

Code Review

Understand your vulnerabilities inside-out

One of the most common sources of security vulnerabilities  are bugs in  software. These software bugs are exploited by the bad guys in order to gain access to your systems, often without you noticing.


The problem is that software is quite literally everywhere in your enterprise.

Software is inside your corporate apps, your smartphones, laptops and now that we live in the age of the ‘Internet of Things,’ most appliances have small computers running software controlling your building’s air conditioning, your smart speakers, even the doors to your building.

Ionize’s expert team of software testers can assess your software from the inside-out (as opposed to Penetration Testing, which looks from the outside-in) in order to find bugs in your software’s code, enabling you to repair those bugs before they become the next front-page news.


If your aim is to build better software from the beginning, check out Secure Software Development, where you’ll read about how your teams can build more secure software by design, lowering the long-term costs of building, maintaining and testing your apps.

Red - Code Review
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