What is white-hat-hacking?

Ethical hacking involves ‘white hat’ hackers attempting to gain unauthorised access to corporate data and systems.

What is white-hat-hacking?

Ethical hackers mimic the strategies used by cyber-criminals in order to test the resilience of a business’s security controls. This helps to identify harmful gaps in your security posture which can be remediated before you fall victim to a cyber-attack. Ethical hackers are Cyber Security experts who use there hacking skills to improve security rather than tear it down. Ethical white hat hackers always have permission from a company to attempt to gain access to their critical systems. The mission of white hat hacking is to put security systems to the test to see whether they are strong enough to withstand hacking attempts.

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What's the difference between white-hat and black-hate penetration testers?

While ethical hackers are referred to as “white hats”, cyber-criminals are called “black hats” and “grey hats” are somewhere in the middle of the two. Grey hats are non-malicious, but they gain authorised access to systems in a bid to identify security holes or make a political statement.

Although white hat hackers follow the same processes as bad actors, instead of exploiting vulnerabilities for financial gain, they work alongside businesses to mitigate and patch any security holes discovered. While both types of hackers most likely get buzz out of successfully being able to break into a ‘protected’ system, their motives are completely different.

What are their motives?

The motives of a “black hat” hacker is to steal data which they can then sell on the dark web for huge financial gain (or fraudulently use financial information). Shockingly, Black hat hackers are also known to be hired by other companies to take down competitor websites and systems. In complete contrast to cyber criminals, the white hat hackers are the good guys of the cyber security community. The motives of a white hat hacker is to help businesses harden security controls and improve their overall security posture. White hat hackers always notify the victim so they can mitigate threats before a hacker can discover them.

On the other hand, grey hat hackers are known to take part in more questionable processes like launching unauthorised hacktivist protests. However, they can also be identified as ‘ethical’ hackers. Many ethical hackers are also known to take part in competitions called “bug bounty programs” which reward hackers with large sums of money for finding security vulnerabilities. Most hackers are driven by a curiosity to see whether they have the power to bypass security defences. They often enjoy the challenge of trying too to outsmart carefully designed security structures. Being an ethical hacker means you can legally indulge in your hacking desires.

Are there any famous ‘white-hat hackers’?

Charlie Miller is one of the most famous ethical hackers within the industry. He not only has a Ph.D. in Mathematics he also worked for the National Security Agency for five years. Some of his notable achievements include winning CanSecWest’s annual PWN2OWN hacking competition four times. He was also the very first hacker to be able to exploit the iPhone remotely by sending an SMS message, impressive huh?!

Another famous ethical hacker is HD Moor. At the age of 17 HD Moore started working for the US Government as a security researcher. During his successful career, Moore was involved in discovering a number of critical security vulnerabilities. Furthermore, he was heavily involved with Metasploit penetration testing platform which is used to discover network vulnerabilities. This framework was a highly influential platform within the industry during this era, it has since been acquired by Rapid7.

Our Penetration Testing Process

Step 1
We understand your Cyber Security pain points

Our strategic partnerships always start with taking a deep dive into your business and understanding your security sticking points. Before we build a plan of attack, we like to see the ‘big picture’ of your current approach to security. We take a fine-tooth comb through your network, technologies, policies, user-awareness, and testing strategy, leaving no stone unturned. After all, to solve your pain points we must first understand them.

Step 2
Shining a light on your security blind spots

You can’t protect what you can’t see. Which is why visibility is key to any strong security strategy. We’re here to bring malicious threats out of the shadows and put them to bed before they impact your business. Using a multi-layered approach, our experts can help you mitigate security gaps, identify and patch vulnerabilities and increase visibility of threats across your environment.

Step 3
Access to expertise on tap

It’s time to say au revoir to the skills gap! With our industry specialists at your disposal, you can stay ahead of developing threats and get your security plans off the ground. Those nagging projects which have been put on the back burner will soon be set in motion. We’re here to offer our wealth of technical knowledge and lead your journey to cyber-resilience.

Step 4
Technology at its finest

We provide the tools to help you transform and innovate your approach to securing your brand. Our team have the technical know-how to help you invest wisely in technologies which will fit seamlessly into your current architecture. We recommend intuitive solutions which automate threat hunting, provide real-time insight into network-wide security risks, and streamline your security processes.

How can we help?

Here at Equilibrium, we are CREST-certified ethical penetration testers. The CREST certification is a proven cyber security framework which demonstrates that we have up to date knowledge of the latest vulnerabilities and techniques used by real attackers.  In order to achieve the CREST certification you must undertake a series of thorough examinations which are assessed and approved by GCHQ and NCSC.

Our team of penetration testers are highly qualified and have many years of ethical hacking experience within large corporate organisations. Our experts are both CREST and OSCP certified. The OSCP ethical hacking certification follows an intense and hands on examination process which requires deep knowledge of advanced hacking techniques. If you are interested in finding out more about our penetration testing service, please head to our web page below.

Frequently Asked Questions

We could tell you that we are highly qualified experts, with over 20 years’ experience in the Cyber Security industry. Or that we have a proven track record of implementing effective Cyber Security strategies for NHS trusts, financial organisations, high-street retailers and SME’s.

But we want to show how we stand out from the crowd.

You’re probably more interested in how we can supercharge your security strategy and launch you above and beyond your Cyber Security goals.

Our team are the driving force of your security initiatives. By partnering with us, we don’t just protect your data. We stand with you in the fight against cyber-crime. Our experts are on-hand to help you stay ahead of the curve and build a Cyber Security culture which is part of your company’s fabric.

Should you choose a general IT provider to handle your security, or partner with a dedicated Cyber Security specialist? Whilst a general IT provider may well be the cheaper option, would you trust a dentist to conduct heart surgery, if they were offering the service for half the price?

When it comes to the security of your business, second-rate protection is simply not an option. By partnering with experienced security experts, you can rest assured that your security is in safe, experienced, and dependable hands, and have far less sleepless nights!

We’re not a jack of all trades like a general IT provider. We’re experts in our field and specialise specifically in Cyber Security. The core foundations of Equilibrium were built by technical experts with a background in network security. Which means we don’t simply resell a security product and let the fancy tech do the talking. We know our stuff and have the skillset and experience to prove it.

For us, communication is key to building strong security partnerships. We are told this is a fundamental part of why our customers choose us over our competitors. We pride ourselves on being good listeners, never leaving you in the dark and always taking time to understand the inner workings of your business.

Relax we’ve got this. As an extension of your team, we’re there to offer our extensive industry knowledge, provide innovative solutions and be the driving force of your security strategy.

We’re not a supplier who needs handholding. We’re the helping hand. We understand the importance of having a security partner you can trust to get the job done, on-time and in-budget.

We have an eye for the finer details. For us, it is all about dotting the i’s and crossing the t’s when it comes to the security of your brand.

By combining our technical expertise with our dedication to helping you achieve your Cyber Security goals, we help to leverage your security capability to new heights.