Pure Hacking develops security practice for the enterprise

Aims to spot system vulnerabilities before black hat hackers strike

Ethical hacker company, Pure Hacking, has developed a strategic security practice designed to seek out vulnerabilities in companies before black hat hackers find them.

The practice includes services such as gap analysis, where areas of improvement are identified, and education to stop exploits being accidentally introduced to an enterprise.

Pure Hacking chief executive officer, Rob McAdam, said in a statement that the strategy was not in direct response to the actions of hacktivist groups ,Anonymous and LulzSec, but more of a "strategic business expansion."

"Hackers exploit technical vulnerabilities that ultimately stem from weaknesses in an organisation's security policies, software construction methods, quality assurance [verification], and deployment strategies," McAdam said. "The practice Pure Hacking helps organisations understand these core issues and how to systematically strengthen any potential weaknesses."

Other services offered include strategy and metrics where its white hat hackers guide companies step-by-step to modify existing processes in the organisation to achieve the best security outcomes with the least disruption to the business.

"We help them figure out what security initiatives need to be put in place and how to measure their success," McAdam said.

"The hottest issues right now include helping executives understand where they should be spending their money to protect their critical systems and getting developers to understand how to prevent common bugs that lead to security vulnerabilitys."

In addition to the services strategy, Pure Hacking has made a couple of new hires in its security practice division to meet customer service demand.

Jonathan Carter has been hired as a principal security consultant. His last role was at b-Sec as a consultant. Former Commonwealth Bank (CBA) security consultant, David Muscat, has also joined as a senior security consultant. Both are based in the Sydney office.

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