IT Security: An attacking approach builds defences

Rits Group makes it its business to test other firms' security by trying its best to hack into their websites, writes Dave Boland.

23rd June, 2012
Sean Reynolds, group chief executive of Rits Group: 'We get paid to break into online banks'. Photo: Maura Hickey

From Keanu Reeves to Hugh Jackman, hackers have been a staple of modern movies, usually existing in a dangerous and seedy world filled with cyberpunks and secret agents.

The truth, however, may be slightly more prosaic; for example, some of Ireland's best hackers work for respected companies, operating in plain sight and with the express consent of the websites that they are breaking into.

It is called "ethical hacking", and it does not mean using...

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