Frequently Asked Questions

Ethical hacking, also known as penetration testing or white-hat hacking, is a practice of deliberately attempting to identify and exploit vulnerabilities in computer systems, networks, or applications with the permission of the owner. The primary objective of ethical hacking is to uncover weaknesses in security defenses before malicious actors can exploit them for nefarious purposes. Think of it like the good hackers finding vulnerabilities in a system, before the bad guys do. 

Ethical hackers, often employed by organisations or hired as independent consultants, use the same techniques and tools as malicious hackers, but with the intention of improving security rather than causing harm. They conduct controlled and authorised attacks to simulate real-world cyber threats and assess the effectiveness of existing security measures. Penetration testing, or ethical hacking, is normally safe when conducted by professionals. 

OSINT investigations and traditional private investigations differ in their approaches and methodologies. OSINT investigations primarily rely on publicly available sources such as social media platforms, online forums, news articles, and public records. This approach allows for a comprehensive analysis of digital footprints and online activities. 

The scope and focus of OSINT investigations often revolve around digital intelligence gathering. These investigations are commonly used to assess cybersecurity risks, monitor online activity, and gather intelligence for strategic decision-making. They are particularly valuable in scenarios where organisations or individuals need to understand their digital presence, identify potential threats, or track online trends. 

We operate a strict code of ethics and all of our investigations are carried out legally and with the utmost integrity. 

Some clients have a higher need for privacy than others. Even fewer clients require an extreme need for privacy. Our counter-surveillance services provide a comprehensive suite of strategic, tactical, and operational plans and policies alongside a robust training system.

These services are aimed primarily at journalists operating in foreign countries, high-net worth individuals, public figures, and anyone who has a high degree of privacy. We perform a series of checks to ascertain a client’s suitability for these services in advance, and we will never work with anyone where we suspect that this service may be abused.

Our aim is to provide the security that comes with privacy and anonymity for those most at risk.

Aitken Security prioritises the implementation of a multifaceted security approach to ensure the protection of our clients’ sensitive information and the integrity of our systems.

Our security measures include robust encryption protocols, safeguarding data both in transit and at rest. We enforce multi-factor authentication (MFA) across our systems, enhancing access control and thwarting unauthorised entry.

A ‘defence in depth‘ approach is fundamental to everything that we do. We have layers of robust defences in place ensuring that if one defence fails, there are backup procedures in place to keep your sensitive information secure. 

We operate on a ‘need to know‘ basis. For example, on our client CRM you will be assigned a unique number that omits any identifiable information about you, the services you require, and so on. In doing so, we segment who knows what about each client we work with.

Regular security audits and assessments are integral to our operations. These evaluations identify vulnerabilities, assess risks, and ensure compliance with industry standards and regulations. Such proactive measures enable us to continuously refine our security posture and preempt potential threats.

We deploy sophisticated Intrusion Detection and Prevention Systems (IDPS) within our infrastructure. These systems vigilantly monitor for suspicious activities, unauthorised access attempts, and potential security breaches, enabling real-time threat detection and response.

At Aitken Security, we are dedicated to maintaining the highest standards of security to safeguard our clients’ assets and uphold their trust in our services.

Choosing Aitken Security means entrusting your organisation’s cybersecurity to a team of seasoned professionals dedicated to safeguarding your digital assets. Here’s why partnering with us is the right choice:

Our team comprises seasoned cybersecurity professionals with years of experience across diverse industries. With our expertise, we stay ahead of emerging threats and evolving attack techniques, ensuring that your organisation’s defenses remain robust and up-to-date.

At Aitken Security, we offer a comprehensive suite of services tailored to meet your specific cybersecurity needs. From risk assessments and penetration testing to incident response and compliance management, we provide end-to-end solutions to protect your digital infrastructure.

We understand that every organisation is unique, facing its own set of challenges and security requirements. That’s why we take a personalised approach to every client, working closely with you to develop tailored security strategies that align with your business goals and risk tolerance.

By choosing Aitken Security, you gain a trusted partner committed to delivering exceptional service and tangible results. Our proactive approach to cybersecurity empowers your organisation to stay ahead of threats, minimise risks, and maintain a strong security posture in an ever-changing threat landscape.

In cybersecurity, the distinction between a red team and a blue team lies in their roles and objectives within an organisation’s security framework.

A red team operates with the goal of simulating real-world cyber threats and attacks. This team mimics the tactics, techniques, and procedures of malicious actors to identify vulnerabilities in an organisation’s defenses. They conduct penetration tests, social engineering attacks, and other simulated cyberattacks to assess the effectiveness of existing security measures. The insights provided by the red team help organisations understand their weaknesses and prioritize security enhancements.

On the other hand, a blue team is tasked with defending against cyber threats and mitigating the impact of potential attacks. Blue team members are responsible for monitoring network activity, analysing security alerts, and responding to incidents in real-time. Their focus is on maintaining the security posture of the organisation by implementing and maintaining security controls, conducting threat assessments, and continuously improving incident response capabilities.

While the red team seeks to expose weaknesses in security defenses, the blue team works to strengthen them. Together, these teams form a comprehensive cybersecurity strategy aimed at proactively identifying and addressing vulnerabilities while effectively responding to security incidents.

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