What is ethical hacking?

Imagine your worst nightmare becoming a reality; your organization is under attack. You discover they’ve broken in via hidden vulnerabilities you didn’t even know existed. You suffer a lethal breach… but with no negative aftermath. That’s what CovertSwarm’s ethical hacking service can achieve. 

Cyber security ethical hacking is like having an undercover infiltrator on your side. They’ll target your security defenses, scrutinize your business processes, and even go after your employees – without genuine consequences. Instead, ethical hackers detect your weaknesses before malicious actors can exploit them for themselves. 

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Our approach to ethical hacking

Hackers don’t care about your expensive firewalls, pragmatic protocols, or your sophisticated security systems. Neither do we. We’ll find a way in, even if it’s through the smallest crack. 

Just because we’re ethical doesn’t mean we lack the skills or determination to find the vulnerabilities in your system. Our ethical hacking security service is as close to a real-life attack as it gets. Our approach is modern, offensive, and continuous.

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We’ll cover every angle.

Relentlessly. And we won’t stop until we find what we’re looking for. Every ethical hacking expert on our team is carefully selected, vetted, and held up to CREST-accredited standards.

Once we attack, we educate. We teach you where your blind spots exist, how to remedy them, and what action you need to take in the event of future attacks. Make the most of your security strategy with a certified ethical hacker by your side.

“We are really happy with CovertSwarm as our external RED team.”

COO and Co-founder, IT services and consulting company.

Constant cyber attack via subscription

For a simple monthly fee, our dedicated team of ethical hackers will constantly attack the full scope of your brand using digital, physical and social methods.

And when we find a way to breach your organization, we’ll raise the alarm before a real threat succeeds.


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Just as your security defenses must evolve to keep pace with organizational change, so must your approach to cyber attack.

With most security breaches occurring many days prior to detection, effective simulated assaults must be constant. It’s the only way to counteract an APT and avoid zero-day exploits.

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It’s not just your systems and applications which are susceptible to threat. Your people are too. Staff members are one of the most common breach points for successful cyber attacks.

That’s why, thinking beyond the digital, we’ll seek to exploit previous unexplored weaknesses in your physical and social environments too.


Ready to be hacked? For a demo of our services or to get a quote, just get in touch.

Say hello to your worst nightmare and your greatest ally. 

We’re ready to be your worst nightmare, but also your greatest ally. Every business change leaves you vulnerable to potential breaches. Use the power of our Swarm of ethical hackers to probe your security capabilities and detect the hidden holes in your defenses.  

Red team attacks accredited by CREST 

Our ethical hacking red team will stop at nothing to root out the most entrenched vulnerabilities in your cybersecurity defenses. And we’re one of the very few CREST-accredited teams for simulated targeted attack services. 

Benefits of our ethical hacking services

Maintain a hive mind of 0-days and tackle new threats in real time.

Never feel anxious about an imminent attack again. With our hive mind of 0-day threats, we identify risks before they even have the chance to materialize into serious danger. And we’ll update you in real time via our attack surface management platform, Offensive Operations Center.  

Cut out the noise with insights that make a difference.

We won’t overload you with senseless noise about your security system. We focus on the point of compromise and offer context-aware vulnerabilities that matter to your organization. We offer insights that truly make a difference. 

Hackers don’t rest and neither do we. Go on the continuous offense.

Hackers won’t hesitate to attack when your system is at its most vulnerable. And neither will we. However, we won’t scramble your data, we’ll shine a light on your vulnerabilities and improve your defenses. That’s one of the many advantages of ethical hacking

Features of our ethical hacking service

Cover all bases with multiple skill sets and disciplines.

Our diverse team of ethical hackers cover all bases, skill sets, and disciplines, meaning we can dive deep into your system until we uncover every last vulnerability. Covertswarm’s team benefits from an unlimited training budget, so rest assured that you’re receiving the latest expertise.

Gain hundreds of years of collective experience.

With thousands of attacks under our belts and hundreds of years of collective experience between us, you can make the most of our intelligence with minimal effort on your behalf.

Subversive cyber and social exploitation with limited damage.

We’ll promise to find our client’s unique points of compromise. But instead of taking advantage of them, we reinforce their security posture and make them stronger than ever.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is an ethical hacker?

Ethical hacking is just as relentless as any other cyber attack, but rather than exploiting your vulnerabilities, it aims to identify and rectify them. After receiving permission from the owner, our hackers will attempt to gain unauthorized access to applications, systems, and or data. The end goal of a certified ethical hacker is to report security weaknesses and rectify issues before malicious actors have a chance to exploit them.

To find out more, check out our ethical hacking guide.

How is ethical hacking different from regular hacking?

Ethical hacking services employ the same technical tactics and programming capabilities as real-life hackers, the only difference is that they do so with permission. See how your security system will hold up in an attack, without encountering any of the associated consequences. An ethical hacking consultant will strengthen your defenses rather than weaken them.

Is ethical hacking legal?

Yes, as long as it’s carried out with the owner’s approval, certified ethical hacking is a completely legal vocation. The only crime in our book is not knowing where the weaknesses in your own system lie. Ethical hacking services aim to enhance information security rather than damage or exploit it.

What is the difference between pen testing and ethical hacking?

Ethical hacking, penetration testing – these terms are often, yet mistakenly, used interchangeably in the industry. 

Penetration testing is a digital simulated cyber attack on your system that aims to identify exploitable vulnerabilities. At most, penetration tests will use one or two predetermined attack vectors. It’s a point-in-time engagement that uses a narrow scope to create a snapshot of your security stance.  

Ethical hacking entails countless cyber attacks on your system via multiple attack vectors (without causing system disruption or performance degradation). The only goal is to find a way in, and they won’t stop until they do. The broader the scope, the higher the likelihood of gaining unauthorized access, and the greater the chances of finding a weakness in your security system. 

Think of advanced ethical hacking as a free-for-all where the objective is to find any vulnerability no matter what. Instead, pentests adopt a more limited approach and test specific vulnerabilities in a targeted system.  

When is a good time to invest in ethical hacking?

When it comes to identifying fatal flaws in your security system – there is no better time than the present. Threats are constantly evolving, and hackers won’t hesitate to strike when you’re least prepared. That’s why continuous testing of your ethical hacking and cyber security posture is vital. Adopt a proactive approach to remain one step ahead.

Aside from periodic revisions, you should revisit your cybersecurity strategy every time you make a change, upgrade, or roll out a new feature. Successful brands like yours are at the top of the hit list. Hackers assume you’re growing faster than your security can keep up. Prove them wrong.

How do you ensure that sensitive data is not compromised during an ethical hacking engagement?

For us, confidentiality is key. We understand and respect the importance of data sensitivity. After all, it’s the nature of our business. As part of our ethical hacking service, we offer a full non-disclosure agreement. You can rest assured that your security and your information are in safe hands.

Our services

Successful organizations are constant targets for malicious actors. Those who take security seriously don’t test their defenses once a year, they subscribe to CovertSwarm to attack continuously through our services.