Security Experts:

Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?


Network Security

IBM Unveils “X-Force Red” Pen Testing Group

IBM this week unveiled a new penetration testing group that will operate under its security services division to help customers uncover security gaps in their networks.

IBM this week unveiled a new penetration testing group that will operate under its security services division to help customers uncover security gaps in their networks.

The new “IBM X-Force Red” team is a group of ethical hackers that will pound the virtual walls of companies in an effort to discover vulnerabilities in their networks, hardware, and applications.

Led by pen testing guru Charles Henderson, who previously served as VP of Managed Security Testing at Trustwave, the X-Force Red team consists of hundreds of security professionals scattered across dozens of locations around the world.

In addition to searching for software vulnerabilities and misconfigurations, the team will help test the human element, by performing phishing and social media attack simulations, along with physical security tests to determine the risks associated with in-person interactions. 

“Having a machine scan your servers and source code is a great step to help prevent data breaches, but the human element of security testing cannot be overlooked,” said Henderson. 

IBM says X-Force Red can engage with customers via three different billing models: individual projects, subscriptions, and managed testing programs—all which include vulnerability analytics to help measure the impact of the security testing programs.

In May, IBM announced Watson for Security, an initiative to leverage IBM’s cognitive computing technology to help analysts develop and maintain maximum network security. 

In 2015, IBM’s security business reached $2 billion in revenue and added 1,000 employees.

Written By

For more than 10 years, Mike Lennon has been closely monitoring the threat landscape and analyzing trends in the National Security and enterprise cybersecurity space. In his role at SecurityWeek, he oversees the editorial direction of the publication and is the Director of several leading security industry conferences around the world.

Click to comment

Expert Insights

Related Content


Websites of German airports, administration bodies and banks were hit by DDoS attacks attributed to Russian hacker group Killnet

Network Security

NSA publishes guidance to help system administrators identify and mitigate cyber risks associated with transitioning to IPv6.

Identity & Access

Hackers rarely hack in anymore. They log in using stolen, weak, default, or otherwise compromised credentials. That’s why it’s so critical to break the...

Cybersecurity Funding

Forward Networks, a company that provides network security and reliability solutions, has raised $50 million from several investors.

Network Security

Cisco patched a high-severity SQL injection vulnerability in Unified Communications Manager (CM) and Unified Communications Manager Session Management Edition (CM SME).

Network Security

Attack surface management is nothing short of a complete methodology for providing effective cybersecurity. It doesn’t seek to protect everything, but concentrates on areas...

Cybersecurity Funding

Network security provider Corsa Security last week announced that it has raised $10 million from Roadmap Capital. To date, the company has raised $50...

Application Security

Electric car maker Tesla is using the annual Pwn2Own hacker contest to incentivize security researchers to showcase complex exploit chains that can lead to...