We’re old-school hackers in the traditional sense of the word — from the days when hacking was about intellectual curiosity, not criminal intent.
Our reputations were built as a sought-after red-team outfit — showing the world’s largest companies how their security systems could be bypassed. As cyber-crime grew, they counted on us to help respond when their business was on the line. It gave us a unique perspective — we already knew how bad guys break-in, now we knew what it took to get them out.
We soon grew frustrated with the ‘solutions’ that didn’t work, and the lack of offensive thinking on the defender’s team. We kept asking ourselves, “what would catch guys like us?”. The answer? Deception. So we began hand-crafting digital traps for highly targeted organisations that could not afford a breach. Places where other defences had been regularly defeated.
It worked — and how! They caught things that were invisible to ‘state of the art’ products. This was our genesis; our ‘a-ha’ moment. Smokescreen was born.
Deception at Smokescreen is now a blend of art and science. Those years of experience, and every little trick in our playbook, tested in the wild, and packaged for today’s enterprise. What we do is simple — we think like them, so we can level the playing field for you.