Practice area

Security Research

Security Research

Provides security insight based on detailed hands-on analysis of new, innovative, unproven or highly specialist technologies

Pushing the envelope to stay ahead of the attacker

Advanced attackers do not limit themselves to common and well understood technologies to achieve their goals. Critical systems often rely on technologies that may be excluded from traditional penetration testing due to their proprietary and closed nature or lack of easily available tools to analyze them. This does not stop attackers from building capability to attack these technologies. Because they may receive less attention from the security community, they can often prove to be a hidden weak link in a company’s security posture.

MWR's Security Research practice makes use of specialist skills to conduct bespoke projects on unusual or proprietary technologies to identify and provide advice on addressing these hidden security weaknesses. This can include reverse engineering software, hardware or custom wired and wireless protocols, producing methodologies and tools to interact with technologies that cannot be investigated with existing toolsets.

We can also create and test novel solutions for security issues as well as author hard-hitting whitepapers, videos and presentations on security issues to position a message for a company or organisation. 

"We solve unique security problems. Our researchers are able to tackle novel technologies, quickly assimilating how they work in order to conduct bespoke projects that very few companies could take on"

Matt Hillman, Head of Security Research practice, MWR

Core Solutions

Product Security Review

In depth investigation of a product or technology to identify security vulnerabilities.

Advice and Guidance Project

Production of bespoke security guidance on a given topic.

Whitepaper and/or Presentation Authoring

Production of a thought leadership paper or presentation on a given topic; tailored for the specific audience.

Research Development Project

Development of custom software for proof of concept or as early prototype of a new security tool.

Research and Investigation Project

Investigation of a specific security issue: to enable more accurate scoping of a wider project, or standalone development of a custom solution.

Our thinking on Security Research

Article

Dynamic Hooking Techniques: User Mode

Article

Contactless Technology Overview

Article

Will you still feed me, when I’m 64-bit...

Article

15 minute guide to fuzzing

 

Accreditations

As members of CHECK we are measured against high standards set by CESG for the services we provide to Her Majesty's Government.
We are certified in the ISO 9001 quality management system (QMS) in the UK, ensuring reliable delivery of our products and services.
We are certified to comply with ISO 14001 in the UK, an internationally accepted standard that outlines how to put an effective environmental management system in place.
MWR is certified to comply with ISO 27001 to help ensure our client information is managed securely.
As an Approved Scanning Vendor MWR are approved by PCI SSC to conduct external vulnerability scanning services to PCI DSS Requirement 11.2.2.
We are members of the Council of Registered Ethical Security Testers (CREST), an organisation serving the needs of the information security sector.
MWR is a supplier to the Crown Commercial Service (CCS), which provides commercial and procurement services to the UK public sector.
MWR is a Qualified Security Assessor, meaning we have been qualified by PCI to validate other organisation's adherence to PCI DSS.