A programmatic approach

X-Force Red is an autonomous team of veteran hackers, within IBM Security, hired to break into organizations and uncover risky vulnerabilities that criminal attackers may use for personal gain. X-Force Red offers penetration testing and vulnerability management programs to help security leaders identify and remediate security flaws covering their entire digital and physical ecosystem.


X-Force Red can do whatever criminal hackers can do, but with the goal of helping security leaders harden their defenses and protect their most important assets.

Move beyond traditional testing strategies

Test your applications,network,hardware, personnel and more

With X-Force Red’s ‘think like a criminal’ mentality, our hackers uncover and help fix security vulnerabilities across your infrastructure

Test your connected cars

With more than 100 million lines of code, today’s automobiles are computers on wheels, making them mobile targets.

Test your IoT solutions

Inside our global X-Force Red Labs or at a location of your choice, our hackers can test your IoT, IIoT, and OT technologies during design and beyond

Identify, Prioritize and Fix Vulnerabilities that Target your Most Critical Assets

Capture input easily

Prioritize vulnerabilities within minutes

Automated vulnerability ranking based on if the vulnerability is being weaponized by criminals

Centralize and manage

Reduce false positives

X-Force Red validates identified vulnerabilities, weeding out false positives

Choose the right model

Risk-based remediation

X-Force Red assists with remediation so that vulnerabilities affecting your most important assets are fixed first

Why X-Force Red is unique

Meet our Hackers

Get to know a few of our best-in-the-business penetration testers and the innovative work that they do to tackle client security issues. 

X-Force Red portal

Create and manage an offensive security testing program using our cloud-based collaboration platform.

Breadth of portfolio

Breadth of portfolio

X-Force Red offers testing on applications to airplanes and everything in between.


Weaponization of IoT devices

Rise of the thingbots. Learn how cybercriminals are populating botnets with easily exploitable IoT devices.

International advertising company

Protecting advertising displays from attacks with IBM® X-Force® Red Penetration Testing

Global automotive manufacturer

Testing its aftermarket car plug-in solution enabled this manufacturer to identify and fix security vulnerabilities during design