About Foundstone

Proven security industry leaders


Foundstone began in 1999 as an elite team of information security professionals and included the authors of the bestselling book “Hacking Exposed.” The company was acquired by McAfee in 2004 and is now an independent consulting division. Our team consists of world-class consultants with decades of real-world experience in managing risk, preventing attacks, and building successful security programs.

We live and breathe security

Because of their extensive experience, our consultants also are respected authors and columnists, instructors, industry-certified experts, and speakers at major security conferences. We provide an environment conducive to learning and thought leadership. As a result, our consultants have created some of the most well-known and widely used industry tools, white papers, and books. Each consultant receives dedicated research time, which enables them to identify new security vulnerabilities, trends, testing methodologies, tools, educational materials, and attack countermeasures.


The Foundstone research program provides consultants one month of dedicated research time to expand on a topic of their choosing. Consultants share ideas and look for support from a research committee comprised of senior consultants, who serve as mentors within the organization.


Our team has written many award-winning publications, including the wildly popular “Hacking Exposed” book series, which captures our mature methodologies. The books not only inform readers about new hacking techniques, but also delineate the Foundstone methodology for security assessments. Remediating security gaps is key to our customers’ security. Therefore, understanding security vulnerabilities at a deeper level and knowing how to exploit them are the key focus areas of our ongoing research and knowledge base. We have also published many other books, including “Privacy Defended: Protecting Yourself Online” and “How to Break Web Software.”

Free Security Tools

We are committed to helping increase enterprise security whether or not you use McAfee products or solutions. To foster a safer online experience for all, we offer a variety of penetration testing and digital forensics tools you may download for free to enhance your software development efforts. For more details, read the McAfee Software Free Tools End User License Agreement.

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The Foundstone team is always looking for smart, committed people to help us defend the world against digital security threats. If you share our passion, discover the opportunities available to drive change and create positive IT solutions for a safer world.

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