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IOActive Overview

Seattle, WA
51 to 200 employees
Company - Private
Information Technology
$25 to $50 million (USD) per year
IOActive is the industry’s only research-driven, high-end information security services firm with a proven history of better securing our customers through real-world scenarios created by our security experts. Our world-renowned consulting and research teams deliver a ... Read more

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IOActive – Why Work For Us?

IOActive serves as a trusted security advisor to the Global 500 and other progressive enterprises, helping to safeguard their most important assets and improve their overall security posture. We have domain expertise in several vertical industries. We understand the needs of financial institutions are different than the needs of medical device manufacturers. Our industry-specific methodologies and assessments are aligned with our core competencies:

  • Penetration testing
  • Reverse engineering
  • Code review
  • Social engineering
  • Hardware security assessments

Passionate and focused, we do the kind of deep-dive analysis that earns us the opportunity to partner with global leaders in financial services, technology, automotive, energy and utilities, semiconductor, retail, and healthcare.

IOActive maintains operations and clients on six continents and in more than 30 countries worldwide.

There are lots of reasons why you should work for IOActive – but the biggest one is that you’ll work with the best of the best. IOActive is a fast growing, cutting-edge consultancy that blends opportunities for career and personal advancement with a positive and challenging work environment. We seek talented people with broad, robust skill sets from around the world to join our diverse, growing team of consultants.

IOActive values professional development and provides research, training, and speaking opportunities, as well as education and course reimbursement.


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  • "Excellent company to work for. Exciting Opportunities, excellent management, and a fun pirate culture."

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    I was an employee at IOActive for over 5 years, and it was fun from the very beginning. Working with Jennifer (the company CEO) made my job easier, and her guidance allowed me to grow and prosper in my role. This company has grown immensely since I started there, and this provided so many opportunities for me to expand my skills and abilities. I really felt like I could have an impact on the company, and I was building something meaningful. Every year presented new challenges, especially when the company’s global expansion kicked into high gear. I learned how to think on my feet and succeed under pressure, and all along the way, I had the constant support of management.

    The CEO always had an open door policy, and she would encourage me to ask her the tough questions and challenge her thinking. Most of the time, she knew exactly what to do, however, there were many occasions where she changed her direction based on my ideas and input. This is the sign of a good leader, and I am very happy that she was one of my mentors in life.

    The company has a fun pirate culture that presents a unique theme that ties in with the company’s services. My colleagues enjoyed being called pirates, and we all had fun at work everyday. We had regular company events, such as our Halloween party, and amazing company getaways as a reward for great performance. I have moved on now, but I always consider myself a pirate. I highly recommend working here if you want to grow and challenge your career.


    IOActive is a company that rewards good performance. However occasionally, an employee would become upset because they thought they should get paid more for doing less. I never liked this type of attitude, but I have to admit that management always handled this well, and they made sure everyone was treated fairly. I always agreed that hard work and good performance were necessary to succeed anywhere, and IOActive is certainly a company that rewards hard work.

    Advice to Management

    With the accelerated growth of the company globally, I would recommend that IOActive hire more executives into key positions (which they seem to be doing now). This will support the overall success of the organization, and allow leadership to steer the ship in the direction of success.

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    The process took 3+ weeks. I interviewed at IOActive (West Seattle, WA) in May 2013.


    I heard Chris Valasek speak about car hacking a their IOAsis suite and figured any company cool enough to be leading automobile security research could use a person like me. I sent my resume to their HR team, had three rounds of phone interviews and was flown into their Seattle HQ (which was amazing) for the in-person.

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    • What was the payload and protocol of the packet of Death the l0pht presented to the US Congress? Who presented it and who did the research behind it?   Answer Question
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