Red Teaming mimics the tactics, techniques and procedures of real-world attackers, providing your organization with actionable intelligence and recommendations for improvement. Our assessments are tailored to meet your specific needs and can be designed to simulate nation-state, criminal or insider threats.
A red team may include tests across technologies, people, processes and physical locations. The difference between a red team and a penetration test is usually a combination of scope and duration.
- Red teaming provides a more realistic assessment of an organization’s security posture by simulating the methods and tactics used by real-world attackers. This allows organizations to identify vulnerabilities that may have been missed during traditional security testing methods.
- Red teaming helps improve incident response capabilities by simulating real-world attacks and testing the organization’s ability to detect and respond to them.
- Many regulations, such as SOC 2, PCI-DSS and HIPAA, require organizations to perform regular security assessments. Red Teaming helps organizations to comply with these regulations by providing comprehensive security assessments and testing incident response capabilities.
We will work with you to determine the scope and targets for the test. Testing usually covers a combination of:
- Cyber – Your organizations IT/digital assets
- Physical – The locations where you conduct your business
- Social – Your organizations people
A pre-assessment can help to ensure organizations get what they need and sometimes leads to a re-focus of testing based on the findings.
At the conclusion of the test our team will provide both an executive summary and a detailed technical report. All vulnerabilities which have been identified and exploited will be included with full remediation details. Systemic issues will be called out and recommendations made. Where existing controls can be used to remediate a problem, this will be provided also. Our Red Teaming is not just a one-time test, but a continuous process of evaluating, improving, and perfecting the security of your organization.
Red Team FAQ
A red team is a group of security professionals who simulate advanced attacks to test an organization’s defenses. Red teams employ a variety of tactics, including cyber, physical and social engineering attacks, to find vulnerabilities in an organization’s people, processes and technologies.
The main difference between a red team and a penetration test is scope and duration. A red team engagement is typically more comprehensive, longer in duration, and includes physical, social engineering, and cyberattacks. A red team may also include tests across technologies, people, processes and physical locations.
One example of a red team test is a physical security test, in which the red team attempts to gain access to the client’s premises without being detected. This may involve trying to bypass security guards, cameras, and other physical security measures. Another example of a red team test is a social engineering test, in which the red team attempts to trick employees into giving them sensitive information or access to systems.
A red team can go beyond a penetration test to identify potentially damaging ‘cracks’ that could be exploited. Advanced attacks are likely to be a blend of cyber, physical and social engineering attacks. Determining the potential damage for these should they succeed, can identify the remediation required, as well as provide further measurement on the effectiveness of your security investments.
A blue team is a group of cybersecurity professionals who work to defend an organization’s digital assets. A red team is a group of security professionals who test an organization’s defenses by simulating real-world attacks.
In one example of a blue team exercise, the team may be given a set of known malware samples and asked to detect and contain them. Another example of a blue team exercise is a simulated phishing attack, in which the team is asked to identify and respond to fake emails that are designed to trick employees into giving up sensitive information.
Just as the color purple is the combination of red and blue, the same is true of a purple team. It’s a cybersecurity testing exercise in which experts will act as both a red team and a blue team. The purpose of a purple team is to take an even deeper dive, and better assess an organization’s cybersecurity posture and identify potential improvements.