Red Team

Attacks can come in many forms.
We test the ones you don't think about
via cyber, physical and social engineering methods.

Red Team

Attacks can come in many forms.
We test the ones you don't think about
via cyber, physical and social engineering methods.

Summary

A targeted test of your organization across multiple possible areas, to determine the extent of how an advanced, well-planned attack would disrupt your operations.

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.

Benefits

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.

Process

We will work with you to determine the scope and targets for the test. Testing usually covers a combination of:

  • Cyber – Your organization’s IT/digital assets. Cyber security is the practice of protecting these and is critical  to the success of any business.
  • Physical – Your organization’s physical security and locations where you conduct business.
  • Social – Your organization’s people. Manipulation tactics are often used to gain information or access, such as a phishing simulation. This social engineering assessment will prevent the exploitation of your unsuspecting employees and internal team members. 

Tests are conducted using a combination of manual and automated approaches, depending on the types of assets being targeted. A pre-assessment can help to ensure clients 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.

Red Team FAQ

What is red teaming in cyber security?

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.

What is the difference between a red team and a penetration test?

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.

What is an example of a red team test?

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.

Why would I need the services of a  red team?

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.

What’s the difference between red team vs. blue team?

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.

What’s an example of a blue team exercise?

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.

What is a purple team?

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.