What is red teaming?
Of all the available cyber security assessments, a simulated cyber-attack is as close as you can get to understanding how prepared your organisation is to defend against a skilled and persistent hacker.
The main differences between red teaming and penetration testing are depth and scope. Pen testing is designed to identify and exploit as many vulnerabilities as possible over a short period of time, while red teaming is a deeper assessment conducted over a period of weeks and designed to test an organisation’s detection and response capabilities and achieve set objectives, such as data exfiltration.
A Red Team Operation from Redscan is designed to far exceed the remit of traditional security testing by rigorously challenging the effectiveness of technology, personnel and processes to detect and respond to a highly targeted attack conducted over an extended period of time.
Evaluate your response to attack
Learn how prepared your organisation is to respond to a targeted attack designed to test the effectiveness of people and technology.
Identify and classify security risks
Learn whether systems, data and other critical assets are at risk and how easily they could be targeted by adversaries.
Uncover hidden vulnerabilities
By mirroring the latest adversarial tactics, red teaming can help identify hidden vulnerabilities that attackers might seek to exploit.
Address identified exposures
Receive important post-operation support to address any vulnerabilities identified and mitigate the risk of suffering real-life attacks
Enhance blue team effectiveness
By simulating a range of scenarios, red team testing helps your security team to identify and address gaps in threat coverage and visibility.
Prioritise future investments
Better understand your organisation's security weaknesses and ensure that future investments deliver the greatest benefit.
- Gaining access to a segmented environment holding sensitive data
- Taking control of an IoT device or a specialist piece of equipment
- Compromising the account credentials of a company director
- Obtaining physical access to a server room
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Certified Information Security Manager (CISM)
Quality intelligence is critical to the success of any red team test. Our ethical hackers utilise a variety of OSINT tools, techniques and resources to collect information that could be used to successfully compromise the target. This includes details about networks, employees and in use security systems.
Once any vulnerabilities have been identified and a plan of attack formulated, the next stage of any engagement is staging. Staging involves setting up and concealing the infrastructure and resources needed to launch attacks. This can include setting up servers to perform Command & Control (C2) and social engineering activity.
The attack delivery phase of a Red Team Operation involves compromising and obtaining a foothold on the target network. In the course of pursuing their objective, our ethical hackers may attempt to exploit discovered vulnerabilities, use bruteforce to crack weak employee passwords, and create fake email communications to launch phishing attacks and drop malicious payloads.
Once a foothold is obtained on the target network, the next phase of the engagement is focussed on achieving the objective(s) of the Red Team Operation. Activities at this stage can include lateral movement across the network, privilege escalation and data extraction.
Reporting and analysis
Following completion of the red team assessment, a comprehensive final report is prepared to help technical and non-technical personnel understand the success of the exercise, including an overview of vulnerabilities discovered, attack vectors used and recommendations about how to remediate and mitigate risks.
- What is a red team exercise?
Performed by a team of qualified ethical hackers, a red team exercise leverages the latest hacking tools and techniques to launch a simulated cyber-attack designed to thoroughly test an organisation’s security robustness as well as threat detection and response capabilities.
- How long does it take to conduct a red teaming operation?
The duration of a Red Team Operation is dependent upon the scope and objective(s) of the exercise. A full end-to-end red team engagement is typically performed over one to two months however specific scenario-based operations with a narrower focus can be performed over 11-18 days. Shorter operations, such as those designed to simulate insider threats, are usually based on an assumed compromise.
- What is the difference between pen testing and red teaming?
A penetration test is a focused form of cyber security assessment designed to identify and exploit as many vulnerabilities as possible over a short period of time, often just a few days. Pen tests are often performed to assess specific areas such as networks and web applications.
A Red Team Operation is an extended form of engagement conducted over a period of weeks and designed to achieve a set objective such as data exfiltration, and in the process test an organisation’s detection and response capabilities. Unlike many forms of Penetration Testing, Red Team Operations are conducted to a black-box methodology in order to ensure that engagements accurately reflect the approach of genuine attackers.
- Could a red team operation cause any damage or disruption?
Unlike genuine cyber-attacks, Red Team Operations are designed to be non-destructive and non-disruptive. By choosing a CREST accredited provider of ethical hacking services, you can be sure that all engagements will be carried out in line with pre-agreed rules of engagement and the highest technical, legal and ethical standards.
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- Complete post-test care for effective risk remediation
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