Real-life assessments to evaluate prevention, detection and response capabilities
Measuring the success of security operations on efficiency metrics alone can fail to address a key question all security leaders need to answer: how good are people and controls at preventing, detecting and responding to cyber threats?
Scenario-based testing performed by Redscan’s experienced team of consultants, can help to validate the true effectiveness of your organisation’s capabilities. This is achieved by simulating a wide range of adversarial tactics and providing recommendations to enhance the protection of key assets.
Benefits of scenario-based testing
Scenario-based testing is a specialist form of offensive security assessment. Unlike traditional penetration testing, which is focused on uncovering vulnerabilities, scenario-based testing is designed to benchmark the performance of cyber security controls against specific adversarial tactics and behaviours. Scenario-based testing helps to answer important questions such as:
- How effective are security technologies at preventing, detecting and responding to threats?
- Are there any network security blind spots that persistent attackers could exploit?
- Are Blue Team security analysts able to shut down advanced and sophisticated attacks?
- How good are security analysts at differentiating genuine incidents from false positives?
- Are incident response plans in place to address threats and manage compromises?
- Do in-house security teams have the know-how to remediate breaches?
Validate the effectiveness of
Scenario-based testing is commonly used to assess the ability of your organisation to prevent, detect and respond to threats. Unlike a Red Team Operation, which is designed to replicate a full-scale cyber-attack, a scenario-based test is a more focused type of assessment often constructed around a specific adversarial tactic. Regular scenario-based testing creates a culture of continuous improvement, ensuring that your security operations team is better prepared to act against current and emerging threats.
Redscan’s scenario-based testing service can be tailored to help evaluate your organisation’s ability to detect and respond to a range of security risks. The many scenarios and tactics that we can replicate include:
- A supply chain compromise
- Data exfiltration by an employee or contractor
- A spear phishing campaign to harvest credentials
- Installation of malware
The MITRE ATT&CK™ framework
Scenario-based testing can be aligned to a range of adversarial behaviour frameworks. One of the most common is the Adversarial Tactics, Techniques and Common Knowledge (MITRE ATT&CK), which outlines the methods adversaries use to compromise, exploit and traverse networks. The MITRE ATT&CK Framework is divided into 11 groups of TTPs, all of which can be replicated by scenario-based testing.
Gaining a foothold in the target network using tactics such as spear phishing and supply-chain compromise.
Executing code on a target system once access has been obtained. Includes the abuse of legitimate applications and systems such as Control Panel items and PowerShell.
Establishing and maintaining a persistent presence on a network, overcoming interruptions such as system restarts and updated account credentials.
Increasing permission levels to access additional parts of a compromised network through techniques such as hooking, process injection and access token manipulation.
Avoiding detection through techniques such as the disablement of security defences, prevention of endpoint inspection or bypassing of application whitelisting.
Seeking to gain access to or control a system or domain by obtaining legitimate credentials, including the use of brute force and credential dumping.
Acquiring knowledge of target systems and networks. Includes account, application, browser and directory reconnaissance techniques.
Traversing a network and gaining control of remote systems. Includes Pass the Ticket (PtT) and remote service effects techniques.
Identifying and gathering sensitive information through audio, keystroke, screen and video capture.
Removing files and information from the target network, often using a combination of compression, encryption and legitimate protocol abuse.
Command and Control
Establishing communication with target systems through the abuse of existing, legitimate protocols.
Gain deeper insight with scenario-based testing
Scenario-based testing can be commissioned as a standalone engagement or included as part of Kroll Responder, our award-winning Managed Detection and Response service, in order to continually validate visibility and coverage against current and emerging threats.
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