What is Red Team in Cybersecurity? In this blog post and video, we explore what Red Teaming consists of and how businesses are using this exercise to keep their operations secure. Scroll below for an animated video explanation or read the transcript below!

What is Red Team Exercises?

In cybersecurity, red team exercises test the effectiveness of an organization’s security posture by emulating malicious actors and their Tools, Techniques, and Procedures (TTPs). Red teaming is generally considered a more advanced and slightly less structured form of penetration testing. Instead of adhering to a confined penetration testing scope and methodology, testers agree to clearly defined rules of engagement and work with the customer to establish test objectives and desired outcomes. From there, testers are allowed to implement the TTPs they believe will be most effective in achieving the set objectives. For example, red team testers may determine that spear phishing is the quickest and easiest method for infiltrating an organization’s corporate network.

Red Team Exercises can consist of:

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Reconnaissance & Open Source Intelligence (OSINT)

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Penetration Testing

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Physical Security Penetration Testing and Breach Attempts

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Malware Simulation

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Common Attack Pattern Enumeration

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Social Engineering

Once inside, red team testers may elect to use custom tools to evade detection, blend in with normal day-to-day traffic, and enumerate paths to obtaining access to target systems and data. Since red team exercises are designed to simulate advanced persistent threats (APTs) using a variety of methods to compromise an organization. This means that red teaming is not subject to the same time constraints as a more structured penetration test and typically requires a longer engagement duration. 

Benefits of Red Team Exercises:

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Identify security vulnerabilities before hackers do

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Improve your organization’s overall security posture

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Improve people, process, and technology responsible for security operations

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Independently validate the effectiveness of controls

We hope this blog post and video shed light on What Ream Team is in Cybersecurity. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to reach out. If your organization is looking to test the effectiveness of your overall security posture through exercises like these, GraVoc provides expert Red Team Exercises to businesses nationwide and would be happy to assist. Click below to learn more about our services and what our red team exercises consists of.  

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