Red Teaming

Be Your Own Worst Enemy

 
 

What is Red Teaming

Pen testing and red teaming are often used interchangeably, and that is incorrect as they are two different things.Red teaming comes into play once penetration testing/ethical hacking has been done and vulnerabilities have been patched.

With the approach of an external attacker, administrators of red teaming will seek to discover new vulnerabilities by exploiting vulnerabilities in the technology, weaknesses in people and processes within the organization.

Team Red or Blue?

To put it simply, the blue team(your organisation) is the home side whereas the away team(external contractor) is The red team is brought in to test the effectiveness of the blue team and security program. They are hired to emulate the behaviors and techniques of likely attackers to make it as realistic as possible.

How to Run An Effective Simulation

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Any Past History?

Disclosing histories of past simulations helps red teamers anticipate what they might encounter.

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Know Your Objectives

Who and what should you run your tests on? Setting up an objective list is imperative for a successful simulation, streamlining the exercise.

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Keep It Under Wraps

Do not tell everyone about the red teaming before it happens (as it can undermine the reliability of results as your team may heighten their guard).

The Need to Test Your Defence

50%

of the risk companies face are due to having multiple security vendors.

-Cisco

The most expensive

component of a cyber attack is information loss, which represents 43%of costs.

-Accenture

 

68%

of companies say red teaming beats blue teaming.

– Dark Reading

Common Red Teaming Tactics

With a little bit of research on individuals or organizations, phishing emails become a lot more convincing. This low hanging fruit is frequently the first in a chain of composite attacks that lead to the goal.

Exploiting unpatched or misconfigured network services can provide an attacker with access to previously inaccessible networks or to sensitive information. Often times, an attacker will leave a persistent back door in case they need access in the future.

Web applications are often the first thing an attacker sees when looking at an organization’s network perimeter. Exploiting Web application vulnerabilities can give an attacker a foothold from which to execute further attacks.

Resources

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