Bluedog Red Teaming

What is Red Teaming?

A determined threat actor will always gain access, it just depends how long they’re prepared to work at it, what their budget is and how strong your defences are, but sooner or later they’ll get in.

What you need to know is… how are they going to get in? Where are you vulnerable? Which staff and roles are vulnerable. How strong is your castle and how can you make it stronger?

Automated and Manual VAPT scanning is powerful and valuable in determining what your technical and software vulnerabilities are, but how can you test the vulnerabilities of your staff? Don’t forget that security is always about people! Unlike Vulnerability Assessments, Red Teaming concentrates a lot of effort on testing the human element of an organisation.

Red Teaming lets the client set specific goals that the Red Team (the attackers) have to try and achieve. For example, they could ask the Red Team to show the client a number of confidential records that they’ve obtained from the client’s network. Or could ask them to replace a particular page on their website with a pre-determined page or graphic to prove that the website is hackable.

When the attack is complete the bluedog Red Team produce a report to detail how they managed to attack the client and most importantly recommend how to strengthen the client’s defences. In effect it’s having a team of expert hackers on your side!

How does Red Teaming work?

Let’s look at the stages involved in Red Team exercise:

What’s the difference between Red Teaming and VAPT or Penetration Testing?

Social engineering – unlike Pen Testing the human element is an important element for the Red Team to test.

Red Teaming can combine different and seemingly unrelated elements to create a successful attack.

Done in secret – usually a Red Team exercise will be performed in secret, with only the key staff being aware of its existence to try and mimic real world scenarios.

Red Teaming can include phishing to obtain important clues and information.

Benefits of Red Teaming

Challenges and evaluates the organisation’s security posture.

Helps the organisation improve their detection and response capabilities as Red Team is proactively simulating real-world attacks.

Highlights as yet undetected security weakness that need strengthening.

Goes beyond technical assessments and tests the security maturity of people in the organisation.