Red Team Testing

Red Team Testing

Security testing with effective, combined, real-world attack methodologies

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What is Red Team Testing?

Red Team Testing seeks to test the security controls you have implemented in your staff and operating locations that, if exploited, could provide access to this data to an attacker. This is different from conventional security penetration testing, which seeks to assess the security controls deployed in the systems that host your sensitive data.

The driving principle of conducting a Red Team Test is: “Know thyself”. This testing has a proven methodology for understanding how well your organisation would fare against a real-life cyber attack.

Let Risk Crew design and deliver a systematic Red Team Test to holistically test the security controls in all the pathways to your sensitive data and achieve the best return on investment for your cyber security testing budget.

You don’t know what you don’t know – until you test what you think you know.

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What Does Red Team Testing Include?

Our comprehensive Red Team Testing service is customised to meet your specific information security risk goals and objectives. The primary features and components include:

Clear Rules of Engagement

Agreed Red Team Testing scope, target objectives, threat actor roles, barred tools or techniques, timeframes, Incident Response control triggers, and reporting deliverables.

Red Team Testing Methodology

Comprehensive digital footprinting and OSINT gathering. Attack vector identification and mapping. Multi-vector and level attack engagements.

Real Knowledge Transfer

Detailed report of findings and remedial recommendations from our testing. Audio and/or video recordings of attacks, visual evidence of breaches achieved and workshop to ensure your understanding of our findings.

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How Will You Benefit from Red Team Testing with Risk Crew?

Our cost-effective Red Team Testing will result in the following deliverables to your organisation:

What Are the Benefits of Red Team Testing?

A good Red Team engagement will both validate the effectiveness of your existing controls and identify previously unrecognised vulnerabilities in the technology, people, and physical security controls you depend on to protect your sensitive information assets. Knowing your weaknesses is more important than knowing your strengths.

Risk Crew’s Red Team penetration testing will:

✓ Provide a real-life measure of your organisation's capability to identify real threats to real vulnerabilities and in real-time

✓ Validate the effectiveness of your existing controls and identify previously unrecognised vulnerabilities in people, process and technology

✓ Help to prevent or appropriately identify and respond to unauthorised access attempts

✓ Confirmation that the overall effectiveness of your information security meets your risk appetite

Why Choose Risk Crew for Your Red Team Testing?

Our skilled and experienced security engineers implement proven Red Team Testing methodologies, using proprietary and open-source tools, to ensure they can effectively assess your business’s capabilities to detect and mitigate cyber attacks. We don’t assume, we verify with thorough testing.

Our deliverables produce metrics you can use to monitor and manage real-world cyber risks.

We don’t sell products, we sell results. Find out where your organisation’s security is at risk by getting in touch with our team today.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is Red Team testing?
In information or cyber security context, a Red Team is a group of ethical hackers that design and execute a series of coordinated technical and social engineering attacks on an organisation’s people, processes, and technology to simulate how an intruder could obtain unauthorised access to its systems or information assets. Technically, a Red Team is an independent group that challenges an organisation to improve its effectiveness by assuming an adversarial role or point of view – seeing the organisation through an adversary’s eyes.
What is the difference between a Red Team and a Blue Team?
In information security terms, Red Teams are external entities brought in to test the effectiveness of an information security risk management programme. Blue Team refers to the internal resources charged with executing the information security risk management program and defending the business from a cyber-attack. The purpose of a Red Team is to identify ways to improve the Blue Team. To learn more about the difference between a Red Team and a Blue Team, read one of our recent blog posts.
What's the difference between penetration testing and Red Team Testing?
A security penetration test uses the methodology of identifying and attempting to exploit security weaknesses associated with an organisation’s technology systems to get unauthorised access or access to a specific target. Red Team Testing is the methodology of identifying and attempting to exploit weaknesses in an organisation’s people, processes, and technology systems to get unauthorised access to a specific target. Penetration testing is included in Red Team testing. If you want to find out more, read our blog post on the difference between penetration testing and Red Team Testing.
What are examples of typical Red Team exercises?
Typical Red Team exercises would include technical penetration testing, phishing, telephone pretexting staff for passwords, and attempting to bypass office physical access controls in order to upload an unauthorised application (i.e. spyware). The specific attack methodology would be driven by the security awareness culture of the organisation.
What is a Red Team methodology?
A Red Team testing methodology should be a flexible framework bespoke to the target organisation’s culture and objectives and at minimum be comprised of the following activities:
  1. Establishing the testing scope (people, processes, technology)
  2. Establishing the rules of engagement
  3. Establishing the testing target(s) and/or objective(s)
  4. Establishing the testing timelines
  5. Conducting target reconnaissance and intelligence gathering
  6. Designing the attacks (people, processes & technology)
  7. Executing the attacks
  8. Evidence tagging
  9. Report of findings & remedial recommendations
  10. Provide metrics for future testing