Red Teaming to Reduce Cyber Risk

Modern organizations are primarily focused on managing complexity introduced by digital transformation as well as data privacy and compliance requirements. Along with a widening digital attack surface and the rise in a work-from-anywhere labor force, it’s clear that there’s been a crisis of perception among security teams. One faction has become overlooked—the growing sophistication of threat actors and how to stay one step ahead.

What is red teaming?

A red or purple team engagement simulates a cyberattack against a business’ security controls, wherein the red team uses the front-line intelligence from Incident Response engagements, thus creating relevant and realistic threat actor scenarios.

This carefully planned, expertly executed, and tightly controlled simulation of a real-world cyberattack on an organization’s environment is designed to identify weaknesses in a business’ cybersecurity posture. The intelligence obtained from this exercise has proven to be exceptionally valuable in improving security teams’ cyber defenses, thereby making it difficult for real-life threat actors to break through defenses and cause harm.

Stages of red teaming

Executing a red team attack starts with threat intelligence. This includes identifying the “crown jewels”, which MITRE defined as “those cyber assets that are most critical to the accomplishment of an organization’s mission.” In addition, the points of interest in an organization’s environment needs to be identified, as well as the actions, objectives, and scope of the engagement. This makes the planning phase of a red teaming engagement crucial for its success.

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