Red Teaming

What is red teaming

You have all the best security standards implemented. You have the cutting-edge security hardware and software deployed and installed. You have conducted a penetration test and fixed all discovered vulnerabilities. You may think you have all your bases covered. But wait… there is something more you can do for the security of your assets: Red teaming.

Red teaming is a simulation of a full-scope, maximally close-to-reality attack on your assets from different angles conducted by a team of experts in different flavors of cybersecurity. It is the top of the offensive cybersecurity art. And here is why.

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Why do you need red teaming

All security procedures and techniques you have applied before are based on the strict industry standards. And these are excellent, carefully elaborated standards. Their creators have analyzed hundreds of most popular vulnerabilities and exploitations as well as cybercriminals’ approaches and attacks. Therefore, by following those standards you can be sure you are protected from the most widespread attacks.

So why do you need to add red teaming?

The truth is that real attackers, especially experienced cybercriminals, don’t learn these standards -- and don’t act on them. For such criminals, an attack is rather creative than a standardized process. Unlike penetration testers, they don’t follow clearly written out procedures. They rely on their criminal intuition and experience to find a hole in your security. They are looking for everything that can help to compromise your assets and find sophisticated, extraordinary ways to penetrate your digital facilities and make you fall prey to their cunning minds.

Obviously, no standard can predict all tricks that may come to a sophisticated criminal mind.

Does it mean you cannot do anything and have to give your assets to the mercy of attackers?

Fortunately, no – because red teaming exists.

What is the difference between red teaming and penetration test

Some people often mix up red teaming with a black-box penetration test. Though they are really very similar, there is a critical difference. Black-box pentesting is conducted by the industry standards following certain procedures while red teaming is rather a free flight.

In red teaming, you invite a cybersecurity team of high qualified specialists that don’t just act like a potential adversary – they think like a potential adversary. In other words, they don’t just apply security standards but look at your assets like an attacker, with an open mind. They do not blindly follow standards and procedures. You can call their activity “out-of-the box attacks”.

They use their wide knowledge to find a hole in your defense, gain a foothold and then move on until they get what they want. They totally imitate an adversary, from thoughts to behavior – but only to let you protect your assets before real cybercriminals come into play.

In other words, penetration testing is a craft while red teaming is a kind of art. And art cannot be created by ordinary persons – it requires masters.

Fortunately, you can find such masters at DIESEC.

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How DIESEC’s red teaming work

Imagine, you have ordered red teaming in DIESEC. What will happen next?

Considering as a target, your digital assets can be attacked on three different levels:

  • Network
  • Web-applications
  • People (Social Engineering)

Some companies go straight to testing one of these levels. But we in DIESEC understand it is a fatal mistake. There is one more prior step that cannot be neglected.

DIESEC’s red teaming always starts with OSINT (Open-source intelligence).

How OSINT can ruin you… or save you

If you are a living person, you leave traces on the Internet. If you are a business company, you leave a lot of tracks, including the personal traces of every employee. This treasure of information can easily betray you. Your adversaries, including experienced criminals, will inevitably use it against you. An expert in Open-source intelligence (unfortunately, there are many of them on the dark side) is able to extract plenty of secrets about your company and your personality, and this information can be applied to conduct devastating attacks.

For example, finding out what hardware and software you use helps to choose an exploit to break into your network. Knowing the technologies used in your web-applications makes it much easier to find vulnerabilities and exploit them, e.g., steal your databases. Getting information about your employees helps to conduct an unbeatable social engineering attack on your staff -- or even you personally.

It's extremely important to know what your adversaries can dig out about you on the Internet: It helps to define vectors of possible attacks and take appropriate defensive measures in time.  That is why many companies consider red teaming OSINT as a must for building proper security architecture.

After conducting a detailed OSINT, DIESEC’s experts will get to red teaming of your network, web-applications and staff to test them for resilience to the most sophisticated and cunning attacks.

The result? You will be sure you have done your best possible to protect your assets.

Does red teaming have drawbacks? Yes, but only one: it’s costly. This job requires top qualifications and there are not many companies on the market able to do it properly. It is a top-class service, so you require red teaming only in case you have real values to protect – something that needs the highest level of protection.

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How to order Red Teaming in DIESEC

Just contact us in a way convenient to you, and our specialists will consult you about all the details of the process.