What is a Red Team Exercice?
Red teaming exercises are similar to penetration tests in terms of execution, as they replicate a real hacking scenario using the same techniques as hackers. However, red teaming assessment differs from pentesting, as it is a much deeper assessment specifically designed to replicate a skilled and persistent attacker attempting to breach your cybersecurity by any means necessary, without focusing on a specific technology. It provides a better perspective of an organization’s current cybersecurity posture, as it directly challenges the effectiveness of employees and systems to detect and respond to a real-world cyberattack.
Red Team (RT) vs Purple Team vs Blue Team
Examples of Red Team Exercices
Generally aligned with an organization’s risk management strategy, red teaming assessment exercises must be tailored to a specific objective. This means that each read teaming engagement presents different parameters and targets, each adapted to the desired outcome. Here are examples of red teaming projects:
Red Teaming vs Penetration Testing
|Penetration Testing||Red Teaming|
|Shorter time dedicated to testing||Extensive time dedicated to testing|
|Employees are informed of the test||Employees are generally not informed|
|Testers exploit known vulnerabilities||Testers seek to find and exploit new vulnerabilities|
|Testing scope is pre-defined||Scope is flexible and spans across various systems|
|Each system is tested independently||Systems are tested simultaneously|