What is Red Team?
Red Team Service is a multi-layered attack simulation designed to measure how resilient the organization's cyber security defense is against a real attack. In this study, which is carried out by a team called the Red Team, there are security experts who act like hackers and try to overcome the cyber security measures and controls of the institution.
In the Red Team Service, various techniques are used to find vulnerabilities in these areas by focusing on the technology, people and physical environments of the institution.
These techniques include breach scenarios created for competitor simulation, black-box penetration testing and vulnerability results findings, and various attack vectors, including social engineering and gaining access to sensitive data by bypassing physical security controls.
Red Team Service is critical for companies of all sizes. You may think your company is “too small” or “too uninterested” for an attack, but research results show that small and medium-sized companies are often just as vulnerable and vulnerable to attack as large and multinational companies, often being the target of potential attacks due to limited security measures and controls. shows.
Teams in Cyber Security
It is a group of people working to increase the organization's level of protection and capability in the security area by using real-life attack methods from malicious hackers. The Red Team of white-hat (ethical) hackers uses the tools, techniques, and methods of real-life hackers to secure the organization in question; It examines and tests multidimensionally in the context of systems, people and processes. Red Team focuses on offensive security and simulates how a potential hacker will attack cybersecurity defenses.
It is the team that carries out the design, installation and operation of the protective cyber security infrastructure. It performs basic functions such as identifying and fixing cyber security errors and vulnerabilities in the organization, eliminating security-related configuration problems, monitoring and analyzing security environments and events, and keeping systems up-to-date. The Blue Team is defense oriented and aims to create a strong cyber security environment in the organization by working with the Red Team.
It is formed in order to create synergy between attackers and company defenders, to perform operations holistically and to ensure healthy information exchange. He has both offensive and defensive thinking. Usually the Purple Team is not actually a team, it is the definition of cooperation between the Red and Blue Teams.
It is similar to, but not identical to, the Red Team. It consists of experts who come together to solve a specific cybersecurity problem.
Benefits of Red Team Service
The main achievements to be achieved with the Red Team Service, which aims to provide a comprehensive picture of the level of cyber security in organizations, are summarized below:
A typical Red Team Service covers the technology, social (human), and physical dimensions, revealing whether the organization has vulnerabilities at these layers. In addition to studies such as penetration testing performed over technological systems (network, system, web application, mobile, etc.), social engineering (phone, e-mail, sms, face-to-face communication, etc.) and physical intrusions (camera avoidance) , bypassing the alarm, providing unauthorized access, etc.), it is tried to determine how well the security components are prepared against malicious elements.
Using real-life threat actors' techniques, tactics and procedures, it reveals how prepared the organization is for cyber attacks that are closest to the truth.
By identifying the vulnerabilities and risks of the organization against cyber attacks, it ensures that all relevant assets are classified according to their risk exposure levels and sensitivity priorities.
It reveals how ready the organization is against cyber attacks by presenting data to demonstrate and evaluate real-life complex and targeted attack scenarios, the detection, response and prevention capability/performance of teams and products in your organization.
Supervises the security processes of the institution. It enables the measurement of the maturity level and effectiveness of the processes and, based on these results, provides data for the maturation of the organization's processes.
After identifying the existing vulnerabilities, it helps to create a roadmap for the practices to be done to improve/develop your security infrastructure.
This study provides a good training environment for the institution's cyber security team (Blue Team). It enables security teams, who have the opportunity to work with professional and experienced cyber attackers, to learn the tools, methods and techniques that real attackers can use to access the organization and confidential data.
It supports the issue of spreading/increasing awareness by providing feedback on the level of information security awareness in your organization.
It meets the requirement of compliance with the laws/legislations that the institution is obliged to comply with in the field of cyber security.
Demonstrating how a real-life (serious) cyber-attack can damage an organization and its data makes it easier to confirm and reveal the investments needed to have a solid security infrastructure.
Our Red Team Working Methodology
The types of security tests performed as part of the Red Team Service are determined by the client's security needs. For example, while all systems and network infrastructure or only certain parts of them are covered in one organization, it may be aimed to test a software or web application that is considered critical in another organization.
The Red Team working methodology, which can be used in any kind of work regardless of the planned scope and presented in detail below, has been developed in accordance with world-renowned and industry standards.
Differences Between Red Team and Penetration Testing
Red Teamwork is often confused with penetration testing. Although the purpose of both is to identify security vulnerabilities, there are important differences between them in terms of implementation. While the classic penetration test focuses on technology, the Red Team study offers a more comprehensive content that covers areas such as social (human factor), physical tools and environments as well as technology.
The salient differences between a classic penetration test and the Red Team work are summarized in the table below:
Comparisons of the Red Team work with each other in terms of scope and information provided from the institution for each of the test studies performed in the Compliance (control and audit) and Risk Mitigation (vulnerabilities, penetration testing, security infrastructure analysis, software code analysis) categories are shown in the chart below. Accordingly, the test that is the most comprehensive in terms of content, requires the most runtime, and provides the closest simulation to real-life threats is the work performed by Team Red.
You don't know how safe your systems are until you are attacked by a real attack, and instead of taking the risks of a malicious attack, you can simulate a real attack by taking the Red Team Service offered by Center On Digital Bilişim Hizmetleri A.Ş., which develops innovative solutions to defeat developing cyber threats. You can learn about your security vulnerabilities and reduce your risks in this area.