How Red Teaming and Blue Teaming Complement Each Other

Red teaming and blue teaming are two different strategies for performing assessments of an organization’s cybersecurity. In this article, we will discuss the major advantages of each methodology and how they can be used in conjunction to dramatically increase the impact of the penetration testing engagement.

What Are Red Teaming and Blue Teaming?

Red teaming and blue teaming are two different approaches to identifying weaknesses in an organization’s cybersecurity strategy. Let’s take a moment to define both terms and discusses some of the primary advantages of each strategy.

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Red Teaming

The term “red team” has its roots in the military. Red teams were military personnel who took an adversarial role in planning exercises or security assessments in order to help develop and test potential tactics or current security practices against the known tactics and resources of the adversary.

Since then, the term red team has expanded beyond the military to other situations where an individual or group performs assessments of a target’s defenses, either physical or technological. In a cybersecurity context, the red team is a group that pretends to be black-hat hackers targeting an organization and tries to find and exploit security holes to achieve a certain, predefined goal.

The main value of a red team to an organization’s security strategy is providing a fresh perspective when trying to identify vulnerabilities and oversights. Taking the role of an external adversary puts the red team in the same position as those who would attack the organization, improving the probability that the red team will identify the vulnerabilities most likely to be exploited by an attacker. A red team member also typically does not have the same detailed knowledge of the target and preconceptions as the network’s traditional defenders, allowing them more easily to think “outside the box” when searching for (Read more...)

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