Red Team Assessment Phases – Everything You Need to Know!

The antagonistic approach of a Red Team makes things challenging to an organization’s system, policies, anticipations and adaptations. These days, organizations want the Red Teams to challenge the physical security in addition to the digital security.

What Exactly Is a Red Team?

The term originally came from the military. In that context, the purpose of a Red Team was to organize a team of skilled professionals to break in or attack the security setup in order to test the security measures in place.

Speaking in terms of information technology, a Red Team comprises of a group of skilled professionals. The organization wants this team to act like real hackers and intruders. This means that the Red Team divides the operation into smaller projects and uses different techniques, replaces one plan to another if needed and even rejects a plan altogether in a given situation.

Before we dig in deeper, it is important to clarify the difference between a Red Team assessment and conventional penetration testing.

Penetration Testing vs. Red Team Assessment

A Red Team assessment is not a component of penetration testing. Even though they may feature similar components at times, they are two different things.

Penetration testing involves the evaluation of configuration and vulnerabilities. It exploits existing vulnerabilities to measure the level of risk

This means that penetration testing is about evaluating the expected or the existing rather than trying to see what else could cause issues. During penetration testing on an organizational level, general objectives revolve around gaining access to:

  • Information containing trade secrets
  • Personally Identifiable Information
  • Protected Health Information
  • Domain administrator

The Red Team assessment is well-targeted and goes beyond the identification of vulnerabilities. The Red Team tries to challenge the organization’s ability to

  • Detect and anticipate security issues
  • Respond to the security issues

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