The intent of this white paper is to provide an introduction to Red Teaming – a real-world attack simulation that can assess and significantly improve the effectiveness of an entire information security programme. It provides insight to the processes, tools and techniques employed by Red Team Operations and the significant value that organisations can derive from this approach. One thing is certain when protecting a business from cyber-crime – there is no silver bullet. The evolving nature of the cyber threat landscape means a business could be breached regardless of the security technology, people or processes in place.
Embracing this thinking and continuously challenging the ability to protect, detect and respond to breaches is essential to reduce the risk that a cyber-attack poses to a business’s reputational and financial standing. Red Teaming simulates the real-world attack Tactics, Techniques and Procedures (TTPs) that determined and persistent adversaries employ when targeting a victim. This enables a business to better prepare for the impact of current and future threats. By understanding the weaknesses more clearly and planning for worst-case scenarios, capabilities can be developed to rapidly detect breaches along with the ability to respond to them.