A Red Team in cybersecurity is a group that attempts to gain access to corporate systems through: a sponsored external attack, classic penetration, long-term persistence, corporate system privileged escalation and even alteration and theft of business strategic information.
We have one of the best European offensive security teams to conduct realistic Red Team exercises with a duration of 3 to 12 months. We assess your ability to respond to security breaches and help your organization improve its defenses.
We also conduct threat intelligence-led Red Team exercises under the Tiber-EU framework by having a separate cyber intelligence unit.
Benefits of Red Team services
Red Team services help detect and contain a penetration event at an early stage which results in preventing strategic information theft and corporate system down-time. This goal is gradually achieved thanks to:
- Detection of the company’s transversal weaknesses.
- Improvement and strengthening of response procedures
- Improvement of monitoring systems, identifying and solving vulnerabilities in the detection process and event analysis.
- Training of security personnel to respond to real incidents
All these benefits resulting from Red Team services translate into a faster evolution of the defensive team capabilities, allowing to counteract potential threats in a more efficient way.
From Perimeter Breach to Ransomware Simulation
Red Team Scenarios
Red Team Scenarios mimic threat actors like Remote Attackers, Malicious Employees or Ransomware Simulation among others.
Companies are continuously exposed to threat actors or adversaries that can introduce risks in several ways. According to that context, our Red Team simulates threat actors or adversaries looking for a particular objective. That is what it is called a Red Team Scenario.
The following table illustrates some alternatives that could be used to define the most suitable Red Team Scenario for a particular exercise:
- Remote attacker
- Compromised Third Party or collaborator
- Compromised or disgruntled employee
- Activist / Terrorist
- Any other threat actors to be agree with our Clients
- Vulnerability exploitation
- Social Engineering (including phishing)
- Password guessing
- WiFi or Ethernet
- Remote Access or VPN
- Leaked information (including user accounts)
- Privilege escalation
- Targeted compromise (ERP, Treasury, OT, SCADA)
- Deploy Ransomware
- Leak sensitive information
- Leak/manipulate/sabotage products (software, patents)
- Force payments
- Any other objective to be agreed with our Clients
Red team scenarios examples
In fact, like a real threat actor, Red Teaming services can simulate multiple scenarios to maximize success.
By choosing the most relevant Threat Actors and Objectives, it is possible to define particular Red Teaming Scenarios that can be found in a real environment. The following scenarios are only representative examples of what it can be found in a real environment:
- A competitor using a leaked user account to access sensitive information (patents)
- An activist trying to exploit a vulnerability to access SCADA infrastructure and perform sabotage activities
- A disgruntled employee collaborating to perform a malicious payment to a third party account
- A partner accessing corporate services, leads to a major compromise of deploying ransomware
This list is endless, and any realistic scenario could be reproduced as a Red Team Scenario
It is important to note that Red Teaming is much more than a Red Team scenario, but Ransomware Simulation exerciseshave gained some attention in the last few months. As ransomware attacks are becoming more frequent and sophisticated, organizations are increasing their effort to face any potential ransomware attack. Frequent questions clients ask us:
- Is my organization prepared to face a ransomware attack?
- Would my defensive layers identify, contain and recover from a targeted ransomware attack?
- Does my organization have experience to learn from other ransomware attacks and learn lessons from that experience?
Resilience in front of a ransomware attack
In the case that some of your answers were “no”, you may consider performing a Red Team Scenario focused on Ransomware Simulation exercises. In the particular case of Ransomware Simulation exercises we suggest two differentiated stages:
- Red Team Scenario: Performing activities included in a Ransomware Simulation exercise by replicating a realistic targeted ransomware attack.
- Gap-Analysis.: One advisor analyzes how our client defensive layers have detected, contained and recovered assets during the Red Team Scenario identifying improvement possibilities you can implement.
This example is only one particular Red Team Scenario, but if you are interested in doing a Red Team exercise, do not hesitate to let us know. We will help you define the best Red Team Scenario for your company profile.