Regularly testing a company’s cyber defence layout has become essential now, and activities like red team activities can help reveal potential vulnerabilities allowing them to be prepared ahead of time.

FREMONT, CA: A Red Team Exercise is intended to expose weaknesses in a company's security through hands-on testing, revealing vulnerability and blind spots in process and network security defences. It puts the company's software defences, reaction team, policies and processes, and holistic readiness to the test across the entire threat landscape. Red Team exercises vary from penetration testing in that they aim to target many systems and network attacks rather than focusing on a single application or system. Red Teams are usually part of an internal security team, although they can sometimes come from outside or dedicated agencies.

Red Team exercises empower security teams to think like protagonists, assisting in identifying and remediation of all recognized security flaws and processes, allowing them to be ready and prepared ahead of time, enhancing team collaboration and critical security thinking. Post-exercise reporting is necessary to document the how, what, and where of the exercise and strengthen future procedures and business defences.

Sometimes there may be a need for other teams. 

Red Team vs. Blue Team may appear to be a time-consuming cops-and-robbers game, but there's a lot more to it. These drills expose flaws and assist the organization's cybersecurity employees in understanding the dangers and hazards that their company may be exposed to. Tests could include injecting harmless malware via a USB stick left in the corporate cafeteria, simulating phishing emails, or scanning for outdated software.

Although Purple Teams are not always necessary, they can help the Red and Blue teams share information and maximize their individual and combined efficacy. Purple Team Assessments occur when Red and Blue teams communicate after the fact to successfully deep-dive into individual approaches and findings, although it is often necessary to accelerate the process of communication. This is also helpful during the exercise, and it's especially effective when physically testing a visual vulnerability.

In 2020, the average cost of a data breach was $3.86 million, with a 207-day average wait to detect a breach. Identifying the company's cybersecurity vulnerabilities, streamlining its processes and defences, identifying its weaknesses, and knowing how to respond are all critical to its future business security. A Red Team Exercise, when done appropriately and as a standard component of company security staff's training, is a fantastic beginning point for learning and detecting a company's weaknesses.