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What Is Red Teaming?

Red Teaming is a covert assessment that allows for organisations to simulate real-world threats to assess how well their People, Processes and Technologies (PPT) would stand up to a real adversary. A large focus of Red Teaming engagements is not simply whether an adversary can breach the perimeter, but what happens when they do. These engagements allow for and encourage the exercising of defensive capabilities to fully assess their effectiveness against the Tactics, Techniques and Procedures (TTPs) of real-world adversaries. Red Teaming is not an emulation of any given attack or specific threat actor but instead is a bespoke, tailored simulation of threat actors’ sophistication levels and capabilities which reflects the target organisation’s threat landscape. Red teaming looks for all the unnoticeable gaps to get into your organisation. This testing provides you with real-world scenarios to help you identify and understand where your gaps are and advise how you can patch them up.

Why Do You Need Red Team Testing?

Real attacks will be aware of your countermeasures. They will look for the backdoors, less observed routes, the unexpected entry points. They will come over the roof, through the tunnels and from the air. They will be believable, credible and will hold up under examination. They will have a history, a purpose and even the ability to explain their presence.

Red Team security testing provides you with a method of testing these scenarios. Not just what threats would be successful but also how well equipped your company is to detect, react and block such attempts. Red Team exercises often operate over an extended time and combine multi-faceted testing approaches that are designed to not only seek to penetrate an organisation but verify the response, monitoring and incident response investigation process and actions.

It includes physical security testing, social engineering, third party relationships, hacking, malware insertion, pivoting and human manipulation. It looks at the response, the detection, the success rates and the defence failures. It gives you remediation advice, threat protection strategies and a route to more robust information assurance.

How Can LRQA Nettitude Help?

The LRQA Nettitude Red Team is comprised of a range of industry experts with decades of experience providing security assurance to financial institutions, healthcare providers, and governments across the world. The team not only possess a rare mix of offensive and defensive technical knowledge but also understands business impact and risk, with a focus on people, processes, and technologies. LRQA Nettitude are accustomed to delivering Red Teaming engagements to the highest standards in line with global regulatory frameworks such as CBEST, TIBER-EU, iCAST, and STAR-FS.

LRQA Nettitude is a member of The Council of Registered Ethical Security Testers (CREST) and certified by the UK Government to deliver cybersecurity testing as a CHECK green light company. LRQA Nettitude has a team of cybersecurity consultants qualified in areas such as ISO27001, PCI DSS, PA-DSS, P2PE and much more. We also have a forensic investigation unit deployed for activities including data breach analysis and data discovery. We are an Approved Scanning Vendor (ASV) registered by the PCI Security Standards Council (SSC) to conduct authorised vulnerability scans for PCI compliance.


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