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Vaibhav Koli

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Red Team Assessment

A Red Team Assessment is similar to a penetration test in several approaches but is more targeted. The goal of the Red Team Assessment is not to find as many vulnerabilities as possible. The goal is to examine the organization's detection and response skills. The red team will work to get in and obtain sensitive information in any way possible, as quietly and silently stealthily as possible. The Red Team Assessment emulates a malicious actor targeting attacks and looking to bypass detection, similar to an Advanced Persistent Threat (APT).
Assessments are normally longer in time span than Penetration Tests. A Penetration Test often takes over 1-2 weeks, whereas a Red Team Assessment could be over 3-4 weeks or longer, and often consists of multiple testers.

My Approach to Red Team Security Assessments

The Red Team Assessments consist of a realistic, “no-holds-barred” attack scenario in your environment. I use any non-destructive techniques needed to achieve a set of mutually agreed-upon mission goals while simulating attacker behavior. The red team closely mimics a real attacker’s active and stealthy attack methods by using tactics, techniques, and procedures seen on real, current incident response engagements. This helps assess your security team’s ability to detect and respond to an active attacker scenario.

Why Application Security Assessment is important?

Red Team Operations are recommended for organizations that want to:
  • Test detection and response abilities. Security teams prepare for real-world incidents, but you need to verify that they can respond accurately without genuine risk. 
  • Increase awareness and show impact. The red team works like a real-world attacker, working and compromising your environment from the Internet by using information only available to the Internet. Successful red team engagements can help justify increased security budgets and identify gaps that require further investment.
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