Purple Team

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A Purple Team is a group of cybersecurity experts that take on the role of the Blue Team and Red Team in a cybersecurity exercise with the intention of providing a stronger, deeper security activity that delivers more tailored, realistic assurance to the organization being tested.

By sharing intelligence data across the red and blue teams during the purple teaming process, organizations can better understand hackers’ Tactics, Techniques, and Procedures (TTPs). By mimicking these TTPs through a series of red team exercises, the blue team has the ability to configure, tune, and improve its detection and response capacity. Highly experienced red and blue teams can provide purple teaming engagements that allow organizations to measure their detection and response capabilities in a way that is much more closely aligned with real-world threats.

What does this mean for an SMB?

Small to medium-sized businesses typically don’t need to run Red, Blue, or Purple Team exercises. These are often done with larger companies that have a significant budget for these exercises. A form of Red Team exercise is Penetration Testing, which as you may know, costs $15,000-$30,000 at a minimum for a high-quality test. Unless your company has a significant budget, and cybersecurity maturity in many other areas critical to your defense-in-depth cybersecurity program posture, paying this much for an red/blue/purple team exercise, may not be smart or affordable for your organization. However, your organization can do many other things to improve its cybersecurity without protections without breaking the bank as outlined below.
Additional Cybersecurity Recommendations

These recommendations will help you and your business stay secure with the various threats you may face on a day-to-day basis. All of the suggestions listed below can be gained by hiring CyberHoot’s vCISO Program development services.

  1. Govern employees with policies and procedures. You need a password policy, an acceptable use policy, an information handling policy, and a written information security program (WISP) at a minimum.
  2. Train employees on how to spot and avoid phishing attacks. Adopt a Learning Management system like CyberHoot to teach employees the skills they need to be more confident, productive, and secure.
  3. Test employees with Phishing attacks to practice. CyberHoot’s Phish testing allows businesses to test employees with believable phishing attacks and put those that fail into remedial phish training.
  4. Deploy critical cybersecurity technology including two-factor authentication on all critical accounts. Enable email SPAM filtering, validate backups, deploy DNS protection, antivirus, and anti-malware on all your endpoints.
  5. In the modern Work-from-Home era, make sure you’re managing personal devices connecting to your network by validating their security (patching, antivirus, DNS protections, etc) or prohibiting their use entirely.
  6. If you haven’t had a risk assessment by a 3rd party in the last 2 years, you should have one now. Establishing a risk management framework in your organization is critical to addressing your most egregious risks with your finite time and money.
  7. Buy Cyber-Insurance to protect you in a catastrophic failure situation. Cyber-Insurance is no different than Car, Fire, Flood, or Life insurance. It’s there when you need it most.

All of these recommendations are built into CyberHoot the product or CyberHoot’s vCISO Services. With CyberHoot you can govern, train, assess, and test your employees. Visit CyberHoot.com and sign up for our services today. At the very least continue to learn by enrolling in our monthly Cybersecurity newsletters to stay on top of current cybersecurity updates.

To learn the difference between the different 'Teams' watch this short 3-minute video:

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