Red Team

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A Red Team is made up of offensive security experts who try to attack an organization’s cybersecurity defenses. These exercises are modeled after military training exercises and are a face-off between two teams of highly trained cybersecurity professionals. A red team uses real-world adversary strategies in an attempt to compromise a target environment. A blue team consists of incident responders who work within the security unit to identify, assess, respond, contain, and eradicate any intrusions.

Red Teams systematically and rigorously (but ethically) identify an attack path that breaches the organization’s security defense through real-world attack techniques. In adopting this adversarial approach, the organization’s defenses are based not on the theoretical capabilities of security tools and systems, but their actual performance in the presence of real-world threats. Red teaming is a critical component in accurately assessing the company’s prevention, detection, and remediation capabilities and maturity.

What does this mean for an SMB?

Small to medium-sized businesses may not 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 may include Penetration Testing, which costs between $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 a these exercises, may not be possible 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 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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