What is Red Team Assessment?
A Red Team Assessment is an in-depth cyber security simulation designed to test and evaluate an organisation’s defenses. This service isn’t just another security check – it’s a full-scale simulation of a real-world cyber attack, executed by our expert Red Team. Our professionals mimic the strategies of actual attackers, using advanced tactics and techniques to test your defenses. This approach goes far beyond traditional vulnerability scanning, providing you with a true-to-life assessment of how well your organisation can withstand a sophisticated cyber attack.
How is a Red Teaming Assessment conducted?
Red teaming requires a structured approach to effectively emulate realistic cyber attacks against an organisation’s security posture. The MITRE ATT&CK framework is a commonly used methodology in red teaming exercises. This framework includes several stages:
Initial Reconnaissance: Gathering information about the target organisation to identify potential attack vectors. (Get in touch with us for a free surface level OSINT report. This can help identify how an attacker sees your organisation)
Weaponisation and Delivery: Developing and deploying tools and techniques for the attack.
Exploitation and Installation: Exploiting vulnerabilities to gain access and establish a foothold.
Command and Control: Establishing a channel to control and orchestrate the attack.
Actions on Objectives: Executing the intended goals of the exercise, such as data exfiltration or system compromise.
Reporting and Debriefing: Documenting the findings and providing actionable insights to improve the organisation’s security posture.
Common Vulnerabilities found during a Red Team Assessment
Common Internal Vulnerabilities
Weak Access Controls Lack of Network Segmentation Outdated or Unpatched Systems Legacy Network Protocols (Netbios, LLMNR)
Common External Vulnerabilities
Exposed Services Weak Perimeter Defenses Vulnerable Web Applications Sensitive Data Exposure
How are Red Team Assessment goals defined?
Red Team Assessment goals are defined through a collaborative and strategic process that involves both the red team and the client organisation. This process ensures that the assessment aligns with the organisation’s specific security needs and objectives. The process starts with discussions between the red team and key stakeholders in the client organisation. This helps the red team understand the business context, including the organisation’s critical assets, operations, and potential threat landscape.
The goals when conducting a red team assessment should follow these principles:
- Identify specific security concerns.
- Be realistic on the defined goals.
- Establishing success criteria.
Typically an organisation will want to assess employee security awareness, test physical security protocols and identify vulnerabilities in critical systems
What are the benefits of a Red Team Assessment?
Red Teaming Assessments offer numerous benefits. They reveal real-world vulnerabilities in systems, processes, and human responses that might be overlooked by standard security tests.
They also help organisations understand the effectiveness of their current security measures, enhance their response strategies to real attacks, and train their staff to be more aware of security threats. Ultimately, Red Teaming Assessments help strengthen an organisation’s overall security posture and resilience against cyber threats.
What is the difference between a Red Team Assessment and a penetration test?
Although Red Team Assessments and Penetration Tests share similarities, they differ significantly in scope and approach. Penetration testing is a focused, often technical examination of specific components or vulnerabilities within an organisation’s security infrastructure. It typically involves a more limited scope, where testers explore predefined areas or systems to identify vulnerabilities.
On the other hand, Red Team Assessments offer a broader, more comprehensive evaluation. They simulate real-world attack scenarios to test an organisation’s overall defense capability, including both digital and physical security. Red Team Assessments often incorporate social engineering tactics and aim to mimic the behavior of actual attackers as closely as possible. This approach provides a more holistic view of an organisation’s vulnerabilities, extending beyond mere technical exploits to include human factors and operational weaknesses.
What are the next steps?
Contact a member of our consulting team either by phone, email, or pigeon post. We will then discuss whether we can help you and arrange a scoping meeting to discuss your requirements.
In the scoping meeting, our expert consultants will discuss and finalise which digital assets you need testing. We will then put together a project proposal and quote based on the requirements and agree on a schedule for conducting the security assessment.
The testing starts. A member of our penetration testing team will liaise with a member of your company throughout the entire testing process. If we have any questions or concerns, you will be the first to know.
Report & Remediate
A penetration test is useless without a well-written report. Our reports are written in plain English, concise and thoroughly documented. Each report will detail an executive summary, risk ratings, a business risk summary and all of the issues we found throughout the engagement.
Book your retest.
Here at Sencode we offer free retesting with every penetration test we conduct.
You fix the issues, then we will verify they can no longer be exploited by an attacker.
Get a security certificate for your business.
Just a PDF document with a list of issues? No way.
Our clients receive a testing certificate that can be shared with partners and customers alike. Showing that your company takes security seriously.
Frequently Asked Questions
The cost of a Red Team Assessment in the UK can vary widely based on several factors, such as the scope, complexity, and location:
– Scope of the Assessment: The broader the scope, encompassing more systems, networks, physical locations, and social engineering aspects, the higher the cost. A comprehensive assessment across a large organisation will naturally be more expensive. If the assessment involves a physical assessment, this will likely push the costs up much higher due to the complexities involved (Hotels for the testers etc).
– Duration of the Engagement: Longer assessments require more resources and time from the red team, leading to higher costs. A typical engagement can last a few weeks.
– Complexity of the Environment: Organisations with complex IT infrastructures, including cloud services, multiple physical locations, and various integrated systems, may face higher costs due to the increased complexity of the assessment.
– Expertise and Reputation of the Service Provider: Renowned cyber security firms with a track record of successful red team operations may charge more for their services. The expertise and experience of the team are crucial for a thorough and effective assessment.
– Customisation and Specific Requirements: Any specific requirements, like targeting certain types of threats or focusing on particular areas of the business, can also affect the cost.
Given the above factors, the cost for a Red Team Assessment in the UK can range from a few thousand pounds for smaller, more focused engagements, to tens of thousands of pounds.
Get a free, no obligation quote from one of our expert staff.