Red, purple and blue teams - what they are. Plus, how penetration testing can help your organization’s security.

Red, Purple and Blue Teams

Red, Blue, and Purple teams are different teams in charge of testing the security of a business in different ways.

Red Team: Act as the attackers. This team utilizes different methods that potential hackers would use to infiltrate your business. They make sure that you are protected from outside attackers by using the same methods hackers will use. Red teams are trained in social engineering techniques in order to test even the most basic entry ways because as we know the human is often the weakest link! Red teams are encouraged to try as hard as they can to break into your company to make sure no stone is left unturned.

Blue Team: The blue team acts as the defense. This team makes sure that everything on your end is secure and able to stop potential hackers from stealing your information. The blue team acts as the employees in a red team attack and can identify weak points on the inside. The blue team can also work on strengthening those weak points and increasing security.

Purple Team: The purple team is a mix of both teams. They can act as the attackers or defenders and are capable of performing most of the actions of the red and blue team. This team is like a jack of all trades. They are capable of testing your security in a multitude of ways but they don’t specialize in certain tactics like the red or blue teams.

Penetration Testing

Penetration testing or “pen testing” is a form of ethical hacking in which the security of a business is tested using different white hat hacking techniques to determine where a company’s weak points are. Pen tests can be done internally or externally to test different ways attackers can get in. These tests are similar to the tests done by red teams as they utilize different social engineering tactics and hacking tactics to gain access and control over your company.

There are three types of penetration testing: White box, black box and gray box penetration testing. Black box penetration testing is when the tester is given no prior information on the company’s security. They know nothing about what security they might have or their source code. This is to simulate what a genuine hacker would have faced in the case of an attack. White box testing is when the tester has full knowledge and a company’s defenses and seeks to find ways to get around and strengthen those defenses. This is a great way to see how secure you already are and what you may need to fix. Gray box penetration is when the tester has partial knowledge of the company’s systems. They may have login credentials are something to give them a foothold into the company. This can make testing more efficient as well as helping companies identify their most weak points of entry. At the end of penetration testing companies are given a report of where their strengths and weaknesses are and what to fix.

53% of businesses exclusively enlist the services of a third-party penetration testing team they conduct annually (CoreSecurity 2021 & 2022 Penetration Testing Report)

How CorpInfoTech Secures Your Business

CorpInfoTech secures your business by utilizing for of the most commonly exploited security vectors to understand the security posture of a client. While other organizations may only focus their time and efforts in areas that won’t help you understand what your companies security posture is.

CorpInfoTech’s goal is to make sure the client has implemented the necessary amount of security to protect themselves against several of the most commonly exploited attack vectors. CorpInfoTech understands what kind of business you run and what security dangers are unique to you.

Reach out to CorpInfoTech to discuss any cybersecurity needs.

CorpInfoTech (Corporate Information Technologies) provides small to mid-market organizations with expert I.T. services including compliance assessment, cybersecurity penetration tests, and comprehensive business continuity planning services. CorpInfoTech can help organizations, quantify, create, refine, and mitigate the risks presented by business threatening disasters in whatever form they may be disguised.

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