Red Teaming is a type of security testing that involves simulating a real-world cyberattack on an organization. It is a comprehensive approach to security testing that goes beyond traditional vulnerability assessments or penetration testing. In a red team engagement, a team of ethical hackers, called the Red Team, attempts to breach an organization's defenses and gain access to sensitive data or systems.
The goal of a red team engagement is to identify vulnerabilities and weaknesses in an organization's security defenses, including policies, procedures, and technologies. This type of testing helps organizations identify areas where their security measures are inadequate and where improvements can be made to strengthen their defenses.
Red Team vs. Penetration Testing:
Red team engagements are often compared to penetration testing, but there are some important differences between the two approaches. Penetration testing typically involves a single tester or a small team attempting to identify vulnerabilities in an organization's defenses. The goal of penetration testing is to identify specific vulnerabilities and provide recommendations for remediation.
In contrast, red team engagements are more comprehensive and involve a larger team of testers with a broader scope of testing. Red team engagements attempt to replicate a real-world cyberattack by using multiple techniques to breach an organization's defenses. The goal is not only to identify specific vulnerabilities but also to identify weaknesses in an organization's overall security posture.