Securing your network by finding the vulnerabilities, like a hacker

Red Team testing as the name suggests is the assessment of the organisation network by trying to hack it. Red Team is the group of professionals responsible for emulating a genuinely malicious threat actor trying to break into the systems.

Real-world hackers don't follow any rules and methods, for exploiting the limitations of any testing programs. They will deploy any method to gain access, seek a point of entry for a successful breach. At times their passive attacks may exploit the organisations for a long time as they remain unnoticed.

A commonly employed method to breach an organisation's external security is combining social engineering and phishing. There are many ways to breach the first line of defense that depends on the human factor. Once the hackers get in they can steal sensitive data, deploy ransomware or exploit the organisation's resources.

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With the increasing size of the organisation, the attack surface also increases and the difficulty to secure and monitor all the endpoints and users. It may be assumed that penetration testing is a great method to secure services, but it often focuses on a specific asset and has a defined scope. 



Red Team Testing vs. Penetration Testing 


Red Team testing also known as Red Team Security Testing is often confused with penetration testing, but pen testing is only a part of red team assessment. Red team operations have broader objectives than penetration testing.


These assessments are designed to emulate a more real-world scenario, with detailed analysis and defensive strategies. It also includes evasion and persistence, privilege escalation, and exfiltration. The Red team will test the organisation's detection and response capabilities. 



How does Illume's Red Team work?


Our Red Team testing methodology covers methods to attempt real-time attacks on an organisation. We follow the ATT&CK Framework, which comprises of the knowledge base of adversary tactics, techniques, and procedures (TTP) based on real red and blue teams’ actual experiences.


The methodology has the following steps -


1. Reconnaissance - This includes Scanning of several areas of the environment to determine interconnecting vulnerabilities and exposure.


2. Payload & Delivery - It is the ability to deliver a malicious payload of malware, ransomware, and viruses across parts of the environment leveraging email, social media, and web content as a rogue delivery tool.


3. Exploitation - This helps in finding the most susceptible areas to the risks in the environment.


4. Installation - This is to locate the scope of adding rouge devices, including WIFI, servers, and Internet of Things devices, without being detected across several parts of the environment.


5. Command & Control - Locating the endpoints and servers which can receive rouge communication instructions from the hackers.


6. Actions on Objectives - setting objectives to find if the response capabilities and defence mechanisms are working as expected across the environment.


7. Post-Engagement Reporting - The post-engagement report will cover remediation recommendations, including improvements to existing adaptive control and response capabilities, security measures, and incident response protocols.



The Red Team security assessment is a powerful technique for identifying the security vulnerabilities of any organisation. It will expose vulnerabilities, hidden from the organisation and mitigate them. Our Red Team assessment will enhance your organisation's security by uncovering the potential vulnerabilities to level up your security as expected. 

Why Red Team Testing?

Risk Factor Assessment

Identification of the risk factors and categorization according to high and low-risk factors for mitigation

Better Security Controls

Knowing the risk factors about the environment and upgrading the security controls as required

Combat Ready

Well equipped with the protection and detection methods helping in better actions and decisions in case of crisis

Tracing Gaps

Identification of the vulnerabilities and weaknesses that can be exploited from the hacker’s point

Efficiency Checked

Checking the efficiency of the current system in responding to any security breach

What Illume Offers
  • 1. Complete report on the security vulnerabilities and weaknesses that can be exploited.
    2. Assessment is conducted using the best performing tool in the market.
    3. A more realistic view for the efficiency of the implanted security system.
    4. Suggesting the best possible mitigations for patching the vulnerabilities.
    5. Working side by side with the internal IT team to fix the flaws and ensure by retesting the system.

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Red Team testing involves simulating real-world cyberattacks to assess an organization's security posture comprehensively. Unlike traditional penetration testing, which focuses on specific vulnerabilities, Red Team testing adopts a holistic approach to identify and exploit weaknesses across people, processes, and technology.
The frequency of the Red Team Testing is estimated using various factors like the organization's industry, risk tolerance, regulatory requirements, and the evolving threat landscape. According to experts, it is recommended at least once a year. However, organisations with higher security risks or those operating in highly regulated industries may opt for frequent testing depending on requirements to ensure ongoing security resilience.
One can choose a Red Team Testing service provider on the following conditions -
1. Expertise and experience - Look for providers with a proven track record in conducting Red Team Testing engagements and relevant certifications or qualifications.
2. Reputation and references - Seek recommendations or references from trusted sources and review the provider's client testimonials to gauge their reputation and customer satisfaction.
3. Methodology and approach - How the testing is conducted. Methods, tools and techniques being used and ensure that they align with your organization's needs and objectives.
4. Knowledge of industry and compliance - Ensure the provider has adequate experience in your industry and is familiar with relevant compliance requirements to address specific industry-related risks and challenges.
5. Communication and reporting - How the service provider is communicating, if the reports are clear and of quality.
6. Flexibility and customization - Determine if the service provider can provide the customization for addressing the unique needs of your organisation.
7. Collaboration and post-assessment support - Confirm if the post-assessment support is provided to address identified vulnerabilities and enhance security.
The Red Team testing is usually wider in scope than the penetration testing. It leverages multiple testers into a single engagement, spanning multiple attack surfaces and attack methods, with multiple intrusion attempts over an extended duration.
The cost of the red team testing depends on certain factors like time and scale of the engagement, resources and availability, remediation and retesting etc.
The duration of the testing depends on the scope and objectives of the exercise. The complete testing is generally performed over one to two months however specific scenario-based operations with a narrower focus can be performed in 12- 15 days.
The primary objectives include evaluating the effectiveness of security controls and incident response capabilities, uncovering hidden vulnerabilities and blind spots, and providing actionable insights to improve overall security posture.
We conduct thorough threat intelligence analysis and risk assessment to tailor our testing approach to your organization's unique environment. This includes understanding your industry, regulatory requirements, technology stack, and potential adversaries.
We leverage a variety of tools and techniques, including open-source intelligence (OSINT) gathering, social engineering, vulnerability scanning, exploitation frameworks, custom malware, and post-exploitation frameworks.
Red Team testers typically require limited initial access to the organization's network or systems to simulate an external or internal attacker. Depending on the scope of the engagement, access may be expanded gradually as the test progresses.
We adhere to strict rules of engagement and ethical guidelines to ensure that testing activities do not disrupt normal business operations or cause harm to systems or data. Our goal is to simulate real-world attacks while minimizing risks to your organization.
Red Team testers simulate a wide range of scenarios, including phishing attacks, malware infiltration, privilege escalation, lateral movement within the network, data exfiltration, and scenario-based attacks tailored to your organization's specific risks and vulnerabilities.
We provide detailed reports that outline the methodology, findings, and recommendations based on the identified vulnerabilities and weaknesses. Reports include actionable insights, remediation strategies, and prioritized recommendations to improve security posture.
We offer post-engagement support, including assistance with remediation efforts, validation of security controls, and guidance on implementing recommended security enhancements. We also offer ongoing monitoring and testing services to help maintain and improve security over time.
We sign non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) with clients to ensure the confidentiality of sensitive information shared during engagements. Additionally, our testers undergo rigorous background checks, and we employ secure communication channels and encryption methods to protect data during testing.
We simulate realistic attack scenarios and assess how security controls and incident response processes perform under pressure. This includes testing detection and response capabilities, evaluating the effectiveness of monitoring and alerting systems, and assessing the coordination and communication of incident response teams.