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 allows the organisation to evaluate their security posture and resilience against sophisticated cyber attacks. It can easily identify vulnerabilities and weaknesses that may go undetected through traditional security assessments. By simulating real-world attack scenarios, organizations can proactively identify and address security gaps to improve their overall security defences.
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.