Targeted Assessments for Mature Security Teams. While traditional penetration tests are a great way to find inherent security weaknesses in a system within a predetermined scope, nothing tests your security better than an advanced, highly-targeted red team engagement. These engagements are sophisticated simulations of advanced, multi-vector cyber-attacks with the sole purpose of breaching your security and compromising specific targets or flags
Why are Red Team Engagements Important?
Red team engagements are simulated cyber-attacks that use whatever means necessary to breach your security and compromise predetermined targets or assets, usually referred to as flags. These are the most realistic simulations of cyber-attacks and are a very important activity for organizations. Being extremely comprehensive, these complex security assessments are especially useful to test the efficacy of systems protecting very sensitive data.
Red team engagements don’t work like traditional penetration tests with a very specific and narrow focus. Red Team Assessment Service is meant to find the weakest link in your cyber security chain and exploit it to compromise the targeted asset
Red Team Assessment provides an accurate overview of an organization’s current security state and facilitates planning future security initiatives. They are the epitome of security tests because they simulate a real-world attack with the sole objective of compromising the predetermined asset.
With an experienced team of offensive security engineers that specializes in red team assessments, Di8it is one of the best InfoSec companies with the expertise and tools to thoroughly evaluate your system. Our team works through your network, applications, IoT devices, and even personnel, and also tests the effectiveness of your monitoring and incident response capabilities.
Structured Red Team Methodology
- Define Scope
- Information Gathering
- Mapping and Planning of Attack
- Executing Attack and Penetration
- Reporting and Documentation
For red team engagements, defining the scope is more about determining what areas to exclude from the assessment. This process is consists of the following steps:
- Compile a list of goals or flags to compromise or capture
- Establish a definitive set of rules of engagement specifying what is allowed, such as on-site social engineering
- Determine exclusions from the attack, such as specific applications, personnel, or IP addresses
- Set the official testing period
- Acquire a letter of authorization for all on-site activities
We use several OSINT resources to gather data and intelligence on the target to develop a plan of attack. The information we collect in this stage is critical and its accuracy determines how well the attack is planned. The information we try to acquire during the reconnaissance include:
- External network IP range, hosting providers, and open ports or services
- Web and mobile applications, along with associated APIs
- Personnel identities, email addresses, phone numbers, and social media activities
- Previously breached credentials and other information sources
- The IoT and embedded systems the organization uses
In this phase, we use the intelligence we’ve gathered to map our strategy and plan the actual attack. The strategies and plans vary widely from organization to organization and are heavily dependent on several variables, but some of the steps we follow to prep for the actual attack are:
- Identifying subdomains, hidden environments, and prepping applications
- Analyzing cloud services for misconfigurations
- Checking authentication forms for weak credentials
- Identifying known vulnerabilities in network and web applications
- Mapping any identified vulnerabilities for potential manual attack-vectors
- Crafting social-engineering pretext scenarios
Once we’ve finalized the attack plan, we execute and begin systematically taking down the organization’s security checkpoints, compromising targets, and capturing flags as we go. The penetration may include:
- Attacking services through previously mapped vulnerabilities
- Compromising testing systems and sandboxes
- Accessing servers using breached credentials or brute-forcing our way in
- Targeting personnel using various social engineering techniques
- Combining attack vectors such as exploiting client-side vulnerabilities via phishing emails
Proper reporting and documentation of findings are crucial for any assessment. Di8it follows strict documentation standards and offers a customized, highly detailed report that outlines the scope of the engagement, how the attack was planned and executed, and the vulnerabilities discovered. We also provide remediation suggestions and steps to help bolster your security and plug in the holes.
Integrate with other Assessments
While we offer Network Penetration Testing Services to our clients as a standalone assessment, it is highly recommended to combine it with Di8it offensive Security Services for optimal threat intelligence.