Red Team Security Operations

Simulated attacks enhance your information security program. NetSPI’s red team security operations will put your organization’s security controls, policies, response, and training to the test.

Our Red Team Security Operations

Our red team security operations will attempt to gain unauthorized access to your environment while avoiding detection and maintain access for a pre-determined period of time to test your incident response team’s ability to identify and respond to threats. Red team operations can help you more accurately assess threats to IT assets, benchmark current security capabilities, justify security investments, sharpen the skills of your team, and improve detective controls.

Common Red Team Operation Models
Assumed breach | Black box test

Test your organization’s ability to identify and respond to threats with NetSPI red team security operations

All organizations face the possibility of being targeted by organized, sophisticated, and determined attackers, so it’s imperative to learn everything you can to improve your organization’s security posture. NetSPI’s red team operations will leverage tactics, techniques, and procedures used by real-word attackers to help better understand exposures and your ability to response to threats.

During our red team security operations, NetSPI will work with the client to define rules of engagement and project objectives to ensure clear expectations are set and met.

The NetSPI Difference

NetSPI delivers industry-leading penetration testing expertise and a vulnerability management platform that makes penetration test results actionable.

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A collaborative team with experience and expertise produces the highest quality of work
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What to Know About Red Team Security Operations

Despite the large investments many companies have made in detective controls, they often struggle to detect tactics, techniques, and procedures used by real-world threat actors during sustained and sophisticated attack campaigns.



Red Team + Blue Team = Purple Team

How a red team can avoid detection

  • Do not perform large scanning operations.
  • Do not perform online dictionary attacks.
  • Do perform recon locally and on the network.
  • Do perform targeted attacks based on recon data. 
  • Do not use common attack tools, especially on disk. Use custom attack tools whenever possible.
  • Try to stay off memory and off disk when possible.
  • Blend in with your environment. Try to behave as a normal user or application.
  • Try to use native technologies to access the environment remotely without a C2. If C2 is required, use beaconing, tunneling, and side channels.
  • Do not change major configuration states.
  • Do not create accounts or modify group memberships.
  • Do attempt to understand employed EDR solutions and tailor attacks to avoid or bypass those controls.

How a blue team can detect less-skilled attackers

  • Create and maintain a security controls inventory to ensure there is an understanding of available data sources and preventative/detective capabilities.
  • Understand all the layers of your environment and define clear detective control boundaries.
  • Map out data and logging at each layer and identify indicators of access (IoA) and compromise (IoC).
  • Find detective control solutions or write your own tools. Canaries are especially effective and low cost.
  • Be creative. For example, many endpoint protection suites can detect common scanning activity in the absense of network-based IDS.
  • Audit for high-impact security events, including the most common IoAs and IoCs at each layer in your environment.
  • Work with your red team to test your controls. Red and blue teams should work together to understand attacks in depth.

Benefits of Adversarial Simulation

Achieve Compliance
Meet application security testing requirements from a third-party.

Improve Security
Learn how to strengthen your network security program.

Avoid Breaches
Discover your vulnerabilities and exposure, before a breach occurs.

Augment Your Team
Get a fresh set of eyes from penetration testing experts.

Pentesting Research and Tools

Learn about penetration testing on our blog, our open-source penetration testing toolsets for the infosec community, and our SQL injection wiki.

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