Evaluate the ability of your organization’s security defences in detecting, preventing, and responding to the real-world threat actors.
In Information Security, Red and Blue teaming are proven concepts that are effective in detecting, preventing, and responding to real-life cybersecurity challenges across industries. However, the emerging threats that are more potent and effective in avoiding detection need a comprehensive and collaborative approach. The need of the hour is to innovate, collaborate, and adapt in order to stop the threat actors from gaining access to critical information stealthily. The cybersecurity teams working in an organization should work together in what is known as Purple Teaming to maximize their effectiveness, efficiency, and threat detection ability. The core objective of our purple teaming organization is to facilitate cooperation and collaboration between red and blue teams for delivering greater security assurance in a real-world scenario.
Offensive Shield has been at the forefront of applying appropriate cybersecurity measures for organizations to validate their cybersecurity framework and offer quantifiable evidence to support their efforts. Our Purple teaming exercise aims at strengthening your security systems by offering realistic and tailor-made solutions.
Purple testing is a process of ensuring comprehensive and effective cybersecurity measures for organizations by letting the Red and Blue teams work together. The resultant synergy can be used to maximize the security capabilities of organizations through a continuous feedback loop and transfer of knowledge. Earlier, organizations used to run penetration testing with two teams working at odds with each other. The Red team attacked the system stealthily to access its critical assets and offered feedback at the end while the blue team worked at defending the system while the attack was in progress.
In Purple Teaming, the attack vectors and defensive methods are pre-determined and both teams work together in identifying the controls and seeking ways to attack them and simultaneously determining ways to improve their capabilities. Here, both teams work to test the controls by simulating attacks, which any real-world threat actors are likely to use. Thus, the tests adopt a more active approach rather than being passive. The Red and Blue teams do not compete against each other to outwit but collaborate to apply the most likely threat scenario and analyze the security controls to mitigate threats.
If the Red team conducts assessments mimicking the threat actors and the processes, tactics, and techniques used by them, the Blue team understands these and builds/improves the detection and response capabilities of the framework. Purple teaming enables a scenario for both the teams to work together and come up with a threat-response methodology that is more aligned to the real-world scenario.
The Purple Teaming exercise combines the strengths and approaches of both the Red and Blue teams to help organizations in the following ways:
Enables your security architecture to improve the detection of breaches or attack vectors, and enhances the response mechanism of the architecture at the same time.
Identifies gaps or vulnerabilities surrounding your security controls and recommends smart countermeasures to address them.
Prepares your security architecture to face all real-world threats without undermining the risk scenario facing your business.
At Offensive Shield, our experts work with your leadership team in understanding and analyzing the threat scenario specific to your organization and industry domain. The processes we follow in executing Purple Teaming are mentioned below:
For maximum effectiveness, we collect information about your operating environment, threat response capability, and network architecture, among others.
Our experts collaborate with your team to map the threat actors that are specific to your industry as well as the set of cybersecurity techniques and tactics that are based on risks and helpful for your organization. The strategy to select the mapping process is flexible and may combine using offensive techniques with a specific theme or a strong baseline having a balanced exercise. We proceed by cross-referencing the threat information with your system’s data to understand and analyze the real threat vectors that are likely to attack your organization. This enables us to identify and anticipate the attack vectors and the associated offensive scenario.
Post threat mapping, the Red team executes the offensive techniques in a transparent way and let your team know about the modus operandi of hackers comprising enumeration, exfiltration, lateral movement, and exploitation, among others. The Red team remains a source of knowledge about the offensive strategies that hackers are likely to utilize.
Every technique used by the Red and Blue teams is monitored to understand its impact. In case a technique is successful, we analyze the outcomes to understand its impact and stress on other mitigating factors. Impact analysis ensures correct decision making and prioritizes the techniques to be applied for mitigating threats.
Alongside the Red team’s execution of offensive strategies, the Blue team monitors the systems and logs to understand the capability of a technique in preventing or detecting threats. In case, the present capabilities of your organization fall short, the experts at Offensive Shield help to build new capabilities. During the detection process, the Blue team remains a repository of knowledge about various defensive strategies that can be effective in preventing the real-world threat actors.
Once Purple team testing is over, we present a comprehensive report to your leadership team apprising it of the detailed threat map, techniques used, the status of execution, and analysis of both Red and Blue teams. We provide you with a detailed guide to enhance the capabilities of your system architecture.
As an experienced, trustworthy, result-oriented, and cost-effective provider of cybersecurity testing and mitigation services, Offensive Shield possesses the expertise of the latest security tools and techniques. We are a reputable company that can help your organization identify the threat actors that are specific to your domain, reveal the vulnerabilities of your systems, and recommend suitable and threat-specific countermeasures to mitigate them.