Red and Blue Teaming by Hacken


About Red Teaming

The Red teaming term came from the military field and means a friendly attacking team, which evaluates the defense of digital infrastructure. It is performed by white hat hackers imitating the possible actions of malefactors. Such companies as Microsoft, IBM, and SAIC together with some governmental institutions perform regular red teaming in order to ensure that their data is safe.

How Red Team can intrude into the system

Firstly, red teaming is focused on collecting information about the target. Generally, they use conventional public tools such as social media networks (Google, LinkedIn, Facebook, etc.). As a result, much can be learned from the open sources. Based on this information the tool for further engagement is built. Then, active stage of the operation (exploitation) takes place. The intent is to simulate a real-world attack, using both commercial and self-developed tools. Report and remediation action plan are the main deliverables which are helping to close the security gaps.

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Difference between Penetration Testing and Red Teaming

Usually, penetration testing has a whitelist of resources that allow scanning of the systems. Also, there are time and interaction limitations. Penetration Testing is aimed to find as many configuration issues as possible in the time allotted to evaluate the security level of the system. The goal of the red teaming is NOT to find as many vulnerabilities as possible but to test the company’s detection and response capabilities. It tries to get in and access sensitive data as quietly as possible.

A red team doesn’t look for multiple vulnerabilities but for those which will help achieve malevolent goals.

Benefits of Red Teaming


Identify physical, hardware, software, and human vulnerabilities.

Obtain topical information about risks for your company.

Test your incident response capabilities.


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Blue Teaming

The Blue Teaming supposes an internal security protection against both red team and external attacks. Blue Teams perform analysis of information systems to test security level, disclose security flaws, and to ensure all security measures are effective. They have a vision on most recent security trends and how to respond to them. Blue Teaming is usually referred to as the countermeasure of Red Teaming.
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Red Teaming vs Blue Teaming

Based on the main goal of the Red Teaming, the Blue Team should detect any attempts to hack the system and stop the attack.

If the Red Team aims to evaluate detection and response capabilities by attacking, the Blue Team has to patch any uncovered vulnerability as soon as possible. True and entire purpose of the Red Team is to raise the effectiveness of the Blue Team.

The Red Team/Blue Team implementation also means regular experience and knowledge sharing for continuous improvement.

What does the Blue Team take care of?

Blue Teaming is responsible for protection of the network perimeter:

Network perimeter and traffic flow

OS and application security

Security incidents if the appear (incident response)

Remediation of vulnerabilities and security flaws found


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