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Red Team: The Nisos Way

Jan 9, 2020 9:48:00 AM

A Nisos Red Team simulates the full breadth of a sophisticated attacker, using the tactics, techniques and procedures employed by malicious actors. Our Red Team exercises are tailored to the needs of our individual clients. You need and deserve more than an automated report.

Red Team engagements test an organization’s prevention, detection and response capabilities. A Red Team will attempt to covertly exploit and breach a system using the same tactics and procedures routinely found in real-world scenarios. This attack simulates the tools used by persistent adversaries conducting sustained campaigns and tests an organizations’ ability to stop attacks once they’ve been detected.

A Red Team engagement is comprehensive and helps quantify the risk of an incident. Many organizations and businesses are unaware of the data that is accessible if a breach occurs. The security teams may be able to detect an attack, possibly even while it’s happening, but not be capable of responding effectively once a breach has occurred.

Our Red Teams facilitate asking additional questions, sometimes overlooked by internal security teams.

  • What alerts were missed during the simulation?
  • What attack surfaces were exploited which were unknown previously?
  • Are there gaps in security software coverage?
  • Are there policies preventing good security practices?
  • Are internal business dynamics exposing an organization to unknown risks?

Generally, attacks succeed due to a combination of factors in which malicious attackers exploited human vulnerabilities, such as:

  • leaving passwords in unencrypted files
  • remaining logged in to workstations
  • legacy or orphaned network assets forgotten
  • misconfigurations in implementations: unpatched software, firewall misconfigurations, segmentation of administrative access
  • lack of auditing of administrative accounts
  • shared privileged accounts

This is where Nisos Red Team assessments truly show their value; exposing small gaps, oversights and inconsistencies that are all a malicious actor needs to find and compromise to cause catastrophe.

Our experts operate with an unmatched level of creativity and ability to simulate the threats most germane to you – allowing us to illustrate the different approaches that can leave your data – and thus your reputation – vulnerable.

Nisos provides top companies, most in the Fortune 500, with protection against malicious attackers through unique advanced solutions. Other companies offer penetration testing, and there are many that are fairly adept at tradecraft but none of them offer the full range of capabilities or scope that a Nisos Red Team attack simulation provides.

We Help You Tell the Story

For this exercise to be impactful and actionable, it’s essential to convey a concise summary to executives beyond the security apparatus.

Our reports will tell if we’ve had a difficult time accessing your systems and how that reflects well on your Blue Team. Or if we’ve easily worked our way through and owned the entire network within a matter of hours, we’ll help you map out the resources necessary to remediate and tailor our recommendations accordingly.

Reports are a common security service outcome but when you engage a Nisos Red Team activity, you’ll receive a clear report and roadmap that you can look back on and understand how events unfolded, step-by-step, so you can make better plans, and solve problems accurately and quickly. Our teams are not only experts in adversarial tactics but defensive experts with deep knowledge of various environments and techniques. Our level of experience ensures the results and analysis you receive are comprehensive, impactful and realistic in your resource constraints.

To be clear, we're not just running an automated tool or using open source vulnerabilities in Metasploit and then just taking the output of “known vulnerabilities” and throwing that in a report. We provide a detailed examination of your environment - and give you a play-by-play of how we compromised your security and how to prevent it from happening again.

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Written by Debra Richardson

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