There are robbers lurking right outside your door, waiting for the perfect moment to break into your home and rifle through your most precious belongings.
Seem scary? It’s reality. Cyber threat actors surround us, and they aren’t just trying to break into your organization’s networks—they’re trying to steal your most valuable possessions.
Luckily, you can take steps to prevent a catastrophic break-in by—perhaps paradoxically—breaking into your own house first. Red teaming lets you think like the enemy, approaching your own networks as if you were a malicious actor searching for hidden vulnerabilities.
Red teaming is not basic penetration testing on low-hanging fruit, like your organization’s websites or servers. Instead, red teaming is a method of assessing the state of your organization’s cybersecurity efforts from the perspective of an adversary, one with malicious intent targeting your people, processes, and technologies. At Booz Allen, our teams of experts use red teaming to defend clients’ networks and businesses from cyber threats.
What Is Red Teaming?
Red teaming involves identifying and developing your organization’s priority intelligence requirements (PIRs), the elements that are most important in keeping your organization running. Identifying these elements allows you to assess the types of cyber threat actors that are most likely to target your organization—and to understand the types of tactics, techniques, and procedures (TTPs) they could deploy that would be most damaging to your security posture.
Naming and applying these PIRs will help you discover your organization’s intelligence gaps and uncover solutions that can fill those gaps. If your organization’s point-of-sale terminals shut down, for example, or your shipping warehouse’s sortation services platform goes offline, it will cause mass disruption, resulting in loss of sales, late shipments, or worse. These “crown jewels” are the most valuable to a potential enemy, and are therefore the most vulnerable to attack.