Cybersecurity attacks have become more frequent, severe, and sophisticated. A proactive cyber threat program is the only way to keep up in an asymmetric fight. With an effective purple teaming program—having offensive experts (red team) simulating adversaries in-network, and defensive experts (blue team) measuring and improving prevention, detection, and response—organizations can get and stay ahead of the threat.
This paper outlines the strategic importance of refocusing efforts on threat anticipation and prevention rather than recovery and response. With incentives between red and blue teams aligned and communications cycles shortened, purple teams can quickly move forward together to improve their defensive postures.