By AMSAT Nov 06,2020
What is the Difference between Red Team VS Blue Team
You must have seen the terms ‘Blue Team’ and ‘Red Team’ frequently used in cyber security, ever wondered what does it mean and what’s the difference between the two?
Well, these terms made their ways to cyber security from the old days in the military when the term, ‘Red Team’, was used for a group who were trained in attacking the enemies while ‘Blue Team’ was associated with the group who used their techniques to defend. When it comes to cyber security, the purpose behind frequent use of these terms is much similar.
As more data is getting digitized, the need of having strong cyber security is the dire need of the time. To ensure this high-end protects, there have been many new regulations and penalties enforce, therefore every organization must strengthen its cybersecurity to eliminate the risk of getting entangled in this snare and protect its data.
Easily said than done as it’s not always easy to make wonders happen for your company especially when we are talking about cybersecurity, it’s a little difficult to get 100% surety. However, there are a few techniques that make the work a little easier, such as dividing red and blue teams. Many organizations use this tactic for their cybersecurity. Let’s dig into the details of how the Red team and Blue teamwork and their impact on cybersecurity.
The importance of cybersecurity
Why should security figure at the top of every organization’s top priority list? Why should senior management of every small and large organization be concerned about cybersecurity?
The answer: The digital world in which business is conducted is susceptible and prone to being attacked. Digitization brings with it boundless opportunities for innovation. It still has a long way to go before becoming a fully protected system that is set to control and regulate itself. Decision-makers ought to ensure that all systems in their company abide by the latest high-security protocols. Employees, particularly not so tech-savvy, must also be competent in basic cyber-security etiquettes. For example, everyone needs to know how to recognize a phishing email and how to isolate it, while informing the proper authority, both internal and external.
Without the right security strategy, you might be in for an irreparable damage for your organization. Even with the sturdiest controls in place, an organization would do well to bank on those controls to be tested. Threat attackers know how to find weak spots and take advantage of them, opening holes up that bring down robust systems. The solution lies in being offensive rather than defensive, and practicing the essential security tasks that will keep most of the threats at bay.
· Red team:
Just as in the military, a red team in cybersecurity is on the field to attack the loopholes that can be used to breach the company’s data with the help of all the necessary attacking techniques.
Red teams in cybersecurity are designated to test multiple systems and evaluate their programs to understand their incorporated security levels. The prime function of these teams is to track down the weak points in security that are at high risk of getting breached. These teams are also responsible for not only stopping such mishaps to take place by turning these vulnerable points into strong ones.
Many organizations hire professionals outside the organization who have adequate knowledge of breaking into other’s data through backdoors. Organizations do that because an outsider would not know their defense mechanisms and their security would not be at stake.
The common practices utilized by the red teams are phishing employees, impersonating them to get admin access. They tend to find out all the tactics, and backdoors an attacker would use to breach data.
Red teams are very beneficial for the companies as they provide a better comprehension of the possible ways through which the company’s data can be accessed and misused. Red Teams also give an insight into the ways of preventing the upcoming threats of data exploitation. All of these things help a company ensuring high levels of security by stimulating its defense mechanism.
· Blue team:
The functionality of the blue teams seems much similar to that of the red team as it also watches over the cybersecurity and looks out for any problem arising there however, the thing that differs both the teams is that a red team targets the attacks on network security while a blue team tries to find out the possible ways of preventing such a malicious attack. Blue teams do that by alternating the company’s defense mechanisms so that the security structure is strong enough to give a timely response to these attacks and flounder them.
Similarly, a blue team should have excellent experience and adequate knowledge of encountering these attacks on network security as it helps in coming up with practical ways of strategizing the responses of future attacks. A blue team keeps working continuously to make the cybersecurity of a company even stronger with the help of multiple software such as, IDS (Intrusion Detection System) that keeps them updated about any suspicious activity around the company’s data. Blue teams also work on the following steps, to ensure the cybersecurity:
- Analysis of Log and memory
- Analysis of Risk intelligence data
- Analysis of Digital footprint
- DDoS testing
- Developing risk scenarios
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