Design & Implementation of a
Red Team Program
Advance Persistent Threat Missions (24x7x365) Annually
Annual Sustainment Costs
Average of Unique Vulnerabilities Identified Per Month
Offensive Security Missions per year
Total Time in Months to Design & Implement
The client requested assistance in taking their current Penetration Testing Program to the next level. A quick assessment of their Penetration Testing Program reveled many gaps in their People, Processes and Technologies. Recommendation was to transform their current Penetration Testing Program into a Red Team Program.
Context / Action
Once customer leadership approved the recommendation to transform their current Penetration Testing Program into a Red Team Program then we went to work. We Designed and Implemented a Red Team Program (People, Processes and Technologies) that was authorized and organized to emulate a potential adversary’s exploitation and attack capabilities against a targeted mission or capability. In DoD, in accordance with Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Directives, Red Teams operate to identify exposed information and vulnerabilities of the target’s security posture; support information assurance readiness; create a degraded, disrupted, or denied cyber environment; participate in evaluation of Computer Network Defense Service Providers (CNDSPs) and its subscribers; and provide Protect Services for CNDSPs.
Before we could take their program to the next level we had to build a solid foundation of a Penetration Testing program as the first phase. Being able to perform penetration testing well, lays out the building blocks for transformation into a Red Team.
In building this foundation, we outlined Tactics, Techniques and Procedures (TTPs) outlined from various industry frameworks Open Source Security Testing Methodology Manual (OSSTMM), Social Engineering, Wireless Hacking, Physical Penetration Testing, Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP), EC-Council’s Certified Ethical Hacker, Information Systems Security Assessment Framework (ISSAF), Penetration Testing Framework, NIST 800-115, Penetration Testing Execution Standard, PCI Penetration testing guide and others.
Once penetration testing people were aligned with the new processes and technologies then we reached out to the Army’s Computer Defense Assistance Program (CDAP), Army Regulation 380-53, to become Army Certified Penetration Testing organization. This certification allowed the customer to be recognized as an Army Penetration Testing organization responsible for a specific area of responsibility within the USA. Having a specific area of responsibility enabled the customer to offer their services at the Enterprise Level. Leveraging this new certification, the customer was able to offer their services to any Army or non-Army customer within their new area of responsibility.
In the next phase, we coordinated with external organization, NSA, to identify what was needed to achieve the NSA Cyber Red Team Certification and Accreditation. We morphed the client’s existing Penetration Testing TTPs to a Red Team TTP. This path allowed us to identify and adopt many Nation State and Hacker TTPs into our program and build out our Cyber Playbook.
A major gap identified with true Red Teaming is the ability to discover zero day vulnerabilities, develop tools and weaponize exploits. This advance capability was later designed and implemented into the customer’s program which revolutionized their Red Team. They later received accolades for being the first DoD organization to possess those advanced Red Team capabilities.
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