Red Team exercise

Test physical, cyber, and social defences all at once

A Red Team exercise is a simulation of a multi-layered cyber-attack with the goal to gain access to a network, technical or physical assets, storage devices etc. by any means necessary. A Red Team exercise is significantly more sophisticated than a standard penetration test. It mimics the same process that a persistent hacker would follow to map out an organization’s infrastructure, and then test the physical, cyber, and social defences in a creative and combined approach. It also includes testing employees through several scripted social engineering and phishing tests with the goal of obtaining admin access. Want to know more? Chat with a security expert!


The Red Team exercise helps in improving your company’s security level by letting you experience a real-world data breach and to see how far a hacker might be able to get in the network without being detected. By assuming the role of a hacker, The Security Factory gives you a bigger picture of your company’s risk posture, security architecture and how prepared your IT team is when it comes to detecting and responding to a security threat (proactively).

Red Team vs. Penetration testing

The terms Red Team and penetration testing are often used interchangeably, but in fact they are two different things.

A penetration test, or pentest, is a security exercise, an analysis, where our ethical hackers simulate a series of attacks on your environment, application (web, mobile, or API) or network to find and list your vulnerabilities, their exploitability which attackers could take advantage of and their impact. Penetration testing is actually viewed as a subset of a Red Team exercise.

How a Red Team exercise is performed

During a Red Team exercise we will perform a thorough analysis of what the perimeter of your company looks like, both on a physical, cyber and social level first. Next, The Security Factory will use the obtained information in its analysis to try and penetrate the company boundary through the weakest path available.

Possible scenarios that might be executed during a Red Test exercise include:

  • Email and phone-based social engineering.Phising is used to obtain an employee’s credentials or to install our own custom malware on their computer. A bit of research on these individuals or organizations, helps to become a lot more convincing. This low hanging fruit is frequently the first in a chain of multi-layered cyber-attacks.
  • Physical facility exploitation. People have a natural tendency to avoid confrontation. Consequently, gaining access to a secure facility is often as easy as following someone through a door. If that doesn’t work, we try to physically enter the facility through social engineering. Once we get in, we hide a rogue device or try to exfiltrate confidential documents. This can then be used to attack the internal network from a remote position.
  • Network service exploitation.Exploiting unpatched or misconfigured network services can furnish an attacker with access to previously inaccessible networks or to sensitive information. Hackers will mostly leave a persistent back door on the off chance they need access later on.
  • Application layer exploitation.Web applications are mostly the first thing a hacker sees when looking at an organization’s network perimeter. Exploiting web application vulnerabilities can give hacker a solid footing from which to execute further attacks.
  • Compromising the Wi-Fi network. We try to compromise the Wi-Fi network from a car in the street using a long-range Wi-Fi antenna.

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Benefits for you as a company

A Red Team exercise is very useful to check how prepared your IT team is when it comes to detecting and responding to a security threat (proactively). Furthermore, a Red Team exercise helps you to:

  • Know about the gaps. Know about exploitable vulnerabilities that expose your data to potential attackers. Learn how hackers combine different weaknesses both small and big to carry on a potential attack.
  • Quantify Risk Factor. Identify vulnerabilities and understand what the most critical security issues are that can lead to a breach and mitigate them accordingly.
  • Upgrade security posture. a Red Team exercise provides greater visibility into your organizations weakness. Thus, giving you the chance to upgrade your security posture where needed.
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