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The objective of a red team test is to obtain a realistic idea of the level of risk and vulnerabilities against your technology, people and physical assets.
Exploiting weaknesses in human nature rather than hardware and software. Social engineering tests human susceptibility to deceitful persuasion and manipulation through email phishing, phone and physical pretexting.
Real-life assessments to evaluate prevention, detection and response capabilities. Scenario-based testing, performed by Afriness's experienced ethical hackers, can help to validate the effectiveness of your organisation’s security capabilities and drive improvements to threat hunting, breach detection and incident response.

Identify vulnerabilities and validate security defenses utilizing independent expertise, experience and perspective to enhance your security posture, reduce your risk, facilitate compliance and improve your operational efficiency.


Gaining access to a segmented environment holding sensitive data

Taking control of an IoT device or a specialist piece of equipment

Compromising the account credentials of a company director

Obtaining physical access to a server room


Scenario-based testing helps to answer important questions such as:

How effective are security technologies at preventing, detecting and responding to threats?

Are there any network security blind spots that persistent attackers could exploit?

Are Blue Team security analysts able to shut down advanced and sophisticated attacks?

How good are security analysts at differentiating genuine incidents from false positives?

Are incident response plans in place to address threats and manage compromises?

Do in-house security teams have the know-how to remediate breaches?

What is red teaming?
Of all the available cybersecurity assessments, a simulated cyber-attack is as close as you can get to understanding how prepared your organisation is to defend against a skilled and persistent hacker.

The main differences between red teaming and penetration testing are depth and scope. Penetration testing is designed to identify and exploit as many vulnerabilities as possible over a short period of time, while red teaming is a deeper assessment conducted over a period of weeks and designed to test an organisation’s detection and response capabilities and achieve set objectives, such as data exfiltration.

A Red Team Operation from Afriness is designed to far exceed the remit of traditional security testing by rigorously challenging the effectiveness of technology, personnel and processes to detect and respond to a highly targeted attack conducted over an extended period of time.
Our Red Teaming methodology
Afriness Red Team Operations experts adopt a systematic approach to comprehensively test your organisation’s threat detection and response capabilities.

What is Scenario-based testing?
Scenario-based testing is commonly used to assess the ability of your organisation to prevent, detect and respond to threats. Unlike a Red Team Operation, which is designed to replicate a full-scale cyber-attack, a scenario-based test is a more focused type of assessment often constructed around a specific adversarial tactic. Regular scenario-based testing creates a culture of continuous improvement, ensuring that your security operations team is better prepared to act against current and emerging threats.
How long does it take to conduct a red teaming operation?
The duration of a Red Team Operation is dependent upon the scope and objective(s) of the exercise. A full end-to-end red team engagement is typically performed over one to two months however specific scenario-based operations with a narrower focus can be performed over 11-18 days. Shorter operations, such as those designed to simulate insider threats, are usually based on an assumed compromise.
Could a red team operation cause any damage or disruption?
Unlike genuine cyber-attacks, Red Team Operations are designed to be non-destructive and non-disruptive. By choosing a CREST accredited provider of ethical hacking services, you can be sure that all engagements will be carried out in line with pre-agreed rules of engagement and the highest technical, legal and ethical standards.
What is the difference between pen testing and red teaming?
A penetration testing is a focused form of cybersecurity assessment designed to identify and exploit as many vulnerabilities as possible over a short period of time, often just a few days. Penetration testing are often performed to assess specific areas such as networks and web applications.

A Red Team Operation is an extended form of engagement conducted over a period of weeks and designed to achieve a set objective such as data exfiltration, and in the process test an organisation’s detection and response capabilities. Unlike many forms of Penetration Testing, Red Team Operations are conducted to a black-box methodology in order to ensure that engagements accurately reflect the approach of genuine attackers.


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