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An Introduction to Penetration Testing – Part 3

Introduction

In Penetration Testing Part 2, we examined what the Red Team does in a Penetration Testing exercise.  This team is often viewed as the “bad guys” because they are trying to act like Cyber attackers in order to break down your lines of defenses.

In this blog, we examine the “good guys” – the Blue Team. This group of Penetration Testers tries to thwart off Cyber attacks launched by the Red Team.

The Blue Team

The overall, arching task of the Blue Team is to fight off the Cyber-attack that has been launched by the Red Team. Apart from this, the Blue Team has other specific responsibilities in the efforts to overcome the Cyber-attack. These are as follows:

1)     Preparedness:

The Blue Team will do everything possible in order to protect the business or corporation from any looming Cyber based threats. This will include testing of all the Security technologies that are in place in order to make sure that they are optimized to detect any sort of anomalies or outliers. As well as verifying the Incident Response and the Disaster Recovery plans are set in motion should a Cyber-attack actually occur; keeping all employees informed of the upcoming Cyber threat landscape.

2)     Identification:

Here, the Blue Team will make every effort to correctly identify any potential Cyber-attacks that are posed to the business or corporation.

3)     Containment:

If the organization is hit by a Cyber-attack, it will then become the responsibility of the Blue Team to contain the damage caused by the attack in this regard, one of the best tools that the Blue Team will have at hand is the Incident Response Plan.  By initiating at the time of the Cyber-attack, the members of the Incident Response Team will also be called into action in order to mitigate any losses from the Cyber-attack.

4)     Recovery:

In the unfortunate chance that the business or corporation has been breached by a Cyber-attack, it will also be one of the main responsibilities of the Blue Team to activate the Disaster Recovery plans in order to bring the entity back at a predefined level of operations before the incident occurred.  This should occur, at maximum, no more than one or two days after the Cyber-attack.  At this point, one of the main priorities of the Blue Team is to bring up many mission critical processes as possible during this short time span.

5)     Lessons Learned:

Obviously, once the damage from the Cyber-attack has been mitigated and the organization is up and running at near 100% operational levels, a Forensics Investigation Team will be called in to conduct an exhaustive study as to what happened and how the Cyber-attack could have been avoided.  It is also one of the responsibilities of the Blue Team to compile all of this into a report, as well as to formulate strategies as to how such types of incidents can be avoided in the future.

The Blue Team, during the Penetration Testing exercise(s) also assumes the following responsibilities:

1)     Operation System Hardening:

The Blue Team will further fortify the Operating Systems of all of the hardware that is being used at the business or corporation.  This will include primarily all of the servers, workstations, and wireless devices (securing both the Android and iOS). The goal here is to decrease the “surface of vulnerability” of all the Operating Systems that are currently being used.

2)     The Perimeter Defense:

The Blue Team will also ensure that all Firewalls, Network Intrusion Devices, Routers, Traffic Flow devices, Packet Filtering devices, etc. are all up and running, and operating at peak conditions. In order to further fend off any Cyber-attacks, the Blue Team typically uses tools such as Log Management and Analysis and Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) Technology.

Conclusions

Our next blog will examine the “Purple Team”.  This team is a combination of both the good guys and the bad.

48 thoughts on “Penetration Testing – Part 3

  1. Penetration testing is a great way companies can know the weaknesses of their security.. What better way to do than to hire the service Los Angeles MSP

  2. I never realized how penetration testing involves so many people with specific jobs focusing on different aspects of a company’s IT defensive wall. It really takes a very dedicated IT Support to be able to pull off such extensive and exhaustive testing.

  3. Thank you for the informative article! IT Service should have testing phases like these. It really helps their services a lot.

  4. This is just you stand out as the best Los Angeles MSP, your information is just what most companies need. Blue team can be very helpful all the way.

  5. It’s a long process that requires the professionals. Unless you contact any Los Angeles IT Support team, it might be hard to do it alone.

  6. A computer company that invests in doing a penetration test will in the long run be more secure than one that doesn’t. Thanks for the Part three of Penetration testing.

  7. IT Outsourcing is the best way to do a comprehensive penetration test. Doing it in-house may have some compromises.

  8. The Blue team in its role is essentially the opposite of the red team. There’s so much to consider during pen testing that IT consulting is very necessary before undertaking it.

  9. An IT support team that has both the red and the blue team is a great asset to a company. I can’t wait to learn about the purple team in part three!

  10. Part three of Penetration Testing and there’s still more parts to come. It must be a really complicated process. That’s why it’s best to trust such a process to a good Los Angeles MSP such as Be Structured.

  11. I like what the blue and red tea does, I think it’s important to prevent and attack what can be a possible risk of getting hacked or losing data.
    Los Angeles IT Services keeps doing a great job by creating this kind of strategies to help clients improve their security system.

  12. Learning so much already from this Los Angeles IT Consulting company. From red team to blue team and nect will be purple. It like getting a good informative guide for free

  13. Thanks for the follow up to the previous Los Angeles IT Services article regarding this, For me though, it is like they are doing beta testing on their systems and it is a good thing. For one you do not wanna push up poor quality service would you????

  14. I hope those that want to attack the red team will not hesitate to contact this Los Angeles IT Support company. This company is poised to give the very best of service.

  15. Renowned IT services can be much reliable with this particular method. Doing the offense amd defense will surely protect the computer company always.

  16. I can’t imagine any computer company being able to effectively do penetration testing on their own. They must enlist some outside help.

  17. The best way to conduct a penetration test is by IT outsourcing. An outsider will be more objective with the test.

  18. An IT consulting exercise can help an organization understand exactly what they are getting into before fully committing to a process as sensitive as penetration testing. I would recommend that for any business.

  19. AN IT support team with both a Red and a blue team are very vital for an effective penetration testing exercise. I am looking forward to learning about the purple team in part 4.

  20. Among the best Los Angeles MSP to handle Penetration Testing is Be Structured. Great going maintaining as the market leader in this field.

  21. Where is the the one discussing the BLUE TEAM??? I mean they are part of the whole IT Service as well right? What is that so called purple team for? Back up or plan B?

  22. You are not just a Los Angeles Computer Company but a power House of information. You have been sharing very vital information online.

  23. I eagerly await for part four where you’ll be discussing the Purple Team. This information is absolutely vital for any IT support team.

  24. A company that is able to do Penetration testing as an IT service must be competent and very professional. Be Structured immediately comes to mind.

  25. Any computer company that does an exhaustive IT consulting before undertaking penetration testing stands a good chance of getting the most out of the process. The variables to be considered in such a process are too many.

  26. It’s very difficult for a company to carry out penetration testing without IT outsourcing. The potential of things going wrong is too high if it is done in-house.

  27. A Los Angeles MSP like Be Structured will always handle issues as sensitive as pen testing with the care and professionalism it requires. Be Structured has been doing a very good job and I hope you continue with the same spirit.

  28. This is a neat inside look for a Los Angeles Computer Company. I mean think about it this is a good overview for us common people. With that said, I have new found respect for these people.

  29. IT Consulting is the best way to go.
    One is offered so much information and thus the best solution for their company is agreed upon based on various factors.

  30. The steps that the Blue team undertook is something that an IT Service can do. They are very thorough and noting the lesson learned, all possible events are recorded. This will be a good reference to further improvement of the system.

  31. Penetration testing as an IT service is becoming more and more popular. It’s good that companies are adopting such powerful techniques of bolstering their security.

  32. Every IT support team should be well trained in the methods of penetration testing. It’s an extremely handy skill to have.

  33. I can see penetration testing is a very long and complicated process. This is a process best done via IT outsourcing.

  34. I didn’t know there were so many teams involved in the pen testing for any given computer company. I am learning a lot from this penetration testing series of blogposts.

  35. I only trust Be Structured when it comes to issues as complicated as penetration testing. As the Best Los Angeles MSP surely they’re the best guys for the job!

  36. I love that the services offered by Be Structured can detect a threat before it even happens. This is a very intelligent IT Service in keeping online databases secure and safe from any cyber breach.

  37. I love the fact that it is like they are playing a video game the red team are the antagonist and the blue team are the heroes. I wonder where IT Consulting comes in all of this? Are they neutral? he he.

  38. The setup is fascinating. It’s like there’s a battle between the two teams but there’s still a IT Consulting between it.

  39. Go blue team! I love the idea of a Los Angeles IT Support system that exercises extensive test trials. I’m very excited to see what the purple team has to offer and its key functions for a online business forum. Thanks for sharing.

  40. A good IT support structure will always do penetration testing every now and then. This ensures that the network is always secure.

  41. Your article is very detailed on the penetration testing IT service. I have learned a lot of new things. Thank you for posting.

  42. Penetration testing to me is the most effective way for any computer company to probe its security infrastructure for pitfalls. Prevention is always way better than cure.

  43. My company has been looking to carry out a penetration testing for our network. I think we will do it by IT outsourcing to professionals like Be Structured.

  44. I can trust Be Structured to perform the best penetration testing for my company. You guys are the best Los Angeles MSP after all!

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