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We collaborate with you to build a red team engagement that fits your organization by first knowing your challenges, requirements, and goals. In contrast to one-size-fits-all red team services, Shift Security provides a modular, “building block” approach to each red team engagement.

What are Red Teaming Engagements?

A red team engagement is a targeted adversarial activity that requires a holistic view of the enterprise from the adversary’s perspective. The needs of complex companies that manage a range of sensitive assets through technical, physical, or process-based means will be catered to by this evaluation approach. Red Teaming engagements are used to show how attackers can combine seemingly unrelated attacks to accomplish their objectives. It is a powerful technique to demonstrate that even the most advanced firewall in the world is useless if an attacker can take a hard disk that is not encrypted out of the data center. Instead of depending solely on a network application to safeguard sensitive data, it is preferable to employ a multifaceted defense strategy and consistently advance people, processes, and technology.

Example goals of Red Teaming Services

  • The company’s resistance to a cyber-terrorist attack.
  • Taking command of an IoT device or a piece of specialized equipment.
  • Gaining access to a segmented environment holding sensitive information.
  • Gaining physical access to a server room.
  • Gaining access to credentials of the company director via phishing, smashing, and vishing.


Customer goals are gathered and rules of engagement are obtained.


Perform scanning and enumeration to identify potential vulnerabilities.


Confirm potential vulnerabilities through exploitation.


Document found vulnerabilities and exploits, remediation.

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Organizations possessing robust external and internal security environments stand to gain an advantage from Red Team engagements. Additionally, organizations equipped with blue teams reap benefits from Red Team appraisal engagements due to the enhanced experiential acuity it provides in identifying and addressing sophisticated threat actors who have surreptitiously breached the security parameters of the said environment.

Red Teaming is an approach that focuses on infiltrating a given environment while emphasizing stealth and discretion. The Red Team may also have specific objectives to accomplish during the course of their mission. Penetration tests are extensive evaluations of vulnerabilities in order to identify those that may pose a threat to the organization’s internal or external network assets.

The terminology ‘Red Team’ is deeply entrenched in the annals of military strategy and simulations where a mock combat scenario is enacted to test various strategies and predict potential outcomes. In this context, the Red Team embodies the enemy and its arsenal, tactics, and procedures. In the present times, Red Teams are constituted of cybersecurity professionals who simulate the role of adversaries to scrutinize a company’s security infrastructure and assess its vulnerability to potential cyber-attacks.

The length of a Red Team Operation is determined by its range and goals. Typically, a comprehensive red team engagement, from start to finish, takes about one to two months. However, more focused scenario-based operations can be carried out in a shorter span of 11-18 days. The length of shorter operations, which aim to mimic insider threats, is usually based on the assumption of a breach.

Penetration testing is a concentrated effort to discover and exploit as many vulnerabilities as possible within a brief timeframe, typically only a few days. Penetration tests frequently evaluate specific areas such as networks and web applications.

Red Team Operation is a more extensive engagement that takes several weeks to complete and has a predetermined objective, such as data exfiltration. These operations are designed to test an organization’s detection and response capabilities. Unlike many types of penetration testing, Red Team Operations employ a black-box methodology to accurately reflect the methods of genuine attackers.

Hiring a Red Team involves assessing numerous elements that contribute to determining an overall cost. Amongst these aspects are the time frame allocated for engagement, manpower allocation for handling projects at different scales along with the extent of access permitted as well as setting measurable goals accompanied by bringing all applicable assets under scope.

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