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Red team assessment

Red team assessment

SKU: 5089
Format: Consultancy

Our red team assessment delivers a comprehensive evaluation of the current state of your infrastructure and business drivers, and your future security requirements so that your security team can take appropriate action in the event of an attack, rather than being overwhelmed. 

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IT Governance will conduct a thorough security assessment and provide actionable recommendations to improve your organisation’s security posture. Our red team assessments provide the greatest insight into your team’s readiness to face an attack. The scope of each engagement is tailored to your organisation's requirements and goals.

Our red team assessments can help your organisation remain competitive while securing its business interests by:

  • Simulating real attacks from a threat actor’s perspective – understanding how an attacker sees your organisation and attack surface;
  • Focusing on your critical assets – establishing clear targets based on their importance and value to your business; and
  • Testing your detection and response capability – a red team assessment will test your organisation’s broader processes and security controls

Attack scenarios can be crafted to emulate specific types of threat actor. We can use traditional and non-traditional techniques to test your resilience to intrusion, fraud, data extraction, internal threats, corporate espionage and physical attacks.

Your challenge

A red team assessment enables a more mission-oriented focus than traditional penetration testing. It can help you better understand how an adversary could gain access to both your environment and sensitive data.

While most organisations can benefit from a red team assessment, those that will benefit the most have a solid understanding of their risks, have implemented a functional vulnerability management programme and have a team in place to detect and deter threats.


Our red team assessments will help you:

  • Get a better understanding of how cyber attackers gain access to your environment, network and sensitive data;
  • Validate your organisation’s security posture and its important assets; and
  • Contextualise business process improvements by delivering more intelligence on the risks, their impact and remediation options.
Service offering

Our service offering

  • Scoping:

    Determine the objectives of the exercise and the rules of engagement with your organisation, including any operational rules. 
  • Intelligence gathering:

    The red team uses a variety of intelligence-gathering techniques to gather information from public sources related to your organisation. This data forms the basis for actionable intelligence used to determine appropriate attack scenarios for the exercise.
  • Attack planning:

    The red team analyses and evaluates a variety of attack scenarios to determine the optimal approach. The team might mimic a threat actor, copy common industry attacks or pursue an entirely bespoke attack vector.
  • Weaponisation:

    The red team develops mechanisms (such as documents and websites) that can host custom payloads to conduct a simulated attack. In this phase, we use a variety of commercial and open-source tools and frameworks.
  • Initial exploitation and establishing a beachhead:

    We implement an attack plan to penetrate your network. Upon successful exploitation, the red team establishes a presence in the host (implant) that covertly connects to the red team infrastructure over a secure protocol.
  • Command and control:

    The red team establishes a connection, and attempts to identify network devices, core client services and privilege escalation opportunities to secure maximum user/admin privilege rights on the compromised system.
  • Lateral movement:

    The red team attempts to identify pivot points to move laterally inside your network. By moving inside the network, the red team attempts to reach the objectives that you have defined.
    Objectives completion and exfiltration of data: The red team attempts to gain access to the systems that hold the target information defined by your organisation. Exfiltration of data is attempted over a secure channel to evaluate your security controls to detect and prevent loss of information.
  • Clean-up:

    We record the attack and which systems and tools are used or accounts created to achieve access. The red team restores any systems to their initial states. For tools and accounts that cannot be deleted for various reasons, the exact location is provided in the final report for removal by your information security or IT operations team.  
  • Reporting and debrief:

    We will provide a report of findings, which gives a detailed view of the critical, high-, medium- and low-priority risks, along with appropriate recommendations.

Service conditions

Travel and transportation costs related to work conducted at your premises will be billed separately.

Why IT Governance?

Why choose us?

  • Penetration tests should only be carried out by experienced consultants with the necessary technical skill set and qualifications. Our consultants have strong technical knowledge and a proven track record in finding security vulnerabilities, can carry out exploits in a safe manner and can advise on appropriate mitigation measures to ensure that your systems are secure.
  • Our CREST-certified penetration testing team will provide you with clarity, technical expertise and peace of mind knowing that your infrastructure has been reviewed by experienced testers in line with your business requirements.

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