Gartner Research

Using Penetration Testing and Red Teams to Assess and Improve Security

Published: 18 April 2017

ID: G00327957

Analyst(s): Augusto Barros


Penetration tests and red teams are important processes for assessing and testing the effectiveness of security controls. This research describes those processes and how they can help technical professionals focused on security to improve the risk posture of their organizations.

Table Of Contents


  • Types of Security Assessments
    • Vulnerability Assessment
    • Penetration Test
    • Red Team
    • Which One to Use?
  • Penetration Tests Explained
    • Test Objective
    • Scope Definition
    • Rules of Engagement
    • Performing Penetration Tests
  • Red Teams
    • Red Team Operational Model
    • Purple Teams
  • Penetration Test Service Providers


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