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Using Penetration Testing and Red Teams to Assess and Improve Security


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 security and risk management technical professionals to improve the risk posture of their organizations.

Published: 28 January 2020

ID: G00464714

Analyst(s): Augusto Barros

Table Of Contents


  • Types of Security Assessments
    • Vulnerability Assessment
    • Penetration Test
    • Red Team
    • Which One to Use?
    • What About Breach and Attack Simulation Tools?
  • 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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