Purple Team

A combination of the Red team (external) and Blue team (internal) sharing information about their resources, reporting, and knowledge for continual defense improvements.

Overview

Purple Team consists of the Red team and Blue team working together to simulate malicious attacks and learning from each other along the way.

In a Red team exercise, a group of ethical hackers uses real-world cyber attacks to exploit an organization’s people, technology, and processes. The red team uses one or multiple techniques, including penetration testing, social engineering, or other custom software and tools. The blue team, unaware of any impending attack, works to defend the organization’s networks, relying on data analysis, threat detection, and risk assessments.  

Red team vs. blue team scenarios have a long history with military origins. A more recent approach, called purple teaming, takes members from both teams to communicate and collaborate to improve your organization’s overall security posture.

Key Benefits

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Foster Collaboration

Communication between the Red and Blue teams maximizes insight into identifying vulnerabilities and helping ensure system security

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Improve Threat Detection

Learn to detect threats to help close the gap between attacks and the time it takes to implement your cyber defense.

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Security Skills in Real-Time

Cybersecurity is an organization-wide responsibility that relies on the vigilance of personnel outside of just the security team.

Having a partner that is actively monitoring our systems, trends, local and global threats not only saves the Virtua IT Security team time, but provides us with the ability to proactively look at potential threats to plan accordingly. The partnership with CynergisTek has allowed us to focus on compliance, developing risk programs, policy and procedures leading to a culture focused on making us more secure.

Tom Gordon

CIO, Virtua

Security has become a necessary and critical strategic pillar for our organization, and it is too broad and complex for a provider organization to keep up with on their own. Having a partner like CynergisTek with depth and breadth of knowledge and expertise is a crucial asset for our organization. I can’t imagine navigating these issues without them.

John Mangona

Vice President, Chief Information & Compliance Officer, Saratoga Hospital

CynergisTek’s social engineering and phishing service was an excellent training tool for our organization. A third-party assessment of how our policies and procedures would stack up against a real threat was eye-opening and provided us with valuable information we can leverage to continue to enhance our security posture.

Joe Egan
Director of Information Security, Valley Children’s Hospital

Outcome

Encourage employees to think outside the box and establish ongoing communication channels with a collaborative culture that promotes continuous improvements to your cybersecurity posture.

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