If you’re a penetration tester, you know that for any test or phishing campaign, you begin with setting up your infrastructure with a domain name and redirectors. You might also know that this step is straightforward, and many have created walkthroughs on different ways to architect and automate infrastructure deployments.
If you’ve decided to undergo a red team assessment and engaged Schellman to perform it, you may be wondering what the next steps entail—as in, how will the next stages of the process work and what should you expect?
When a software production company requests a security assessment of its Continuous Integration (CI) and Continuous Delivery (CD) pipeline, they usually want an evaluation of the strength of its existing security measures and identification of potential security risks associated with the different components involved in storing, updating, building, and deploying their application.
Penetration testing and red team assessments are often conflated or confused—though they’re both advantageous cybersecurity solutions, there are distinct differences between them that any organization considering either should know. Just to be clear, a penetration test is not a red team assessment.
The Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) is a set of security standards designed to protect cardholder data. One of the key (and almost always applicable) requirements of PCI DSS is that organizations must perform internal and external penetration testing for the entire scoped environment—this not only applies to systems that store, process, or transmit cardholder data, but also those that can impact the security of cardholder data.
Red teaming is a proactive approach to cybersecurity, where a group of ethical hackers simulates real-world attacks on an organization's systems to identify vulnerabilities and test its defenses. This process helps organizations improve their security posture by revealing weaknesses before malicious actors can exploit them.
As cybersecurity practices go, you have a lot of options, with penetration testing being just one of them. However, a penetration test has more value than many may initially recognize—in addition to how they serve your compliance initiatives.
Some might say a good decision is based on knowledge and not on numbers.