Purple Teams

Purple Team engagements merge the Red Team and Blue Team to simulate TTPs from known threat actors to implement or improve your organisation's cybersecurity posture.

You’ll never know your organisation’s true capacity to respond to an event until it's put to the test through Purple Teaming simulated attack scenarios.


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What is Purple Teaming?

Why does purple teaming matter to your organisation?

How can Tesserent help?

What is Purple Teaming?

Understanding your adversaries is a critical element of your cybersecurity strategy. In order to do that, you need to understand the tactics, techniques and procedures (TTPs) they use to overcome your defences and search for vulnerabilities. A purple team leverages intelligence about the TTPs used by threat actors to build a test plan that enables an organisation to conduct deep and thorough cyber attack simulations that mimic real world scenarios.

Blue teaming vs Red teaming

Purple teaming is a merger of red teams that are typically engaged to conduct simulated attacks, and blue teams that try to repel the red team’s attack. Usually, when doing a purple team exercise (red teaming vs blue teaming), the designers of the activity simulate the threat actor based on information provided by threat intelligence teams. The defensive, or blue team, can then tailor its defensive tactics. This is different to a red team exercise where the defensive team is rarely aware that a simulated attack is taking place. The red and blue teams work alongside each other.

A purple teams engagement is a powerful tool to check the detection and response in place, as well as to identify blind spots and solve them at execution and testing time.


Why does red teaming matter to your organisation?

Purple teaming is a powerful tool for educating your cybersecurity response teams in how threat actors operate so your incident response team can ensure their actions stop the attack, limit the damage and enable your organisation to get back to normal operations as soon as possible.

What happens during Purple Team simulation?

During a purple team exercise, your threat response team will build a heightened understanding of how cyber criminals operate and have an opportunity to test your incident response systems and procedures to ensure they are ready for the TTPs used today. An effective purple team uses the most recent threat intelligence, gathered by experts, in order to ensure your organisation is ready to combat today’s attackers.


How can Tesserent help?

Tesserent’s highly skilled purple team experts can independently assess your detection and response systems and confirm how secure important information and system assets really are. A purple team will help you identify blind spots in your security posture, and create improved processes and procedures to mitigate risk.

A purple team exercise concentrates on real risks and threats your organisation faces and designs scenarios so your incident response team can verify what works and how their processes and procedures can be improved. Tesserent’s team of advisors can guide you through the purple team exercises from scoping all the way through to execution and, crucially, ensuring you learn from the exercise and bolster your ability to detect and respond to new emerging threats.

By working with your cybersecurity team, a Tesserent purple team engagement, will give your organisation a detailed understanding of how a threat actor is likely to attack you, your current ability to repel the attack and actionable advice to ensure the ongoing protection of your information and system assets.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Purple teaming?

Purple Team engagements merge the Red Team and Blue Team to simulate TTPs from known threat actors to implement or improve your organisation's cybersecurity posture. Usually, when doing a Purple Team exercise, the parts involved in the simulation select the threat actor based on information provided by Threat Intelligence teams. This is intended to tailor the defensive teams regarding threats targeting your organisation's industry and other demographics.

As an outcome, a Purple Team engagement is the best tool to check the detection and response in place, as well as to identify blind spots and solve them at execution/testing time.

What happens during a Purple Team exercise?

During a purple team exercise, your threat response team will build a heightened understanding of how cyber criminals operate and have an opportunity to test your incident response systems and procedures to ensure they are ready for the TTPs used today. An effective purple team uses the most recent threat intelligence, gathered by experts, in order to ensure your organisation is ready to combat today’s attackers.

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