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What is Purple Teaming and How can it Strengthen Your Security?

 ‘Who watches the watchmen?’

To answer that question, we look towards the purple team, utilising the red and blue team whilst combining their individual skillsets leaves you with the purple team. But what is a purple team, what does it mean for your organisation and what does it look like? This collaboration of separate red and blue teams aims to create a common goal to reduce the risks faced by businesses.

In this article we will explore what a red and blue teams are, what a collaborative approach looks like, and how it can benefit your business. 

What is a Red Team?

A red team is the name given to the ‘offensive’ team, tasked with using real-life adversarial techniques to help organisations identify and address vulnerabilities across infrastructure, systems, and applications, as well as weaknesses in processes and human behaviour. Typically, these will be the penetration testers within the organisation. 

What is a Blue Team? 

A blue team is the name given to the ‘defensive’ team, typically based in the Security Operations Centre, a group of analysts and engineers responsible for defending organisations from cyber-attacks through a combination of threat prevention, detection, and response.

What Does a Joint Approach Look Like? 

Both red and blue teams help organisations to combat cyber threats. They carry out different roles which often creates a divide, but what happens when you bring the two teams together?

The Purple Team

Working together allows organisations to leverage the insight from both teams to develop security improvement plans and formulate strategies. Having the two teams work closely together helps to maximise security capabilities through continuous feedback, stimulates the transfer of knowledge.

Purple teaming allows Red and Blue teams to effectively stimulate an attack scenario and provide first hand feedback, drawing in both skillsets and highlighting flaws. As the red team stage an attack on an organisation, the blue team can monitor and attempt to block their efforts. Similarly the red team can flag any of their activities that were picked up by the blue team exposing vulnerabilities from both sides.

Purple teaming does not intend to create a whole new entity within your organisation but have the two distinct teams work together. 

What are the Benefits of Purple Teaming?

Enhances knowledge: Having both teams work together provides the opportunity to observe and understand. How does the attacker operate? What should the attacker be looking to avoid? 

Boost performance: Combining the two teams allows for an organisation to strengthen their approach to security at a lower cost 

Streamlines security approaches: Having both teams work together creates a collaborative approach which helps to streamline an organisations approach to security. A 360 picture is better than a 180, isn’t it? 

Creates insight: purple teaming gives you an insight into your overall security posture and highlights any gaps within the organisation, providing the opportunity to enhance your security before a problem arises.

What does this mean for your organisation? 

Having a company like CyberCrowd effectively use a purple team approach within your organisation gives you all the same benefits as it does us. We can effectively monitor and track the vulnerabilities whilst streamlining our approach to your security. We can give you the full picture of your organisation, putting you in an even better place to enhance your security posture. 

One thing to remember is that purple teaming is the most effective when you are further through your security transformation. If you are looking at starting you journey today or are already on the road and curious if purple teaming is right for you, contact us today.