Red Teaming

The Red Team simulates a multi-stage attack and focuses on your company's digital assets. The procedure is a targeted attack against the corporation network, which lets our cyber security consultants check the effectiveness of technical, physical, and organizational security measures. The aim is to sustainably strengthen the resilience of companies against cyber-attacks.


Why do a red team test?

By doing red team testing, you can effectively measure your organization's detection and response capabilities. This type of testing enables the identification of existing threats and their analysis so you can draw the proper conclusions, which leverages your incident response process like no other assessment can. Since the organizational resilience raises, you can anticipate threats and take the relevant security measures at all levels.

To be resilient, an organization must:

    Obtain information about existing threats from appropriate sources.
    Draw the right conclusions from this information.
    Be aware of the influence of cognitive and social aspects on decision making.
    Introduce appropriate technical and organizational security measures and ensure their long-term effectiveness.

What will you get

We maximize the entire organization's security by simulating realistic attacks on your business-critical data in a life-like test of how your business can withstand a cyber-attack. ESKA offers a custom-tailored combination of service elements that include:

    Simulation of a targeted attack on your company with a focus on business assets such as sensitive data, business processes, supply chain management, or production
    Testing your incident response skills
    Increasing awareness of affected employees for IT security
    Penetration Test performed
    Measurement of the efficiency of your efforts to protect business assets or property or to ensure your business processes
    Determination of any need for action in the security processes
    Measure the return on your cyber security investments
    Functional test of your security measures for attack detection, monitoring, and defense
    Manage identity & access
    Raising awareness of security incidents impact
    Provision of clear recommendations of security goals for your company from proven IT security experts

When should you use a Red Team?

Implementation of new tactics, software, or programs

If you want to see, how the taken measures protect your organization from the real attackers, a red team attack emulation is a perfect choice to see how the provided implementations help withstand the potential breach.

When a new type of security breach/attack emerges

Doesn't matter if the new type of attack has occurred to your business domain or not: it is always good to see the organization's readiness to face the emerging threat before it happens. Preventing is much better than resolving the results of the attack which has already occurred.

As a routine

With the scaling of your ever-growing organization, the cyber-threats also continue to evolve, so regular testing will help you stay on the safe side.

Process of Red Teaming

A Red Team Assessment that we offer consists of several phases, shown below:



Our experts start by investigating the technical, personnel, and organizational structures from the outside and initially without in-depth knowledge of (confidential) information in your company to derive possible attack paths that can be used to achieve the overriding strategic goal. Thus, we define the project's scope and work with you to determine the pursued objectives. It allows us to estimate the time and effort required.


Data gathering

This is followed by the phase of reconnaissance and intelligence gathering. Information about the IT systems of your company is collected at this stage.



Based on all recorded data and security gaps, our experts develop an individual plan for your organization as to which types of (cyber) attacks are to be carried out as part of the Red Team Assessment.



Our Red Team attacks your systems in a targeted manner.



The entire procedure and all results are documented by our experts. You will receive the relevant documents after the Red Team Assessment.


Resolution and Re-Testing

Red Teaming will be re-run if necessary.

Benefits of Red Team testing

The benefits of our Red Teaming service can be summarized as follows:

Identification and exploitation of vulnerabilities

We determine security gaps at all levels and areas of your organization to test the effectiveness of your organization's attack countermeasures. 

Set the right priorities for the future investments

Through a thorough understanding of your organization's security weaknesses, you are sure that future investments will benefit your enterprise to the greatest degree.

Responsiveness Rating

Our Red Teaming service assesses how quickly the security measures you have in place are taking effect. In addition, their efficiency is assessed.

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Find hidden threats

Exploiting the latest malicious attackers' tactics, red teaming can identify the hidden vulnerabilities for which the hackers might hunt.

Blue team effectiveness enhancement 

The simulation of various attack scenarios helps the in-house security team identify and close gaps fully covering the organization's threat perimeter.

Identify and address exposures

The post-operation support helps address any found vulnerabilities to avoid the real attacks occurring in the future. 

What do you get in the result?

In this type of testing, the team of IT security experts acts like real attackers and shows you how well your company can withstand a targeted attack. A final detailed report describes the procedure and shows potential weaknesses. The report is rounded off with recommendations for action, explained in a final presentation.
A Red Team testing is particularly worthwhile for organizations that need to protect valuable assets. For them, a test conducted under real-life conditions is a great approach to take a successful step towards more safety.



On this block, you will find answers to the most popular questions of our customers. Didn’t find what you need? Just send us a request.

  • What Is a Red Team?

    The goal of red teaming is to test an organization's detection and response capabilities: can the internal security systems detect and render harmless malicious attacker before he gains access to important company data? Thus, the red team evaluates the actual effectiveness of your IT security mechanisms as a whole to strengthen the resilience of organizations against hostile attacks in the long term. 
    By analyzing cyber-attacks that have happened to our customers, we gain a lot of insight into how attackers work. We incorporate knowledge gained from this into the ESKA's RED Team Assessment method and can therefore offer our customers current and practice-oriented attack scenarios. Therefore, our know-how is based on violations that happened to other companies.

  • What Are the different types of teams?

    The names of the red team and blue team tests originate from the military exercises that ensure the fighters are ready for the battle. The colors are used to define their role in training. The red color refers to the attacker's role, while the blue one is for the defensive position of the team participants. The realm of cybersecurity has thoroughly copied this realm with the difference that the battlefield is digital.
    Red Team A Red team is formed of security professionals to identify and assess vulnerabilities who try to get past existing cybersecurity controls. The designated groups usually consist of independent ethical hackers who objectively assess the security of a system. They use every available know-how to find weak spots in an enterprise's cybersecurity to gain unauthorized access so they can reveal the security risks in an organization's security posture.
    Blue TeamThe task of a blue team is the protection of the company's critical assets against any threat type. The blue team consists of security professionals who obtain an inside-out view of the organization's infrastructure and valuable assets. Blue teams are highly aware of the enterprise's business objectives and security strategy, constantly evaluating the environment to prepare for the potential threats. Therefore, their main task is to strengthen the castle's walls so no intruder can compromise its defenses. When the attack simulation occurs, their goal is prompt identification of breach so they can successfully stop the invaders.
    Purple TeamThe goal of the purple team is to blend both blue and red team members while encouraging them to work for a common purpose of detecting threats, sharing ideas, and getting constant feedback. It is not red vs. the blue team - it rather should be perceived as the cooperation between both teams through an adequate exchange of resources, reports, and knowledge, essential for the continuous improvement of the organization's security.

  • What is the difference between pen testing and red teaming?

    Red teaming is an evolutionary development of penetration testing that could be described as an attack simulation. Our IT security experts act as "free" attackers who work with thoroughly chosen tactics, methods, and goals of real actors from the fields of economic/industrial espionage, and organized cyber-crime.

    In contrast to classic penetration tests, the focus here is not on identifying technical weaknesses in selected IT systems but on identifying and defending critical assets and core organization processes against real threats. For this purpose, concrete targets of a fictitious attacker are taken as a basis, giving the red team a realistic motivation and applying the methods the hackers do.

    As part of this attack simulation, the IT security consultants of our Red Team reach out to the entire environment of your company to achieve these goals. After individual consultation with those responsible for the company, they act freely and can act as an attacker - without:

    ● predetermined target systems● defined time windows and execution times of the activities● restrictive test scope, and restrictions on methods of action.
    If necessary, there is a regular feedback loop to the company's defense team to start a worthwhile defense step by step.

    At the end of the Red Teaming project, the detailed final report examines and evaluates timing, attack indicators, and countermeasures are taken and recommends further organizational and technical measures to strengthen your organization's defensive capabilities over the long term.

  • How long does a red teaming operation last?

    We tailor the concrete missions of the red teaming to your company and the current IT security situation. The duration, therefore, depends on various factors:
    ● Number of mission objectives● Maturity of your IT security organization● Procedures of the (simulated) attackers
    After the preliminary discussion, you will receive a free, non-binding offer.

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