This article is all about the security teams in a Corporate Organization. Just to connect the dots and make the concept clear, I want to explain this using an example. Let’s assume, you’re working for a company called XYZ Security Solutions which offers Anti-Virus and Firewall solutions to individuals and organizations.
For the above company they need developers, security engineers, design and delivery, finance, marketing, sales teams, etc., Let me pick the sales team. Under the sales team, you will again have two teams one is pre-sales and the other one is you already guessed it correctly, yes it’s post-sales.
The roles and responsibilities of pre-sales and post-sales may be similar but not the same. Likewise, most of the companies will have security teams, under security teams we have three different teams.
All three security teams are key pillars of the security of the organization. There is nothing called one team that is important this much and the other team is this much. Every team has their own responsibilities. End of the day the all the three teams together have to secure the organization.
Types of Security Teams
1. Red Team
Red Team is a.k.a Offensive Security Team is a group of pen testers who have an absolute hacker’s mindset and approaches to compromise the target. This team involves in vulnerability assessment, penetration testing, black box testing, social engineering, web application testing, etc.,
Few companies have their own in-house red team, few companies will hire freelancers to test their systems, websites, applications, network, etc., The main purpose of the red team is to bypass the security configured by Blue Team. The companies want to test their Blue Team Security using the Red Team.
- The attacker (Hacker mindset)
- Testing Skills
- Never Giver Up Aptitude
2. Blue Team
Blue Team is responsible to secure the network, infrastructure, etc., in the organizations from unauthorized access. Blue Team people are mostly in-house teams, few companies will outsource blue teams as well. Blue Team is also called as Defensive Security Team who always defend Red Team and outside attackers from gaining unauthorized access.
Blue teams often divided into multiple groups such as Incident Response Team, Threat Hunting, Malware Analysis, etc., The common name for Blue Team is Security Operations Center (SOC).
- Defensive mindset
3. Purple Team
Purple Team is a newly evolved team whose primary function is to make red and blue teams work hand in hand to secure the organization from cyber-attacks.
These are the responsible groups of people to make better communication and understanding between the red and blue teams. The purple team consists of people who have both technology (security) and management knowledge.
- Management Skills
- Collaboration & Co-ordination
- Team Work
You can compare these teams with developer and tester of an application. The developers are the defensive team and the testers are offensive teams. The blue team build security and the red team try to break the security.
This is an overview of Red, Blue & Purple teams in an organization. Hope you are going to be in one of the above group. All the security teams will have knowledge of the functions of other teams.