Red Team Assessment

A red team assessment is a comprehensive security assessment that simulates real-world attacks on an organization’s security infrastructure. Unlike conventional vulnerability scanning or penetration testing, which focuses on specific vulnerabilities, a red team assessment takes a holistic approach, aiming to compromise the organization’s security posture.

 The red team comprises highly skilled security professionals who take on the role of attackers to assess the effectiveness of an organization’s defensive measures. They aim to uncover potential security gaps, demonstrating how attackers combine unrelated exploits to access sensitive data and critical assets. Following the assessment, the team provides recommendations and plans to bolster the organization’s security posture, ensuring it remains resilient in the face of evolving threats.

Red Team Activities


In this exercise, the red team attempts to identify vulnerabilities in the organization’s web applications and software. Techniques employed may include injection attacks, cross-site scripting, or file inclusion attacks.


In this exercise, the red team manipulates employees or contractors to reveal sensitive information. They also perform actions that may compromise security, using phishing, pretexting, or baiting techniques.


In this exercise, the red team attempts unauthorized access to the organization’s network infrastructure. Techniques involved may include port scanning, vulnerability scanning, or exploiting software vulnerabilities.

Importance of Red Team Assessment

Why Choose Accorian?

Accorian is a leading cybersecurity firm, distinguished by its CREST accreditation, renowned for unparalleled expertise. Our team comprises technology and cybersecurity leaders, ensuring proficiency that exceeds industry standards. What truly distinguishes us is our commitment to tailor-made solutions. Each red team assessment, backed by our remarkable 100% success rate, is meticulously customized to meet an organization’s unique needs, ensuring relevance and effectiveness in today’s business landscape.

Red Team Methodology

Adversary Modelling

Adversary Modelling

Accorian works closely with the organization to comprehensively understand the threat adversary profile modeled within this red team engagement. This phase is crucial to align the red team’s actions with the specific threat levels and categories an organization aims to safeguard against.

As part of this modeling process, Accorian assesses factors such as the threat actor’s knowledge, access, resources, capabilities, and intent, which must be simulated during this engagement. Based on our experience, establishing these metrics at the outset of a red team engagement leads to a more precise and insightful assessment.

Intelligence Lifecycle

During this phase, we engage in a continuous execution of the various stages within the traditional intelligence lifecycle. We aim to gather pertinent information about the targets identified for the red team engagement.

Once we’ve collected this information, we subject it to a rigorous analysis and evaluation process. This process allows us to derive actionable intelligence that can effectively map potential attack pathways, identify vulnerabilities unique to the identified targets that could be exploited, and estimate the skill sets, resources, and capabilities necessary to execute a successful attack strategy.


Accorian employs the “D5” engagement methodology during the attack planning phase to determine the tactics needed to achieve the objectives. This tactical analysis involves various methods and approaches. Additionally, Accorian uses a range of brainstorming and analytical techniques to enhance the overall attack plan.

  • FIND

    Surveillance activities to locate, as well as define targets and priorities.

  • Focus on

    Appropriate targets for exploitation and completion of objectives

  • FIX

    Surveillance becomes focused on key targets

  • Focus on

    Appropriate targets for exploitation and completion of objectives


    Small operations against targets are completed to test and refine

  • Focus on

    Defining the Tools, Tactics, and Procedures (TTPs)


    Gain a foothold in the target environment

  • Focus on

    Establishment of command and control as well as data extraction


    Analytical assessment to determine success

  • Focus on

    Continued penetration and its role in achieving mission objectives


    Results of the operation are shared with stakeholders

  • Results of the F3EAD process is reviewed by the red team

Attack Planning


Accorian initiates implementing the overall attack plan to support the mission objectives. The attack is executed with full intensity and is sustained until the goals are successfully met. Whether a campaign succeeds or fails, the overall plan is regularly updated, revised, and modified throughout this process. This iterative process continues until the mission objectives are achieved, ensuring our approach remains adaptable and resilient.

Attack Scenario Examples


Activity: Conduct a targeted cyberattack against employees to gain unauthorized access to their computer systems. Proceed to perform lateral movement within the organization’s network and identify domain or enterprise administrators, aiming to compromise their accounts.


Evaluate the organization’s defenses concerning Active Directory (AD) security.

Assess the capability of the security team to detect and respond to a multi-stage cyberattack.

Demonstrate the effectiveness of the organization’s incident response procedures.

Attack Vector: Internal


Activity: Simulate a phishing campaign to compromise the email accounts of C-level executives. Additionally, crawl the dark web to acquire compromised credentials.


Assess the effectiveness of cybersecurity awareness training provided to employees, particularly regarding phishing attacks.

Investigate the presence of the organization’s data on the dark web.

Evaluate the capability of the security team to detect and respond to a multi-stage cyberattack, starting with a phishing attempt.

Attack Vector: External


Activity: Conduct a cyberattack to gain unauthorized access to sensitive data and exfiltrate information covertly.


Assess the ability of the security team to detect a multistage cyberattack.

Determine the extent to which a persistent attacker could compromise confidential information.

Prove the effectiveness of incident response procedures.

Attack Vector: Internal/External


Activity: Install a backdoor that will provide an attacker with continued access to the system or other application resources.


Evaluate the security team’s capability to identify and respond to a multi-stage cyberattack involving backdooring.

Demonstrate the effectiveness of the organization’s incident response procedures in detecting and mitigating threats involving backdoors.

Attack Vector: Internal


Activity: Execute a cyberattack to gain unauthorized access to the source code of applications and covertly exfiltrate this information.


Assess the security team’s capacity to detect and respond to a multi-stage cyberattack targeting source code.

Determine how much a persistent attacker could compromise confidential information through source code access.

Demonstrate the effectiveness of the organization’s incident response procedures in detecting and mitigating source code breaches.

Attack Vector: Internal

Key Differentiators

Our test plans aim to cover 200-400 checks for network penetration tests and 400-800 reviews for application penetration tests

Our time-tested and proven penetration testing methodology is built using OSSTMM, OWASP, NIST, and PTES standards

End-to-end project management for assessments with comprehensive and detailed reporting through our platform

We leverage our automated scanners and tools along with our custom scripts to conduct thorough assessments and ensure comprehensive coverage

Combined experience of working with 500+ clients on 1200+ penetration tests, detection of 25000+ vulnerabilities, and 100% success rate in red team engagements

A Trusted Vulnerability Assessor and an
Approved Scan Vendor (ASV) for organizations in sectors such as banking, financial services, credit unions, eCommerce, and SaaS that need to adhere to PCI DSS requirements

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