Purple teaming maximizes the effectiveness of security assessment by combining the strengths of both internal and external penetration testing teams.
Smart organizations are proactive about cybersecurity. One approach in that proactive toolbox is determining – before an attack – where weaknesses in the network exist so that they can be addressed. When information security teams collaborate with penetration testing teams, they can gain insights into attacker techniques and improve an organization’s overall security posture.
Blue team versus red team
The U.S. military and intelligence communities have long used “blue teams” and “red teams” to identify vulnerabilities within their organizations. The concept of blue versus red as a classification for teams is also well established in the field of cybersecurity.
The typical blue team within an organization consists of the internal information technology security group. This team’s primary goal is to defend against threats from real-world attackers attempting to obtain unauthorized access to confidential data.