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Adversary Simulation

We're transforming adversarial simulation by extending the limited, short-term scope of conventional consultancy exercises. Our tailored approach provides deep intelligence about your people, processes and technologies so you can identify if you are genuinely prepared to withstand a real world attack scenario.

Adversarial Attack Simulation Experts

Many variations of Adversarial Attack Simulation exist in the cyber security marketplace today.

Our Adversarial attack simulation methodology is designed to be authentic, realistic, and highly pragmatic. We combine technical excellence with a consultative approach to ensure that the engagement is aligned with your requirements, often deviating from an industry standard approach and creating novel delivery models to solve specific client detection and response challenges.

Our flexible delivery model is not constrained to a specific approach and can be tailored to deliver the information and outcomes you need.

Types of adversarial attack simulation

The list below isn’t exhaustive and we regularly create custom solutions, solving unique challenges and delivering specific outcomes for our clients. We ensure safeguarding and communication are just as important as technical skills.

Red Teaming

A red team is a goal-based covert engagement, it usually starts with zero previous knowledge about the organisation.

It is the most realistic simulation of a dedicated attacker targeting a company over a sustained period, whilst trying to evade detection. Generally the wider business is unaware of the engagement, and will cover an extensive portion of the organisations security estate to find real-world and abusable issues. It provides an organisation with a holistic view of their security posture.

Purple Teaming

 Threat-led purple teaming provides unparalleled assurance for your critical assets through a collaborative security approach and real-world attack simulation.

A purple team engagement is is uniquely positioned to apply an adversarial (or ‘red team’) mindset to each of your critical assets and strengthen your defensive ‘blue team’ capability. Providing insight and assurance not possible with a penetration test or red team exercise.

Custom Adversarial Simulation

We are experts in building agile, custom tailored projects to address the individual needs of our clients.

Including assessments evaluating the specific risk introduced by technical debt, lateral movement assessments, attack path validation, and more.

EDR / MDR Assessment

We assess  EDR/MDR services, usually with the aim to evaluate their efficacy, accuracy and quality of service.

Usually conducted when the client is considering which EDR/MDR service to purchase, where JUMPSEC perform attacks and assess the quality of the service offered by the EDR/MDR at ‘pilot’ or ‘proof of value’ stage.

What outcomes does an adversarial attack simulation provide?

Validate capability

Test and exercise your teams in a realistic live environment to accurately assess strengths and weaknesses.

Identify improvement opportunities

Highlight capability and control gaps across people, process and technology to build further cyber resilience.

Demonstrate business risk reduction

Communicate risk exposure, and the value of investment, by highlighting the business impact of an attack.

Further your security initiatives

Achieve your desired outcomes and gather evidence to evolve and improve your security operating model.

What is an Adversarial (adversary) Simulation?

Cyber Adversarial (adversary) Simulation exercises (often referred to as ‘Red Team’) are designed to evaluate an organisation’s susceptibility to cyber-attack. Adversarial simulation exercises spans the entirety of an end-to-end attack from the perspective of an external cyber attacker.

It holistically assesses all areas of the organisation, across people, process and technology, to determine how these factors can be abused and exploited by a malicious actor to achieve a set of relevant attack objectives.

Adversarial simulations replicate the tactics, techniques and procedures (TTPs) used by advanced threat actors, performing a covert simulation exercise designed to assess the target organisation’s susceptibility to an authentic and realistic targeted attack.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What are the characteristics of a typical Red Team exercise?

A typical ‘Red Team’ attack simulation exercise is: (keep the same from the red team page with the icons)

  • Objective-focused. Designed to prove or disprove whether an attacker can perform specific actions associated with risk events the business aims to guard against
  • Threat-led. Designed to use the techniques, tactics and procedures used by advanced threat actors which are likely to target the client organisation
  • Adversarial and covert. Typically a black-box, covert assessment conducted from the perspective of an external attacker without privileged information about the target
  • Authentic and realistic. Designed to expose the organisation to the pressures of a real-world cyber-attack to offer an opportunity to practice and assess how they would fare in a genuine attack scenario.

What are the goals of a Red Team exercise?

JUMPSEC aims to access systems and data that real-world attackers are likely to target, with realistic attacker goals relative to the organisation’s threat profile.

JUMPSEC can simulate end-to-end attacks with a range of goals including:

  • Access and exfiltrate sensitive customer data, with a view to exploit the information for financial gain (e.g. through theft of credit card information) extort the organisation under threat of GDPR sanctions, or undermine the integrity of the organisation to its customers.
  • Perform a malicious action for criminal gain, such as fraudulently making a payment.
  • Steal sensitive intellectual property or proprietary information that may threaten the organisation’s market competitiveness.
  • Tamper with business-critical systems to impair the organisation’s ability to operate through disruption or destruction.

Why should you undertake an attack simulation?

Undertaking an attack simulation exercise enables an organisation to understand its cyber risk exposure by attempting to simulate chains of attacker actions which, if executed in a real-world setting, would have a critical impact upon the business. Exercises such as Red Teaming enable you to evaluate your susceptibility to cyber-attack. They provide the answer to the following questions:

  • If we were cyber-attacked, what could an attacker achieve, and what might the business impact be?
  • Are our current security controls effective in preventing and detecting malicious activity on our network?
  • Is our cyber risk assessment accurate and are the controls we have put in place effective in mitigating risk to the business?

When is Red Teaming specifically right for you?

Organisations with a solid security baseline who have implemented robust security controls and are confident in the efficacy of their detection capability (in terms of both tooling and personnel capability) are able to maximise the opportunity provided by Red Teaming, using it as an opportunity to stress-test and exercise their security team.

However, Red Teaming typically takes the path of least resistance; the shortest route from the point of breach to the end-goal. Red Team exercises are designed to answer the question of “can the attacker cause harm”, as opposed to “how can I stop an attacker from causing harm”. This means that without Red Teaming an organisation’s broader defensive controls and capabilities are unlikely to be tested, resulting in limited learning and improvement opportunities.

For this reason, Red Team exercises are especially well-suited to organisations who have already invested in developing their cyber security controls and capabilities. Organisations who lack an established security baseline should consider alternative approaches which are less focused on realism, and more attuned to identifying and driving capability improvements, before engaging in a hyper-realistic simulation such as a Red Team.

What does a Red Team provide you with?

A JUMPSEC attack simulation will allow you to:

  • Stress-test your cyber resilience and effectiveness against advanced offensive capabilities used by real-world attackers
  • Validate the returns on your security investment to-date by assessing the effectiveness of your cyber controls and capabilities to combat an authentic and realistic cyber-attack.
  • Realise your risk exposure by assessing and understanding the likelihood of a successful attack.
  • Demonstrate the value of security investment by communicating cyber risk in clear business terms. A JUMPSEC Red Team will highlight the actual business impact of a cyber attacker achieving technical goals.
  • Enhance the cyber-readiness of your organisation by exercising your people, tuning your tooling, and optimising your processes in preparation for a genuine attack.
  • Identify areas for future capability development to inform your development roadmap and guide future cyber security investment.

Achieve the cyber security outcomes you need.

We work to enable effective cyber security for our clients; helping them to future proof their cyber defences and realise genuine improvement over time.