Purple Team

A joint testing strategy between the Red team (external) and Blue team (internal) sharing information about their resources, reporting, and knowledge for continual defense improvements.


Purple Team consists of the Red team and Blue team working together to simulate malicious attacks and learning from each other along the way.

In a Red team exercise, a group of ethical hackers uses real-world cyber attacks to exploit an organization’s people, technology, and processes. The red team uses one or multiple techniques, including penetration testing, social engineering, or other custom software and tools. The blue team, unaware of any impending attack, works to defend the organization’s networks, relying on data analysis, threat detection, and risk assessments.  

Red team vs. blue team scenarios have a long history with military origins. A more recent approach, called purple teaming, takes members from both teams to communicate and collaborate to improve your organization’s overall security posture.

Key Benefits


Foster Collaboration

Communication between the Red and Blue teams maximizes insight into identifying vulnerabilities and helping ensure system security


Improve Threat Detection

Learn to detect threats to help close the gap between attacks and the time it takes to implement your cyber defense.


Security Skills in Real-Time

Cybersecurity is an organization-wide responsibility that relies on the vigilance of personnel outside of just the security team.


Encourage employees to think outside the box and establish ongoing communication channels with a collaborative culture that promotes continuous improvements to your cybersecurity posture.

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