Red, Blue, and Purple: Communicating More Effectively While Building Stronger Cybersecurity Teams

A recent innovation in building cybersecurity teams leverages a color-coded system, defining each team as red, blue, or purple. Understanding the definitions of each color and how they interact informs your organization’s SecOps work. Over time, following this approach to team-building better protects your organization’s technical infrastructure.

So let’s take a closer at bolstering your company’s cybersecurity posture by using this unique approach. In addition to improving your SecOps footprint, it also adds some focus to your company’s cybersecurity staffing efforts. After all, as more companies follow this approach, expect cyber professionals to add these colors to their résumés.

Definitions of Red, Blue, and Purple Cybersecurity Teams

Simply stated, the three colors identify the duties and functions performed by each distinct cybersecurity team. Ultimately, the use of this identification facilitates the communication and interactions of all three groups. So let’s look at each team’s definition.

Members of a red team serve as ethical hackers. They hold responsibility for trying to break through the cybersecurity protection of any technical infrastructure. SecOps professionals on this team attempt to emulate the attack techniques and protocols used by cyber criminals. These testing campaigns typically last for a prolonged period of time.

The blue team is made up of SecOps team members responsible for protecting a company’s technical assets. In short, they combat the efforts of the red team. Many of duties and responsibilities of blue team members match a typical SecOps team without a colored designation. These include patch management, vulnerability testing, and more.

Finally, the purple team mixes both attack and defense mindsets. In fact, it isn’t really a team as much as a function. Companies with mature SecOps practices where the red and blue teams interact effectively don’t need a separate purple team. Communication between red and blue on the latest attack techniques is one example of a purple team activity. Ultimately, this team-based approach to SecOps echoes some of the same teamwork concepts seen in DevOps.

Modify Your SecOps Staffing Efforts to Use Colors

This colored approach to cybersecurity team building continues to grow in popularity. Because of this, expect the résumés of SecOps pros to include red or blue team experience. Keep this in mind when searching for a qualified cyber professional to join your organization.

Build Your Cyber Security Team?

As one of the top cybersecurity staffing agencies in the country, Redbud Cyber helps your organization find the right talent. This includes SecOps pros with experience on either red or blue teams. Schedule a meeting with us as soon as possible to talk about your company’s hiring needs.

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