Test your ability to detect and respond to threats with a real-world cyber attack simulation

Enterprises are constantly looking to improve their security posture beyond the traditional, compliance-driven penetration testing. Of all the available types of cybersecurity assessment, a simulated targeted cyber-attack is as close as you can get to understanding how prepared your organization is to defend against a skilled and persistent hacker.


No organization is immune and many are still vulnerable to even the simplest and most common techniques and exploits, let alone the more sophisticated attacks that can remain undetected in the network for weeks and months.

A Red Team Operation from Antares is designed to far exceed the remit of traditional security test by rigorously challenging the effectiveness of technology, personnel and processes to detect and respond to a highly focussed, multi-faceted attack conducted over a period of weeks and months.

Key beneifts of red teaming
  • Validate your response to attack​​
    Discover how prepared your organisation is to respond to a full scale cyber incident designed to fully test the effectiveness of security technology, personnel and processes.


  • Identify and classify security risks
    Learn whether critical assets such as systems and data are at risk and how easily they could be compromised by malicious adversaries.


  • Uncover little known weaknesses 
    By mirroring the tactics, techniques and procedures (TTPs) used by criminals, Red Teaming can help identify little-known and complex vulnerabilities that attackers might seek to exploit.


  • Address vulnerabilities
    Receive important post-operation support to address and/or mitigate the risk of any security vulnerabilities identified.


  • Enhance Blue Team operations 
    By simulating a variety of attack scenarios, red team testing can help your organisation’s blue team defenders better understand the latest attack methods and develop new monitoring techniques and processes to identify them.


  • Verify the effectiveness of cybersecurity investments
    Prioritise remediation of weaknesses so that future investments deliver the greatest benefits to your organisation’s cyber security posture.

Comprehensively challenge your security defences

Today’s persistent cybercriminals will exploit any and all vulnerabilities to compromise your organization. Without knowledge of the latest attacker tactics, techniques, and procedures (TTPs), however, weaknesses across your IT networks could reside undetected.


A Red Team Operation from Antares is designed to exceed the remit of a penetration test to provide an in-depth, multi-layered assessment of your organization’s defenses. This simulated targeted cyber-attack utilizes the latest hacking tools and TTPs to achieve agreed objectives and thoroughly assess the effectiveness of your technology, personnel, and processes.


To maximize authenticity, it’s recommended that a Red Team attack simulation is performed with the knowledge of as few key stakeholders as possible.​

Our capabilities 
  • End-to-end security assessment
    By mirroring the approach of genuine attackers, a Red Team engagement comprehensively challenges virtual and physical security controls in order to identify weaknesses in technology, processes, and human behavior.


  • Intelligence-led testing
    To ensure that engagements accurately reflect the approach of real-life attackers, Red Team Operations are conducted in line with a black-box methodology. This includes a phase of active and passive reconnaissance to gather intelligence that could be used to launch a successful attack.


  • Multi-blended attack methods
    In order to achieve an agreed objective, red team testing adopts a ‘no holds barred’ approach. A wide range of methods are commonly utilized, including social engineering, Command and Control, and physical intrusion.


  • In-depth reporting
    Receive important post-operation support to address and/or mitigate the risk of any security vulnerabilities identifies

Our approach and methodology 

Our Red Team services utilize intelligence-driven testing to thoroughly assess the ability of your organization to detect and respond to a real-world, simulated cyber-attack.

Prior to any operation, we work with you closely to define the objectives and rules of engagement. Red Team Operations are conducted in the strictest of confidence and unlike real-life attacks are not designed to cause damage and disruption.

  • Reconnaissance
    Quality intelligence is critical to the success of any red team test. Our ethical hackers utilize a variety of OSINT tools, techniques, and resources to collect information that could be used to successfully compromise the target. This includes details about employees and networks, plus deployed systems and technologies.


  • Staging
    Once any vulnerabilities have been identified and a plan of attack formulated, the next stage of any engagement is staging. Staging involves setting up and concealing the infrastructure and resources needed to launch attacks. This can include setting up servers to perform Command & Control (C2) and social engineering activity.


  • Attack delivery
    The attack delivery phase of a Red Team Operation involves compromising and obtaining a foothold on the target network. In the course of pursuing their objective, our ethical hackers may attempt to exploit discovered vulnerabilities, use brute force to crack weak employee passwords, and create fake email communications to launch phishing attacks and drop malicious payloads such as malware.


  • Internal compromise 
    Once a foothold is obtained on the target network, the next phase of the engagement is focussed on achieving the objective(s) of the Red Team Operation. Activities at this stage can include lateral movement across the network, privilege escalation plus command and control activity such as data extraction.


  • Reporintg and analysis
    Following completion of the red team assessment, a comprehensive final report is prepared to help technical and non-technical personnel understand the success of the exercise, including an overview of vulnerabilities discovered, attack vectors used and recommendations about how to remediate and mitigate risks.

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