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What is a Red Team Assessment?

Using the same tools and techniques employed by hackers, a Red Team Assessment looks and feels like a real cyberattack. The idea is to test your defences against attack, and your response to a security incident.

The only difference is that all testing is carried out by ethically-trained cybersecurity professionals. There is no lasting damage to your systems, and data is never exposed to third parties. But you do find out exactly where your network defences need additional work and target investment accurately.

Why do I need a Red Team Assessment?


Real hacking insights

Under test conditions, you can get a reasonable idea of how well your defences perform. But a Red Team Assessment places those defences under real stress – just like a hacker would. This is the only way to see whether your business is truly protected.


Assess people and technology

Effective security is a mix of people, processes and technology. Hackers focus on all three to gain access to your network, so an effective test must go beyond just technical considerations.


Analyse your security response

How your business reacts to a successful breach is just as important as your efforts to keep hackers out in the first place. A Red Team Assessment can help you identify strengths and weaknesses, and fine tune your processes for future events.


Test your latest investments

When deploying new security measures, the best way to confirm correct installation and configuration is by testing it. And what better test than placing new software and systems under the strain of a real-world simulation?


Identify shortfalls

A successful network breach by the Red Team will expose vulnerabilities in your people, processes and technology. You will identify opportunities for new, targeted investment, or issues that require additional staff training.

Our Approach

A holistic assessment

Our Red Team will attack people, processes and technology simultaneously using automated tools, experience and social engineering techniques. By testing everything, you get a full 360º view of your security provisions.

On-site testing

When a hacker cannot gain access remotely, they will sometimes try to gain physical access to your systems. Our Red Team makes anonymous site visits to check your physical security provisions – and the awareness of your employees.

Malware awareness

Infected email attachments remain an effective way to compromise defences – so we mimic the technique. Our phishing tests verify the effectiveness of your anti-malware systems. We also check staff responses to receiving phishing emails, identifying knowledge and skills shortfalls.

Assume control of network resources

Echoing the step-by-step approach used by advanced persistent threat (APT) groups, our consultants will attempt to compromise a range of network nodes. We will then demonstrate data theft, logon account compromises and the potential for infrastructure damage.

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Why Fidus?

Penetration testing reveals your most sensitive network vulnerabilities – so you need a partner you can trust. Fidus Information Security are an NCSC CHECK Green Light and TIGER scheme approved consultancy. Our cyber security experts hold some of the most recognised certifications in the industry, including CREST Certified Tester and Senior Security Tester. Fidus is also a Cyber Essentials verified company. Every assessment we perform is carried out according to UK industry approved methodologies (OWASP, PETS, NIST) along with our own internal testing frameworks.

Remedial Support

More than just identifying security vulnerabilities, our cyber security experts are on hand to help you fix them too.

Certified Security Consultants

Our CREST and TIGER approved team holds a range of industry-leading security certifications including OSCP, CCT, SST and CISSP

Easy to Understand Reports

We’ll ensure that your executives and technical teams properly understand our assessment findings using plain-English reporting.

Fixed Price Proposals

The price you’re quoted is the price you’ll pay. Our quotes are broken down into a detailed costing table so you know exactly what to expect.

The Industry Average

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The Fidus Way

Our approach to security involves a qualified security consultant through the entire process to ensure quality, accuracy and consistency.

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