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Purple Team Strategies

By : David Routin, Simon Thoores, Samuel Rossier
Book Image

Purple Team Strategies

By: David Routin, Simon Thoores, Samuel Rossier

Overview of this book

With small to large companies focusing on hardening their security systems, the term "purple team" has gained a lot of traction over the last couple of years. Purple teams represent a group of individuals responsible for securing an organization’s environment using both red team and blue team testing and integration – if you’re ready to join or advance their ranks, then this book is for you. Purple Team Strategies will get you up and running with the exact strategies and techniques used by purple teamers to implement and then maintain a robust environment. You’ll start with planning and prioritizing adversary emulation, and explore concepts around building a purple team infrastructure as well as simulating and defending against the most trendy ATT&CK tactics. You’ll also dive into performing assessments and continuous testing with breach and attack simulations. Once you’ve covered the fundamentals, you'll also learn tips and tricks to improve the overall maturity of your purple teaming capabilities along with measuring success with KPIs and reporting. With the help of real-world use cases and examples, by the end of this book, you'll be able to integrate the best of both sides: red team tactics and blue team security measures.
Table of Contents (20 chapters)
Part 1: Concept, Model, and Methodology
Part 2: Building a Purple Infrastructure
Part 3: The Most Common Tactics, Techniques, and Procedures (TTPs) and Defenses
Part 4: Assessing and Improving

Command and Control (C2)

Command and Control (C2) refers to a server that's owned by the attacker that's used to communicate and remotely control the compromised systems. This step of the kill chain is continuous through the operation.

T1071 – Application layer protocol

As we've already discussed in this book, especially in Chapter 5, Red Team Infrastructure, attackers usually rely on C2 servers to manage their victims and industrialize exploitations. These servers can use existing protocol application layers such as HTTP, DNS, SMTP, and so on. It even goes deeper by injecting the C2 traffic inside what looks like standard activities. A good example of this approach is Malleable C2 (, a collection of add-ons for the Cobalt Strike C2 that allows the attacker to disguise C2 traffic in fake Amazon or Wikipedia traffic, fake certificates for OCSP verification, or simply inside DNS traffic,...