FireEye Launches Purple Team Assessments to Test Security Operations With Mandiant Experts

October 9, 2019 at 8:00 AM EDT

 Purple Team and Continuous Purple Team Assessments enable organizations to quantifiably evaluate security controls and programs against Verodin simulated attack scenarios 

 WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 9, 2019-- FireEye Cyber Defense Summit - FireEye, Inc. (NASDAQ: FEYE), the intelligence-led security company, today announced the availability of two new FireEye® Mandiant® services. With Purple Team and Continuous Purple Team Assessments, organizations can now work closely with FireEye Mandiant incident response experts to quantifiably evaluate their security programs against Verodin® simulated attack scenarios.

“Many organizations do not test the efficacy of their security controls and program thoroughly or often enough. Without validation, security teams may base decisions on assumptions rather than evidence, which can instill false confidence in their ability to detect and respond to a security breach,” said Charles Carmakal, CTO of FireEye Mandiant consulting. “FireEye Mandiant Purple Team Assessments combine the best practices from offense and defense so that the organization can quantifiably test and measure their security effectiveness and improve their overall risk posture.”

Red teams simulate attacks and blue teams defend against attacks. Purple team assessments are a collaborative effort among the red and blue teams. Mandiant experts function as the red team and augment an organization’s blue team.

“Our experience with FireEye's Purple Team service offering has been phenomenal. Working hand-in-hand with the Blue Team to detect the different TTPs, helps solidify and uncover new investigative and monitoring methods. In addition to addressing gaps in controls or with use-cases, the engagement serves as a sort of live-fire exercise where analysts can hone their skills. Analysts also learn how to investigate and respond to newer techniques previously unseen or encountered,” said the Senior Information Security Engineer at a Fortune 500 healthcare company.

 Purple Team Assessments 

With Purple Team Assessments, Mandiant experts guide an organization’s security team through highly-realistic attack scenarios. To simulate the attacks, Mandiant will create scenarios within the FireEye Verodin Security Instrumentation Platform (SIP). The scenarios are based on analysis from the latest data breaches and the most current intelligence regarding industry-relevant threat groups. With that methodology, Mandiant can emulate the tools, tactics, and procedures (TTPs) of hundreds of attackers and simulate any component of the MITRE ATT&CK framework. Throughout the assessment, the organization receives a detailed scorecard that quantifiably identifies where security operations are thriving, areas of improvement, and strategic recommendations to strengthen the security posture.

 Continuous Purple Team Assessments Deliver Prolonged Refinement 

Mandiant also offers Continuous Purple Team Assessments. Over a prolonged period of 3 - 6 months, an organization’s security team can train and enhance its detection and response capabilities while Mandiant experts use the Verodin platform to execute attacker TTPs. During this hands-on exercise, the security team will engage in periodic re-testing and evaluation to measure and continually refine its capabilities. Mandiant experts will track the progression of the security team’s detection and response capabilities from the start of the engagement to the end, providing quantifiable scorecards along the way to measure the team’s effectiveness. Not only does this practice assess the impact of ongoing changes to people, processes and technology within a security program, it also demonstrates the ROI of the organization’s security spending.

Carmakal concluded, “By integrating the Verodin platform with frontline threat intelligence, we are able to quantify organizations’ security effectiveness in a new and comprehensive way. Purple Team Assessments are just the beginning of how we plan to integrate Verodin into our wider services portfolio.”

For more information about FireEye Mandiant Purple Team Assessments, including the FireEye Verodin Security Instrumentation Platform (SIP), please visit https://www.fireeye.com/services/purple-team-assessment.html 

 About FireEye, Inc. 

 FireEye is the intelligence-led security company. Working as a seamless, scalable extension of customer security operations, FireEye offers a single platform that blends innovative security technologies, nation-state grade threat intelligence, and world-renowned Mandiant® consulting. With this approach, FireEye eliminates the complexity and burden of cyber security for organizations struggling to prepare for, prevent, and respond to cyber-attacks. FireEye has over 8,200 customers across 103 countries, including more than 50 percent of the Forbes Global 2000.

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