As the cybersecurity industry continues to evolve, the use of certain terminology is changing and becoming more prevalent; such as the increased mention of Red Teams and Blue Teams inside boardrooms and IT departments. With the use of these terms, it is also means their definitions can be broad or confusing, sometimes becoming interchangeable with other terms which may or may not be applicable. For example, a staff member may use the term “Red Team” however this could refer to either an internal team within that organization or an external Penetration Testing Firm.
When I started GRIMM, I had a vision to tackle the greatest cybersecurity challenges that face our clients, industry and the greater business and government communities. Two and a half years ago, one of those challenges was brought to the company because of our reputation. A Fortune 50 company had been breached and suffered significant damages. As a result, the IT Security team was given a significantly increased budget which they used to hire incredible talent and have their choice of any assessment/penetration testing software available.
The void in the cybersecurity workforce is compounding the level of risk faced by enterprises. The global shortage of skilled security workers could reach 1.8 million in the next five years according to the Center for Cyber Safety and Education. Contrast this with plans to boost security teams hiring by at least 15 percent in the same time frame - the numbers don’t add up. This is exacerbated by the increasing volume, variety and veracity of widespread cyberattacks like WannaCry, NotPetya, Locky, and other blockbuster ransomware.