DarkReadingLogo

The Rise of ‘Purple Teaming’

The next generation of penetration testing represents a more collaborative approach to old fashioned Red Team vs. Blue Team. In 1992, the film Sneakers introduced the term “Red Team” into popular culture as actors Robert Redford, Sydney Poitier, Dan Aykroyd, David Strathairn, and River Phoenix portrayed a team of security experts who hire themselves out to organizations to test their security systems by attempting to hack them. This was a revolutionary concept at the time — the term “penetration test” didn’t even exist yet, and the idea of a friendly security team trying to break through a company’s defenses wasn’t exactly commonplace. Today, penetration testing is an important part of any cybersecurity system, and both internal and external Red Teams play a critical role in that process.