Cyber Security Battleground - Red Team/Blue Team Operations Challenge

Kurskod MC056

Cyber Security Battleground - Red Team/Blue Team Operations Challenge

Do you have what it takes? Can you withstand a cyber-attack from a team that learned from a master? If you had learnt from the same master? Welcome to the four-day Red Team/Blue Team Operations, ending with you measuring up at the battlefield!

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Two Teams, two different approaches, Red Team vs Blue Team Cyberwar Challenge! The cyber kill chain - reconnaissance, attack planning and delivery, system exploitation, privilege escalation and lateral movement, anomalies detection, discovery of industry attacks and threats, understanding how compromised system or solution looks like, defining the indicators of the attack, and incident handling.

  • Is your security program effective? 
  • Are you able to stop simulated attacks? 
  • Are you ready for this cyberwar challenge and who will win? 

The ultimate aim is to test organization’s security as well as ability to detect and respond to an attack. Challenge yourself and join the Red Team vs Blue Team Cyberwar Challenge!

Target Audience and Prerequitites

This training is intended for enterprise administrators, infrastructure architects, security professionals, systems engineers, IT professionals, security consultants and other people responsible for implementing network and perimeter security in an environment mainly based on Microsoft solutions.

To participate, you should have a good hands-on experience in administering Windows infrastructure. At least 8 years in the field is recommended. 

Paula Januszkiewicz

This training is designed and delivered by the world renowned security expert and penetration tester Paula Januszkiewicz and her team of experts at the IT security company Cqure. 

Course Details

Modern Attack Techniques

In this world where most of the things happen online, hacking provides wider opportunities for the hackers to gain unauthorized access to the unclassified information like credit card details, email account details, and other personal information. So, every red teamer and blue teamer should know the modern hacking techniques that are commonly used to get your personal information in an unauthorized way.


The term Cyber Kill Chain defines the steps used by cyber attackers in today’s cyber based attacks. The reconnaissance is the first phase, during which the attacker gathers information on the target before the actual attack starts. The data gathering is essential skill of every red teamer.

Weaponization and Delivery

After successful data gathering, advanced attacker will prepare dedicated tools and attacks scenarios to increase chances of successful attack. For example, known vulnerability in identified product could be exploited in order to execute remote code or spawn remote shell into internal network. Without remote code execution vulnerability even the most sophisticated payload needs to be delivered to the victim. There are plenty of ways to achieve that but the final result often depends on social engineering skills.

Exploitation and Installation

After successful delivery, malicious code often needs to exploits a vulnerability to execute code on victim’s system. There are multiple common patters to achieve that.

Privilege escalation

The successful exploitation attack often results in code execution with limited privileges. Gaining more privileges might be critical aspect of further operations.

Lateral movement and Persistency

The next step is a lateral movement that gives access to additional resources within the company and allows to spread all over the network. Attacker will also want to ensure persistency and possibility of returning to compromised hosts. Thus, even after attack is stopped and contained, it might be possible to return to the system and hide even better.

Part 1 - Blue Team Training - 1½ day

Identifying Areas of Vulnerability

This part introduces the new cybersecurity challenges and trends, emphasizing on data security and integration through and into the cloud and the challenges of the coordination of the cloud and on-premise security solutions. Security is a business enabler, and it is only when it is viewed from a business perspective that we can truly make the right decisions. You will learn how to define values of your company which needs to be protected or restricted. You will know how to find obvious and not so obvious sensitive information which can be monetized by adversaries. Having that scope defined and knowing your resources you will know where the biggest gaps in your security posture are.

Protecting entry points

We can’t detect every kind of recon ops but it doesn’t mean we can’t detect some of them. It is crucial to understand what kind of information is publicly available and to learn how to protect that information by proactively analyzing network traffic. Attacker can use many different methods to deliver malicious payload. Blue team needs to ensure that even if delivered, payloads are detected and blocked at early stage.

Deploying guards

Executed payload doesn’t have to mean that system is compromised. There are many mechanisms that, if properly configured, significantly reduce attack scope.

Least privilege principle

The chances of privilege escalation will be significantly reduced if the principle of least privilege will be properly used. The principle means giving a user account, service or process only those privileges which are essential to perform its intended function.

Inspecting own backyard

Internal network shouldn’t be treated as trusted. Plenty of things can go undetected if proper mechanisms aren’t deployed. Before red teamer can reach Domain Controller or other critical servers, blue team can implement numerous protections against that threat to detect and neutralize infected hosts.


Once attack is detected and neutralized, it is important to locate all other infected hosts. Attacker can leave multiple backdoors or intentionally introduce security problems. It is crucial to test entire environment for that threat.

Part 2 - The Battle - 1 day

Students will be divided in two groups – both will have a mix of Red Team and Blue Team people. Both groups would get their own small set of machines to configure and protect. The machines would server various purposes – some of them will have services configured, such as WWW, DNS or SMB. 

System hardening 

The first two hours would be used to understand the architecture, found out what services are running, what is the configuration, and so on. Cooperating as a group, their job would be to harden the configuration, find and fix misconfigurations and plan future services – such as logging the events! 


After two hours, the big firewall between two groups is disabled, and groups can see each other’s networks. The fun starts here. Red Team members will try to find vulnerabilities in target systems and recover some sort of secret (the flag). At the same time Blue Team members will try hard to prevent that - by deploying set of protections, monitoring the network and actively stopping the attacks. 

To make things even more exciting, automated clients will also interact with the services. Each group has to make sure, that work of the services is not interrupted, and regular clients can still use them. 

Each flag will be unique. After obtained, it should be sent to our scoring systems, where groups can see the description of all challenges, as well as, current scoreboard! Each flag is scored differently, the harder it is to get it, the more points at the end! Points can also be used to buy additional hints if group can’t move forward with one of other challenges. 

Wrap-up Discussion 

The last hour would be used to summarize what worked and what not – groups would describe what they did to retrieve the flag or what they did to prevent the other team from recover that. Instructor would also answer all the questions and show what was the intended solution to beat some of the challenges. 

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