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What is a Blue Team Exercise?

The red versus blue team security exercise is one of the best practices within the cybersecurity industry.

When assessing a system’s security processes. Much inspiration for this exercise was drawn from the military-developed “wargames” model, in which two opposing teams are subjected to various simulations and are tasked to either breach or defend a corporation’s security systems. The red team typically comprises technology professionals with a background in ethical hacking, whereby they will act as imaginary malicious attackers seeking to identify and exploit any flaws within a given security system (via ransomware, for instance). Meanwhile, the blue team is responsible for adhering to company protocols and policies to strengthen as well as patch up any defects in the information technology (IT) infrastructure in order to deter any escalation of attacks across the entire network. In essence, the main objective of the blue team is to protect all electronic assets (for example, proprietary databases, private and confidential information) owned by an organisation, regardless of whether it is hosted internally (i.e., on-premise) or externally (i.e., cloud-hosted).

That being said, blue team exercises are essentially the performance of all security operations centre (SOC) functions across multiple simulated cybersecurity threats to evaluate the blue team’s competence at detecting, preventing, and mitigating any forms of security breaches. Upon completion of the blue team exercise, the red team will reveal their attack strategies and tactics, whilst the blue team will take note of these data points to evaluate their defence mechanisms. Thus, this simulation enables the blue team to pinpoint vulnerable areas within a business network so that they are able to make the necessary improvements to their system. As a result, similar attacks in the future will have a much lower chance of succeeding again.

On the other hand, in certain scenarios, the red and blue teams may interact closely with each other during attack simulations to evaluate the blue team’s defence strategy as well as advise them on ways to manage the security breaches if they are facing any challenges. Simply put, this form of exercise is best known as purple team exercises. Another important aspect to take note of is that the red teams are usually third-party organisations employed on a contractual basis to examine the strength of a company’s security network by challenging any present weaknesses. Conversely, blue teams are often the in-house IT professionals who work in 24/7 shifts to protect the company’s digital assets at all times. They generally possess an inside-out perspective of the organisation and help to defend the company against all cyber-intruders.

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Why Do Businesses Need Blue Team Assessments?

Investing in performing blue team exercises is vital to ensure that a company’s security system is rarely prone to malicious external attacks.

In particular, the adversarial nature of managing a cybersecurity threat provides the internal defence team with invaluable training and team-building opportunity on top of an exercise that cultivates a competitive drive to build even more advanced defence networks. Meanwhile, the act of studying, refining, and testing company security networks prompt the development of cutting-edge cybersecurity systems in preparation for any advanced threats in the future.

How is a Blue Team Exercise Conducted?

Blue team members are in charge of looking out for any security breaches and responding to them should such attacks be spotted.

For blue team members, the job scope comprises studying the current security systems established by the organization and proactively implementing the necessary changes to address any recognised vulnerabilities and flaws.

Blue Team Tasks

  • Perform a digital footprint analysis
  • Install and configure endpoint security software as well as company firewalls
  • Conduct domain name system (DNS) audits
  • Monitor network traffic
  • Examine any suspicious activities within the company network
  • Utilise least-privilege accesses

Crucial Skills for a Blue Team

Threat intelligence

It is imperative for blue team members to be well-educated about the diverse forms of cybersecurity-related threats to plan the appropriate defence systems. In short, this skill is essential for the blue team to always remain a step ahead of intruders.

Risk assessment

The ability of the blue team members to determine critical electronic assets that are most vulnerable to cybersecurity breaches is essential so that they would be able to prioritise the necessary resources to defend them

System strengthening techniques

The capability to acknowledge flaws and vulnerabilities within a business network is only helpful if the blue team is capable of developing suitable strategies to address them.

Threat detection tools

Blue team professionals are expected to be well-versed with the latest security and information event management (SIEM) software, intrusion prevention systems (IPS), intrusion detection systems (IDS), honeypots, alongside packet analysis tools (such as Wireshark) in order to defend an organisation against cyber-attacks.

Blue Team Exercise Best Practices

To conduct a successful blue team exercise, Mindfire’s cyber security experts undertake these critical steps within the project methodology:


Our experts will speak to the key person in charge to learn about the company’s security system and determine its current competencies in detecting threats and responding to cybersecurity attacks. Mindfire's experts will also comprehensively evaluate the company’s cybersecurity strategies, with a particular focus placed on assessing the security technologies and protocols in place.


The IT experts will monitor the company’s security operations team during the attack simulation, whereby the red team would be executing customised attacks on the organisation’s network. Besides that, Mindfire's team will also interact directly with each member of the blue team to gain a more in-depth understanding of the role, experiences, skills, and defence tools employed during the simulated attack.


Mindfire’s team will work closely with the blue team members to offer guidance on how they could respond appropriately to the simulated threats deployed by the red team.

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Once the blue team exercise is complete, our specialists will provide a truthful and comprehensive review of the security system’s level of maturity. Furthermore, they will give action-oriented insights and guidance on how any observed system and/or protocol shortcomings could be addressed. Moreover, depending on its relevance, Mindfire's experts may establish either a maturity of the incident response plan or adherence to the incident response plan as part of offering an insight recommendation on how the organisation’s security network could be further strengthened in the long term.

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