Wrangling Cats: How We Coordinate Red Team Testing

Presented at BSidesLV 2023, Aug. 8, 2023, 5:30 p.m. (20 minutes)

Cybersecurity testing can be a challenging endeavor for an organization and managing this effort can add an additional layer of complexity due to the collaboration and administration that is required. Having a dedicated resource that can provide this level of coordination for an organization's Red Team is vital to ongoing success, freeing them to do the research. During this presentation we will explore an end-to-end process that can be utilized to coordinate Red Team testing, how we leverage Jira to enhance the organization of assessments and connecting with our business partners for solution engineering. The coordination of Red Team assessments includes the initial onboarding of the request, prioritization, scoping, resource allocation, training, account provisioning, removing obstacles, and tracking and communicating status is involved throughout the duration of the engagement. By sharing an end-to-end process that a dedicated resource can use to coordinate an organization's Red Team, the attendees of this conference will be provided with the knowledge and tools that they can adopt in their companies to enhance their Red Team.


  • Jennifer Traband
    Jennifer Traband has been a technology professional for the past 28 years; including 18 years as a Project Manager. Having started her career in hardware and software support and administration of automated teller machines (ATM) and desktop computers and servers before becoming a Project Manager provided her the experience and insight to be able to partner with technicians, engineers, and testers in a more relatable fashion. As a Project Manager, Jennifer has managed infrastructure NET NEW buildouts, installations, migrations, and decommissions for Fortune 500 companies in technology, telecommunications, and financial industries. In her current role, she provides the administration and coordination backbone for a Red Team of a financial institution through the utilization of Jira to facilitate the adoption of Agile (Scrum) and Lean (Kanban) methodologies.


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