Understanding Blue Team Roles
Red team, blue team, purple team. Phishing, scanning, engineering. For those outside of the cyber security world, this might sound like the start of another great Dr. Seuss book, but in reality, these are the words associated with the highly skilled experts who are responsible for protecting an organization’s most critical assets from bad actors trying to break in.
We're continuing to take a look at what life is like as a red, blue, or purple team member and the many ways you can kickstart or accelerate your cyber security career through holistic training and certification prep.
What does a blue team member do?
Blue team members are responsible for protecting vital company information from outside threats. If you were building a castle, the blue team members would be the ones responsible for digging the moat, reinforcing the walls, and strategically placing guards around the castle walls.
Castle analogies aside, blue team members are a key component in the overall defense of organizational data. Their role includes conducting security evaluations, gathering data, documenting findings as well as implementing electronic and physical security policies. In addition, they may find themselves completing audits, carrying out risk assessments, and initializing vulnerability scans to analyze network traffic.
Regardless of what role you play within a blue team, attention to detail and the ability to think creatively while problem solving is crucial. Your ultimate goal is to identify potential areas of weakness and establish the appropriate security measures to ensure even the best cyber criminal is unable to break through your company’s fortress.
What are blue team careers?
In a survey conducted by Exabeam, 96% of companies reported they are performing blue team tests. This has led to a growing demand for defensive security experts, and in turn, a growing number of career opportunities available for anyone looking to begin their blue team journey.
Cyber Security Engineer
This role is instrumental in deploying, operating, and scaling a high-performance network that ensures availability and security.
Cyber Security Analyst
A Cyber Security Analyst detects cyber threats and then implements changes to protect an organization.
Incident Response Manager
An Incident Response Manager provides hands-on assistance with incident response activities, creates and presents high-quality deliverables, and recommends specific countermeasures and mitigating controls.
How does INE help?
Practice your detection and remediation tactics or learn new ones in a completely virtual, risk-free environment which features a comprehensive library of hands-on labs and training material. Our in-depth solutions cover every topic you need to maintain your organization’s security while giving you a place to practice your skills before putting them to use on-the-job.
In addition to virtual labs and quizzes, you can work your way through your defensive security training with our Learning Paths, designed to help you keep track of your progress while keeping an eye on what’s left to conquer. Learning Paths cover a variety of topics including digital forensics, incident handling & response, malware analysis, and more, and have been carefully designed to ensure information is presented clearly and effectively for a seamless learning experience.
Our virtual labs, quizzes, and instructor-led training videos have all been designed with your success in mind and will help you master key cyber security analysis, identification, and defense techniques for a well-rounded training experience.
Learn more about INE Cyber Security training today!