Physical Red Team Assessment

Physical red teaming (or physical penetration testing) is a type of security assessment that focuses on evaluating the physical security measures in place at a facility or organisation (as opposed to a traditional red team assessment that tests an organisation’s cyber resilience). It involves a simulated attack by security professionals to assess vulnerabilities and weaknesses in the physical infrastructure and access controls of a target location.

A physical red team assessment is often required for compliance with industry regulations and standards, such as those for financial institutions, healthcare providers, or government agencies.

Additionally, testing helps organisations identify and mitigate potential security risks, strengthen their physical security controls, and enhance overall security awareness among employees. It can also provide insights into the effectiveness of security policies and procedures.

A physical red team assessment is a critical component of a comprehensive security strategy, focusing on the assessment of physical security measures to safeguard against unauthorised access and protect valuable assets.


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The Benefits of Physical Red Teaming

Physical Red Team Assessment

In Depth
Security Review

Detailed view on what your security posture looks like from an adversarial perspective.


Identify Areas
of Weakness

Highlight likely areas of security weakness that could be exploited by a threat actor.


Employee Pattern
of Live Trend Analysis

Identify if employees are putting themselves and your organisation at risk of compromise.


Physical and Personnel
Control Strength and Maturity

Test organisational control strengths and evaluate risk mitigation plans.

The Razorthorn Approach

Physical red team assessments are essential in assessing and enhancing any organisation’s security. It involves a series of meticulously planned and executed stages to evaluate the effectiveness of physical security measures. Our process is designed to identify vulnerabilities, test security protocols, and provide actionable recommendations to fortify your premises against unauthorised access or breaches. Here’s an overview of our approach:

Pre-Engagement Phase

  • Defining clear objectives for the test to align with the organisation’s security goals.
  • Obtaining necessary authorisation to ensure legal and ethical compliance.
  • Assembling a team of skilled penetration testers with expertise to match the requirements.

Information Gathering Phase

  • Conducting reconnaissance to understand the physical layout and security infrastructure.
  • Engaging in social engineering techniques to gather intel on employee routines and potential security loopholes.

Planning Phase

  • Develop realistic attack scenarios tailored to the specific environment and security systems.
  • Setting clear rules of engagement to ensure safety and adherence to legal boundaries.

Testing Phase

  • Executing physical access tests using methods like lock picking, tailgating and exploiting system vulnerabilities.
  • Implementing social engineering tests to evaluate employee response to security breaches.

Reporting Phase

  • Keeping detailed logs of all testing activities, findings and observations.
  • Utilising photographs and videos to document and support findings.

Documentation Phase

  • Conducting a thorough vulnerability assessment to pinpoint weaknesses and security gaps.
  • Offering targeted recommendations for improving physical security measures.

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