How much does a data breach cost?

Get insights from real breaches in the Cost of a Data Breach report


Even organizations with strong security controls and processes may not be able to detect and contain a breach quickly. Without practice, your security “blue teams” are unlikely to effectively detect and respond to a real breach scenario. Adversary simulation exercises, which include red teaming, purple teaming, control testing and tuning, and threat intel testing, can find and fill gaps in your incident response teams, controls and processes, to help you minimize the damage if a breach occurs.

Red shield


Test your tools

Discover gaps in your detection and response tools by simulating attacks designed to evade them. Tune your tools to improve their detection capabilities. Simulated attacks are mapped to the MITRE ATT&CK Framework.

Test your teams

Red teaming and purple teaming exercises can help measure how well your incident response blue teams can detect and respond to an attack. While red teaming incorporates stealth, purple teaming is collaborative. Your blue team works with our red team to build attack scenarios.

Test your programs

Concerned about ransomware or other headliner threats? Threat intel testing can measure the effectiveness of your incident response programs against high-profile attacks by simulating methodologies being used by attackers.

Choose the right adversary simulation engagement

Red teaming

Two call center workers

Red teaming

Using advanced threat emulation, X-Force® Red evaluates your security operation blue team’s detection and response capabilities. We use stealth and evasion techniques to compromise your organization and achieve predetermined objectives. After the exercise, our red team meets with your blue team and provides a narrative of the processes used, along with recommendations to close gaps.

Purple teaming

Person leaning over desk with laptop

Purple teaming

Like red teaming, our team creates and executes attack scenarios mapped to the MITRE ATT&CK Framework and your business objectives. Unlike red teaming, purple teaming is more collaborative. Our red team plans scenarios with your blue team before execution. At the end of the engagement, we sit down to compare findings and provide remediation recommendations.

Control tuning

Person in control center surrounded by monitors

Control tuning

Like red and purple teaming, our team creates attack scenarios, although the objective is to only measure the effectiveness of your detection tools. By working from an attacker’s perspective, we can help improve detection accuracy and coverage in your security stack.

Threat intelligence testing

Aerial view of traffic circle

Threat intelligence testing

X-Force Red can simulate a specific type of attack based on threat intelligence gathered from external and internal sources. Simulated attacks can include ransomware and other high-profile malware attacks.

Related X-Force Red services

Social engineering services

Customized phishing, vishing (phone calls) and physical ruses executed to test the risk of employees falling for real attacks.

Penetration testing

Test your applications, networks, hardware and personnel to uncover and fix vulnerabilities.

Vulnerability management

Identify, prioritize and remediate vulnerabilities exposing your most critical assets.


Latest on cyber security simulation and testing

Read articles about new vulnerabilities and attack methods, and learn more about the X-Force Red team.

Latest on security services

Security intelligence topics, including recent research and best practices.

Related solutions

Incident response solutions

Orchestrate your incident response to unify the organization in the event of a cyberattack with a team of experts, available 24x7x365.

Security orchestration, automation and response

Accelerate incident response with automation, process standardization and integration with your existing security tools.

Security information and event management

Centralized visibility to detect, investigate and respond to your most critical organization-wide cybersecurity threats.

Talk to a hacker