Lares Purple Team Testing: Collaborative Cybersecurity Assessments

Lares Purple Teaming combines the offensive capabilities of Red Teams with the defensive expertise of Blue Teams in a highly collaborative approach. This method not only strengthens your organization's security defenses but also fosters a dynamic environment for continuous security enhancement through active identification, testing, and improvement of protective measures.

Purple Teaming / Collaborative Effort


Engage in dynamic, real-time attack and defense scenarios through our collaborative Purple Teaming. By integrating the offensive strategies of Red Teams with the defensive acumen of Blue Teams, we expose vulnerabilities, rigorously test defenses, and continuously refine incident responses to bolster your security posture.

Defensive Control Analysis



Enhance your defensive strategies with our in-depth control analysis. Our experts evaluate your security controls against stringent industry benchmarks and best practices, identifying and eliminating redundancies to strengthen your defenses and optimize resource allocation.

Defensive Capability Measurement & Improvement

Elevate your security maturity consistently with our capability measurement services. We offer detailed evaluations and provide actionable insights, enabling incremental enhancements to your defenses, all tailored to your specific business needs and without disrupting ongoing operations.

Adversarial Simulation

Challenge your security measures with our sophisticated adversarial simulations designed to mirror real-world threats. These scenarios are crafted to test and enhance your team's detection and response capabilities, offering crucial insights for security improvement.

Table-Top Scenario & Planning

Strengthen preparedness with our table-top exercises, which involve realistic security breach scenarios tailored to your industry. These exercises enhance your team's strategic response and decision-making capabilities under pressure, ensuring readiness for actual incidents.

Custom Solutions and Organizational Alignment

At Lares, each Purple Teaming engagement is uniquely tailored to align with your organizational goals. Our approach ensures that the security strategies we develop are not only effective but seamlessly integrate with your business objectives, enhancing both security and operational efficiency.

Real-World Attack Emulation

We excel in simulating real-world attack scenarios, making our Purple Teaming exercises as rigorous as actual cyber-attacks. This method ensures that every aspect of your cybersecurity setup is tested under realistic conditions, helping to highlight vulnerabilities and enhance incident response strategies effectively.

Security Product Value Assessment

Our Purple Teaming service includes a thorough assessment of your existing security tools to determine their effectiveness and efficiency. Lares identifies any coverage blind spots or unnecessary redundancies, offering strategies to optimize your security investments and enhance overall protection without additional expenditures.

Empowering Your Security with Collaborative Purple Teaming

Executives: The Top 5 Purple Team Findings of 2022

Lares has analyzed the similarities between hundreds of purple team engagements in 2022. Here is what we found.

Who you will be working with:

 

Principal Adversarial Engineer

Dave Storie

Senior Adversarial Engineer

Raúl Redondo

North America Adversarial Engineering Lead

Brendan Hohenadel

Senior Adversarial Engineer

Steve Spence

Principal Adversarial Engineer

Chris Pritchard

Senior Adversarial Engineer

Neil Lines

Senior Adversarial Engineer

Aidan Mitchell

Principal Adversarial Engineer

Dave Storie

Dave got his start in IT working as a Systems Administrator learning to deploy, manage and maintain enterprise networks before pivoting to offensive security. Dave has performed a variety of security testing throughout his career with the majority of his security career focused on conducting full scale Red Team operations. He holds OSCP and OSCE certifications and has spoken at BSides Toronto and multiple student groups in the Greater Toronto Area about working in Information Security.

Senior Adversarial Engineer

Raúl Redondo

Raúl is a specialist in offensive security with more than 7 years of experience. While he has experience in various fields, such as web and mobile audits, social engineering campaigns and cloud pentests (AWS, Azure, GCP), he has specialized in red/purple team projects, being passionate about Windows and Active Directory. Raúl holds several certifications, including Xintra’s Attacking and Defending Azure and M365, CRTO, OSCP, OSWE, OSEP, OSWP, among others. He also serves as an associate professor in Master’s Degree in Cybersecurity and Information Security from Castilla-La Mancha University. He consistently aims to add extra value to projects by thinking outside the box. Raúl enjoys spending time with his family, practicing sports, playing video games, watching movies, and hiking.

North America Adversarial Engineering Lead

Brendan Hohenadel

Brendan got his beginning in desktop support before moving over to security, first as defense before switching sides for offensive security. His current focus is malware development and payload delivery, as well as scouring enterprise networks for vulnerabilities, misconfigurations, and loot. Brendan has a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and CISSP, OSCP, and OSCE certifications. He has presented at DefCon416, BsidesTO, and has participated in C3X. In his spare time, Brendan enjoys practicing a variety of martial arts, reading comic books, playing video games, and gardening.

Senior Adversarial Engineer

Steve Spence

Steve is an experienced adversarial security engineer and penetration testing team leader. Having worked across multiple high-profile sectors such as, GOV, Defence, FinTech, Banking, Medical and Health Insurance, resulted in accumulating over 15+ years of security experience, spanning physical security breaches, cyber security and social engineering.

Steve regularly helps develop and deliver targeted penetration testing, scenario-based engagements, while working alongside ‘in-house’ security teams to help mature their security posture. Steve has also attained/held a number of industry recognized security certifications from the likes of ITIL, CompTIA, SANS, Tiger Scheme and GCHQ.

In addition to his day-to-day responsibilities, Steve has volunteered at well-known security conferences, such as 44Con, BSides and SteelCon in order to give back to the security community.

Principal Adversarial Engineer

Chris Pritchard

Chris has worked in a range of industries, most notable of which are Critical National Infrastructure (CNI), and leading edge design and manufacturing (Dyson). Doing so has given Chris a very varied array of knowledge, from penetration testing robot vacuum cleaners, to designing and testing secure ICS/OT networks.

During Chris’ time at Dyson, he was involved in developing the global security team and performing internal penetration testing. Chris was also heavily involved with securing the design of Dyson’s current and future internet connected appliances, and corresponding smartphone applications. 

Chris is an Adversarial Engineer (aka penetration tester) at Lares which involves him acting and thinking like a genuine attacker to compromise client networks. Chris’ skill set also includes Social Engineering, and he has successfully gained access into CNI, Airports and Casinos, which are regarded as some of the most secure facilities in the industry.

Chris has been lucky enough to have spoken at DefCon twice, and many different BSides’ across the country.

Senior Adversarial Engineer

Neil Lines

Neil Lines is an offensive security, red team specialist, with over ten years’ experience in performing internal, external infrastructure, web application, social engineering, and red team engagements. Before specializing in security Neil worked for over four years in IT engineering roles including desktop, networking support and design. Neil regularly performs guest lectures on penetration testing and has spoken at many security conferences. Over the years Neil has collected over nine industry recognized IT certifications from the likes of CREST, Tigerscheme, EC-Council and Cisco.

Senior Adversarial Engineer

Aidan Mitchell

Aidan has worked across both offensive and defensive security disciplines for almost a decade. This included several years in the fintech space, exposed to the rapidly changing world of DevOps, containerisation, and cloud security. His focus in recent years has been on developing effective tradecraft for targeting cloud- and SaaS-native enterprises. He works to a mantra of building before you break, spending considerable time developing, implementing, and deploying the technologies used by the industry to guarantee an intimate familiarity with the problems that clients face.

Some of our Delighted Customers

"The expertise and professionalism that Lares' Purple Team brings to the table are unmatched. We will definitely be bringing them back for future engagements."
Benjamin Vaughn
SVP & CISO, Hyatt
"They wanted to see us succeed as much as we wanted to see us succeed. This is why, 10 years later, we are still having this conversation."
Jeffrey Hecht
(Former) Chief Compliance & Security Officer, The Word & Brown Companies
"The biggest benefit of having a Lares vCISO is getting guidance on how to tackle security issues and determining a realistic approach on how to address them."
Andrew Casceillo
Corporate Director of Technical Services, Ulbrich Stainless Steel and Speciality Metals Inc.

CASE STUDY: Word & Brown

Using a culture of security as a baseline, Word & Brown achieved compliance because of its security journey — not in spite of it.

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