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SANS Denver 2019


  • SANS Denver, CO USA (map)

TBT570: Team Based Training - Blue Team and Red Team Dynamic Workshop

TBT570: Team Based Training - Blue Team / Red Team Dynamic Workshop is a unique team-based training course. Student teams of three to five participants function together as part of a Blue team battling an adversary in real-time over multiple days and campaigns. The technical terrain is a realistic enterprise environment: The SANS Red/Blue Cyber Range.

This interactive exercise is designed for people who learn by actually doing. You will not be spoon-fed through lectures or follow-along labs in this session. Instead, you will participate in a dynamic, highly interactive exercise defending an environment under attack in real-time as you build your skills working alongside your team. The course is designed to help students build team skills, leadership abilities, and communication techniques, along with technical expertise, all while under fire in a series of increasingly complex scenarios.

Student Blue Teams use a variety of enterprise tools to analyze and respond to Advanced Persistent Threats deeply embedded in the environment, defending against a series of offensive campaigns. In addition to learning from the instructors and TAs throughout the exercise, students are encouraged to share their own skills and techniques to cross-pollinate good ideas between the different Blue Teams represented in the room.

During the course, the Blue team will build skills along a variety of fronts, including:

  • Analyzing network traffic for malfeasance

  • Identifying attacker artifacts and activities on a variety of different enterprise systems

  • Collecting and analyzing intel associated with the attack

  • Analyzing the malware used by attackers

  • Eradicating the attackers' presence from the environment

  • Thwarting the attacker's plot to disrupt the enterprise mission

The various groups participating in the exercise include:

  • The Blue Teams, made up of student attendees and lead by a SANS instructor

  • The SANS Red Team, consisting of SANS offensive experts who will engage the Blue Team

  • The White Cell, the overall organizer and authority in the exercise

  • The SANS Cyber Range Ops team, who run the Cyber Range to ensure its operation and stability

A SANS instructor will direct the Blue teams as they uncover the attacker's command-and-control (C2) channels and work to eradicate the adversary from compromised systems. SANS will provide skilled Red Team operators who will utilize the Tactics, Techniques, and Procedures (TTPs) to throw various Indicators of Compromise (IOCs) from real-world APT cases throughout the class as they work through a detailed Red Team campaigns designed to build skills of the Blue Team.

The SANS White Cell oversees the exercise and ensures that it runs smoothly, while the SANS Ops team runs the underlying cyber range infrastructure. Each day finishes with a live hot-wash discussion where the Red and Blue Teams review the activities from the day with the White Cell and each other to level-set and ensure specific learning objectives have been met. These afternoon discussions will also allow Blue Team members from different organizations (including commercial companies, government agencies, military groups, and more) to share their prospective and insights for dealing with such attacks.

The live, interactive battle will occur over five days, with a sixth and final day focused on the Blue Teams and the Red Team presenting their After Action Reviews (AARs) describing lessons learned. These reports make up a deliverable that students can bring back to their organization to share lessons learned and improve the security stance of their organization.

Author Statement

The SANS Blue Team / Red Team Dynamic Workshop course can really take an organization's skills to the next level. Whenever we've run this session, the take-aways have been INCREDIBLE - participants' skills and capabilities grow massively as they learn to function as an efficient team. And, the level-setting that we do at the end of each day helps ensure that the operations tempo remains vivid and exciting while learning occurs. This course is really an incredible opportunity for people who already have three or more years' experience and are looking to really ramp up their skills to be game changers in their organizations.

Earlier Event: October 5
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Later Event: October 23
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