Red Teamer

A Red Teamer tests an organization’s detection and response capabilities in a more targeted way than a penetration tester.

Role overview

A Red Team assessment is far more targeted than penetration testing. A Red Teamer's responsibility is not to find as many vulnerabilities as possible, but to access sensitive information that achieves their unique goal. They do this by acting as swiftly and quietly as possible, emulating a malicious actor. Red Team assessments are employed to rigorously test an organization’s detection and response capabilities.

Red Teamers
may also be referred to as:
Offensive Security Engineer
Red Team Tester
Threat and Attack Simulation Security Engineer
Threat Simulation Analyst

Career Path

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Average Salary

Based upon experience, salary for this role ranges from:
National Average
* based upon those with two plus years of cybersecurity experience


Performing testing on a wide scope of systems, including web applications, security controls, network infrastructure, wireless, and mobile deployments.
Working as a team to explore the network until they reach their goal, taking their time to avoid detection.
Planning, executing, reporting, and leading testing activities and outcomes.
Executing covert Red Team Cyber operations to mimic adversary tactics and work closely to test exploits.

Tools & Environment

Red Teamers need experience with computer languages like Python, Powershell, and Golang, and common testing tools like Kali, Metasploit, Wireshark, and Web Inspect. They should be able to work with web application technologies and layer 7 protocols including HTTP, DNS, FTP, and also need a deep, up-to-date understanding of the latest exploits, and vulnerabilities.


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