Sayings of the Jaunty Man

by Red Team Journal on November 19, 2014

You met the Jaunty Man in Red Teaming Law #1. He’s confident, smug, and often quite persuasive. He has a knack for dismissing the call for red teaming and frequently turns it back against the initiator, subtly calling into question the initiator’s judgment. On top of that, he’s right more often than he’s wrong, and even when he’s wrong, he can persuade many that he was actually right.

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I Red Teamed Today, Have You? (Updated)

by Red Team Journal on November 16, 2014

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Red Teaming More than Pentesting, Says New Microsoft Report

November 15, 2014

The Interwebs are all atwitter over a new Microsoft report differentiating between red teaming and pentesting. Among other things, the report advocates a whole-systems approach that includes BLUE. Who knew? No, we’re not a ~$400B company (we’ve done this for free since 1997), but we not-so-modestly have to say “We did!” And we’ve been saying […]

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Why We Red Team: The Tyranny of Uncertainty

November 13, 2014

As red teamers, we sometimes assume that the need for red teaming is self-evident, and, given this assumption, we proceed to promote the practice through example and anecdote (the more entertaining, the better): “Look what happened to Company X! They forgot to red team, poor fools,” or “You won’t believe what our extremely clever red […]

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‘Wheezers and Dodgers’

November 6, 2014

For those of you who love to read good engineering stories, consider picking up Gerald Pawle’s 1956 book The Wheezers and Dodgers: The Inside Story of Clandestine Weapon Development in World War II (originally titled The Secret War, 1939–1945). In the book, Pawle documents the efforts of the British Admiralty’s Department of Miscellaneous Weapons Development […]

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What’s Your Favorite Law?

October 30, 2014

Let us know what you think. Vote for your favorite RTJ Law of Red Teaming. We know red teamers, so we won’t try to stop you from voting repeatedly or randomly. 3 Nov. Update: Law #2 (“The Skeptical Eye”) currently has the lead.

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October 26, 2014

While Red Teaming Law #1 (“Jaunty Man”) comes first and generally trumps the other laws, Law #26 (“Sneer”) is a worthy companion in hubris. We’ve just created a new card for it and thought you might enjoy it. We’re particularly pleased with the serendipitous fit between title, text, and picture. Don’t forget to review the […]

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Denial and Inflation

October 23, 2014

Red teaming is useful for articulating the possible. That said, when something is possible it doesn’t mean it’s likely; it just means it can be done or it could happen. The following questions are among those that still need to be answered. Is it economical, and to whom? Is it feasible, and to whom? Is […]

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The Con and the Hypercon

October 18, 2014

For those of you who missed our presentation at BlackHat this year, let me introduce you to three terms I use to characterize deception: Eye-to-eye: A game in which both (all) players see the same game. No players assume that any other player sees anything different. Con: A game in which at least one player […]

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The Will to Win

October 18, 2014

Here’s another post from the RTJ archive, this time from Dec. 2003. It nicely complements my piece on the 2003 decision to go to war. I think the ideas in “The Will to Win” hold up well today, though I have to admit I’ve grown more cynical in the intervening 11 years.       While most observers […]

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