Beware the ‘Circle Trigonists’

by Red Team Journal on July 26, 2014

All Red Team Journal readers should immediately head over to War Is Boring for an engaging story on America’s sinister Cold War “RED,” the “Circle Trigonists.” The article raises several issues sophisticated red teamers should consider when crafting notional competitors and adversaries. Foremost, sophisticated red teamers should always be mindful of how their notional adversaries differ from their potential real-world ones. As we note in the “Becoming Odysseus” course, “The gap between real-world adversaries and the red team is essential to understand, specify, and communicate. Think carefully about who your red team represents. Making bad assumptions here can undermine your whole effort.”

‘Becoming Odysseus’

by Editor on July 15, 2014

We recently completed a successful two-day red teaming course in the DC area with The Watermark Institute. We had a full room with over 20 attendees and are looking to run additional sessions this fall and winter. The current course–which we’ve titled “Becoming Odysseus”–features 20 modules and exercises that we can mix and match depending on the attendees’ interests. Check out the new one-page description for more details.

Red Teaming Law #34

June 17, 2014

We’ve just added Red Team Journal Red Teaming Law #34: In many ways, the art of red teaming is actually the art of asking the right questions, from the right perspective, at the right time. Ask the wrong questions, and it almost doesn’t matter how well your red team performs. You can find the previous […]

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June Update

June 11, 2014

Yes, things have been quiet at RTJ recently. Like you, we’ve all been very busy, running from one thing to the next. For those who need a more regular dose of red teaming, check out our Twitter feed (although be aware of the June 11 TweetDeck hack). We’ve also added a new red teaming law […]

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The RTJ Quotes Page

May 19, 2014

We don’t talk about it much, but we do maintain a quotes page on the site. Our aim is to find out-of-the way quotes you might not have encountered before. We added a new one today from M. John Harrison that we particularly like. Take a look. Let us know if you have one you […]

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Upcoming Presentation: “The Devil Does Not Exist”

May 19, 2014

The briefings for Blackhat® USA 2014 were announced today. Red Team Journal founder Mark Mateski and FusionX‘s Matt Devost are teaming to present “‘The Devil Does Not Exist’–The Role of Deception in Cyber.” Read the abstract here, and definitely look us up if you’re there.

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Faster Toward Disaster: A Brief Thought on OODA Loops

April 18, 2014

John Boyd’s OODA loop (observe-orient-decide-act) is a useful method of ordering the critical train of thought and action inherent in most conflict and competition. You can find dozens of books and papers discussing Boyd’s model, and many hold it as axiomatic. A measure of its everyday influence is the ubiquity of the phrase “get inside […]

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Heartbleeding Red: What’s a Red Teamer to Do?

April 9, 2014

The recently exposed Heartbleed bug in OpenSSL raises an interesting question for you, the crackerjack red teamer: how far should you take your red teaming? (Since most of you don’t red team for free, the natural companion question is “How far should your customer take their red teaming?”) To wit, do you limit your red […]

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See It Like Jones Would: The J-Switch Talisman

April 2, 2014

When flying over occupied Europe in 1941, many British bomber pilots left their I.F.F. (identification, friend or foe) transponders on, believing that the signals jammed the German radar-guided spotlights. British scientific intelligence leader R. V. Jones suspected otherwise, and he reasoned that leaving the I.F.F. on (via the so-called J-switch) was a no-win strategy for […]

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‘Everyday Red Teaming’ at

March 31, 2014

It’s worth heading over to to check out their latest: “Plan, Execute, and Vanish–Everyday Red Teaming.” It’s a great article on how to use red teaming for all sorts of problems. Their analogy of seeing both the inside and the outside of the cube is powerful.

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