The Red Teamer’s Manifesto

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The red teamer is that rare contrarian who cares more about getting the job done right than poking someone in the eye or winning the corporate game.

  • Red teamers mine information from everywhere (but view all information as suspect).
  • Red teamers know when to talk and when to listen (and generally listen more than they talk).
  • Red teamers realize everyone holds a skewed perspective (even themselves).
  • Red teamers don’t kowtow to rank, title, or status (unless it serves their purpose).
  • Red teamers never demean or dismiss the adversary (and raise the red flag when it happens).
  • Red teamers see patterns instead of points (knowing that patterns are usually points in a larger pattern).
  • Red teamers worry more about learning than about being right (appreciating that they often learn the most when they’re wrong).
  • Red teamers understand the value of ego (but don’t let ego derail the hunt).
  • Red teamers know when to ask questions (but always question the answers).
  • Red teamers embrace skepticism (while shunning contempt).

I’m a red teamer:

  • I ask questions even when
 the answer seems obvious.
  • I entertain all relevant perspectives.
  • I protect my clients from their adversaries and from themselves.

Red Team Manifesto (see text on page)

Cross-posted at Reciprocal Strategies.

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