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.
Cross-posted at Reciprocal Strategies.