Growing Up a Red Teamer


The route I have taken as a red teamer has been a very interesting one. Last year, I attended a “Becoming Odysseus” course hosted by The Watermark Institute and Dr. Mark Mateski (founder of Red Team Journal). It’s highly recommended, and while our class of 12 varied, we all had a knack for alternative analyses. One of the most important discussion points I felt was the point by one of my...

18 Years On and We’re All Red Teamers Now


I launched Red Team Journal in 1997 because I thought the practice of red teaming was underappreciated.1 It’s now 2015, and we’re watching the practice ascend. Micah Zenko’s book Red Team was officially released today, and I expect it to bring well-deserved attention to both red teaming and red teamers. I even saw a tweet a few weeks ago claiming that “red teaming” was a “top cybersecurity...

Sometimes Chicken Little’s Right


As everyone now knows, Ebola is a confirmed risk in the United States. Whether you regard the current stream of Ebola news as “Chicken Little” hysterics or not, you’d be foolish to ignore it entirely. Remember, most risk practitioners define risk as the product of likelihood and consequence. In this case, the likelihood is going up, and the consequence is potentially catastrophic. In our book...

‘Everything Old Is New Again’


We’ve dipped into the RTJ archive to unearth a little gem from August 1998 titled “The Policy Game.” Sixteen years later it appears more than a little prescient but also disconcertingly timely. Remember that in 1998 we were all riding the dot-com wave, and 9/11 was still three years in the future. Here are a few excerpts:


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