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The Day Before

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When it comes to haunting events, we tend to remember the date: Dec. 7 (Pearl Harbor), Nov. 22 (Kennedy assassination), Sept. 11 (World Trade Center attack). As risk and security professionals, we also tend to start working on the problem retroactively the next day, doing our best to make sure something like it doesn’t happen again. What we don’t think about nearly as much is what was happening...

Red Teaming, A to Z

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Ask 26 red teamers to generate 26 random thoughts on red teaming, and the permutations that would ensue are such that you’d walk away before reading just a small fraction of the total. Just thinking about it is exhausting, so why not read just one (this one)? A: The “red” in “red teaming” traditionally refers to the adversary of interest—the adversary the red team emulates. B: Systems...

Syria: Asking the Right Questions (Before and After)

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The recent U.S. decision to hit a Syrian air field with cruise missiles has triggered a flurry of questions, both in the United States and abroad. It reminds me of RTJ Red Teaming Law #34 (“Question”): 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...

When to Red Team: Balancing Costs and Uncertainty

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In my last Red Teaming 101 Webinar, I shared a concept that I often discuss in my red teaming courses. It involves the issue of when you should red team the system of interest, where the system is some combination of people, technology, or processes. Like many issues connected with red teaming, the short answer is “it depends,” the middling answer is “it’s a tradespace,” and the long answer...

The 2017 Red Teamer’s Watchlist (Call for Titles)

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The 2017 Red Teamer’s Bookshelf was so popular, we’re going to try something new this year: a red teamer’s “watchlist”—or a list of the movies, TV shows, and videos you believe other red teamers should see. Contact us to let us know what you think should be on the list. As with the bookshelf, we’ll compile the titles and share them with you and your...

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