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The Essence of a Superior Red Teamer

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We’re sometimes asked “What makes a good red teamer?” While the range of attributes is actually quite broad, it’s possible to distill these attributes to a finite or representative set. The following infographic captures what we believe to be at least a few of the superior red teamer’s most salient attributes. Enjoy! And for accessibility purposes, here’s the...

Red Teaming: Degrees of Influence and Control

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When red teaming, it’s often useful to model and distinguish elements of the engagement based on the degree of influence or control each actor exercises over these elements. For example, as the red team (RED), I unilaterally control some aspects of the engagement domain. I choose my goals, and I choose how to invest my time and resources. I also choose various aspects of my operational code. I...

Lost Keys and Sober Red Teams

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Like the proverbial drunk looking for his lost keys under the lamppost, many red teamers focus on what they know best. But if what they know best differs from what the adversaries know best? That’s a gap, and gaps can be problematic if not addressed, as we’ve discussed before.       We can recall, for example, more than one red teaming project in which the red team...

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...

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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