Red teaming. It is a practice as old as the Devil's Advocate, the 11th-century Vatican official charged with discrediting candidates for sainthood. Today, red teams - comprised primarily of fearless skeptics and those assuming the role of saboteurs who seek to better understand the interests, intentions, and capabilities of institutions or potential competitors - are used widely in both the public and private sector. Red teaming, including simulations, vulnerability probes, and alternative analyses, helps institutions in competitive environments to identify vulnerabilities and weaknesses, challenge assumptions, and anticipate potential threats ahead of the next special operations raid, malicious cyberattack, or corporate merger. But not all red teams are created equal; indeed, some cause more damage than they prevent.
In Red Team, national security expert Micah Zenko provides an in-depth investigation into the work of red teams, revealing the best practices, most common pitfalls, and most effective applications of these modern-day Devil's Advocates. The best practices of red teaming can be applied to the CIA, NYPD, or a pharmaceutical company, and executed correctly they can yield impressive results: red teams give businesses an edge over their competition, poke holes in vital intelligence estimates, and troubleshoot dangerous military missions long before boots are on the ground. But red teams are only as good as leaders allow them to be, and Zenko shows not only how to create and empower red teams, but also what to do with the information they produce.
Essential listening for business leaders and policymakers alike, Red Team will revolutionize the way organizations think about, exploit, compensate for, and correct their institutional strengths and weaknesses. Drawing on little-known case studies and unprecedented access to elite red teamers in the United States and abroad, Zenko shows how any group - from military units to friendly hackers - can win by thinking like the enemy.
©2015 Micah Zenko (P)2015 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.
good book with solid information about this nebulous concept of teaming. I think the book does a great job of respecting the complex emergent nature of red teaming techniques but I think this makes it a bit of a long slog since the author often avoids oversimplifying
The first hour or two are good, focusing on red team best practices, but it quickly turns into a slog of repetitive anecdotes. The narration is dull and the word "moreover" is used way too often. Only made it about halfway.
To understand how to defend against the bad guys, you have to learn to think like the bad guys. However, thinking like the bad guys is simply not enough...You also have to understand the institutional barriers, paradigms, and cultural norms that may be preventing your organization from realizing its full potential in the war against cyber threats. This book helps explain the benefits of thinking like the enemy at various levels:
- challenging preconceived notions and organizational biases
- applying divergent thought processes to a business problem...most often playing the "Devil's Advocate" (an eleventh century Vatican official whose role was to discredit sainthood candidates, and is often considered the birth of true Red Teaming).
- discovering potential flaws and areas of opportunity in an organization's people, processes, and technology
Coming from a military and government cyber background, I loved this book. For those who didn't have a security clearance when they were 18 like I did, you are likely to learn about some very interesting real-world use cases you never heard before. I've had the luck and pleasure of being a member of, and leading multiple Red Teams, and have worked with one of the best in game today. Not just a book for those that work in a government setting...These principles can be applied to ANY industry vertical, and could very well become a standard part of your every day risk based decision making process.
Fundamentally changed thinking
Guns, Germs and Steel because it significantly altered the way I looked at the world in ways I hadn't expected.
No characters. The narrator was great.
I am my own best devil
As a corporate trainer I believe this book would be greatly enhanced with a companion workbook to help people begin the red team process in their organization.
Repetitive. Very repetitive. Very, very repetitive. Should have been condensed down to about half the length.
Acronyms are plentiful without adding much to the idea of the book, Overall it was extremely helpful to understand the alternative critical thinking process. I would absolutely recommend it.
"Dense content... Needs to be read 2 or 3 times"
Not what I was expecting. In many ways red team is alot like communism... great on paper but impossible to manage in the real world.
"Learning about what Red Teaming is all about."
This is a good introduction to what Red Teaming is all about. Although US biased, examples and explanations could be applied to almost any type of global company. The book gives you a good grasp of setting up a Red Team and the pitfalls to avoid. The author gives real-life examples of how Red Teams were deployed and the outcomes.
Probably not, as it is quite long...
Shame where was not a companion eBook (at time of purchase).
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