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Red Team

How to Succeed by Thinking Like the Enemy
Narrated by: Christopher Lane
Length: 11 hrs and 2 mins
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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.

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  • Pax S Whitmore
  • 12-07-2016

Repetitive

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.

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  • J. Stanford
  • 16-12-2016

This book was good but repetitive.

I looked the book. But some of the content seems to repeat. It could have been made a little shorter.

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  • rdwtux
  • 16-06-2017

dry. not captivating. repetitive.

lots of antedots, mostly with repetitive messaging. I couldn't finish it.

pretty dry and not captivating.

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  • Chris Z.
  • 18-02-2017

bottom line up front: Read it!



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.

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  • fellow traveler
  • 02-11-2016

A good book in need of bit more editing

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

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  • ravjr
  • 05-10-2018

Rehashing of

Looking for a mindset, got a bunch of CFR nonsense. If you need a pseudo history lesson type of book, this it it.

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  • Owen Graham
  • 18-01-2018

Just OK

This book was interesting if you have zero background in Red Teaming or executing scenario exercises of a company. Otherwise, it was largely a blinding flash of the obvious. The examples were very good and quite alarming. I had hoped this would be about Red Teaming a corporate strategy. It was not.

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  • Nicholas
  • 14-11-2017

Awesome

Very detailed and clear. The book is about the mindset of red teamers, the importance of red teaming to help organizations make critical decisions, avoid pitfalls, prepare for worse case scenarios and break away from group think.

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  • Nate
  • 08-10-2017

Beneficial Overview

This was a great listen regarding the understanding and introduction to Red Teaming. For those involved in any sort of “devil’s advocate” role, this provides the listener/reader with a baseline understanding of how to approach the role, potential fallacies involved in exercising the role, and guidelines for building upon the role.

This isn’t a how-to book in the technical/manual sense, so if you’re looking for a solve-all problem to your own Red Team approach, I wouldn’t rely solely on this, however, it provides (as stated) a good baseline upon which to build.

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  • Jackson Adams
  • 17-02-2017

good for a quick listen

cool to hear how the methodology works across sectors. wish it had focused more on cyber.

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  • Joe Morrison
  • 15-04-2017

Not enough detail

I was hoping for more information. On the actual working of how to undertake red team operations. This was no more detailed than a wiki page

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  • Richard B
  • 16-01-2016

Learning about what Red Teaming is all about.

What made the experience of listening to Red Team the most enjoyable?

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.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Probably not, as it is quite long...

Any additional comments?

Shame where was not a companion eBook (at time of purchase).

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  • Ryan Law
  • 08-10-2016

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.