The Red Team Mindset

Adversaries don’t play by any rules. Attackers adapt and learn from their failures. A good red teamer then, has to adapt and play by the same rules of the adversary, in other words: no rules.

Using Ridiculous Thinking, the red teamer plays with ideas and extracts the pieces that have the potential to work when combined with each other. The application of this, coupled with other alternative analysis techniques provide a comprehensive set of potential adversarial attacks on a given concept.

Possible attacks on the classic three fronts - digital, physical and human - exploit each front’s weaknesses separately or as a combination to generate successful scenarios where the adversaries win.

Red teams play with situational awareness or lack thereof. Like an adversary, they identify patterns that link individuals to systems, systems to networks, and networks to the full target.