Red Team: How to Succeed by Thinking Like the Enemy

By Micah Zenko
Red teaming. It is a practice as old as the Devil s Advocate, the eleventh-century Vatican official charged with discrediting candidates for sainthood. Today, red teamscomprised 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 competitorsare 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 reading 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 groupfrom military units to friendly hackerscan win by thinking like the enemy.
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"War on the Rocks" "An excellent book.... There are few business or government officials who could not derive some insights from the wide breadth of examples Zenko exploits so effectively." "Soundview Executive Book Summaries" A gripping, deeply informed overview of red teaming"Red Team" is filled with harrowing stories of red-team failures but also successes in the domains of both national security and the private sector, where companies, for example, red team against hackers. These stories reinforce the crucially important strategies (e.g., red teams should inform, not decide) and best practices (e.g., red teams should be semi-independent but sensitive to the constraints of the organization) proposed by Zenko to help the world avoid another catastrophe such as 9/11. "Small Wars Journal" You will come away with a comprehensive understanding of what a Red Team is and how best to use one. For anyone interested in using a Red Team, developing one for their organization or have been tasked to participate on a Red Team this book is a must read. Lockboxx Blog An enlightening and warming book to read, as it codified many of the theories and beliefs red teamers have but have never put into any formal canon. an enjoyable and educational book, both from the perspective of a professional penetration tester and the perspective of a CEOMicah's six best red team practices are pretty spot on "Booklist" An excellent book. "Kirkus" Zenko explains, in absorbing detail, the value of red teams, groups formed to act as devil s advocatesZenko offers readers much to consider and an effective way to take action. "Washington Post," Book Party blog Zenko offers a compelling argument for forcing ourselves to think differently, which is ultimately the main purpose of a red team. Even if we won t know exactly what to expect, we might be better equipped to respond when the unexpected strikes. "Red Team Journal" [An] important book The time, intellectual effort, and monies allocated to the project were well spent, for the work is likely to become a significant milestone for the discipline. Red teaming is now poised to be widely introduced to mainstream American business and current affairs readership an impressive accomplishment. It has allowed for a glimpse of the entire red teaming universe to be provided to the reader in one work. As a reviewer, and someone who knows something about this discipline, I admittedly found myself learning quite a bit about red teaming applications with which I have not been associated in the past. What Dr. Peter Perla s book The Art of Wargaming did 25 years ago to help mainstream an understanding of military wargaming, we can only hope Dr. Zenko s new work will now do for the red teaming community. Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, director of the Army Capabilities Integration Center and deputy commanding general for future at the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command [Zenko's] valuable analysis and advice will be of particular interest to executives, and anyone charged with strategic planning. Carlos Lozada, editor of The "Washington Post" Book Party blog The most depressingly timely book on terrorism I read this year. Jami Miscik, former Deputy Director for Intelligence, CIA In today s complex world, decision makers need smart, sophisticated, and insightful options. "Red Team" shows policymakers and CEOs alike that the way to make the best use of your organizational talent is to break down your organization. James Fallows, Correspondent for the "Atlantic" "Everyone has heard the cliches about playing devil s advocate or avoiding groupthink. "Red Team" is an impressively clear, convincing, and practical-minded study of how organizations can put in-house contrarians to the most valuable use." Moises Naim, Distinguished Fellow, Carnegie Endowment, author of "The End of Power" Complacency, groupthink, inertia, tunnel vision. These are the most common after-the-fact explanations of big failures in politics, government, war, and business. In these pages Micah Zenko offers a lucid analysis backed by many fun-to-read examples of common mistakes as well as a useful compendium of best practices. "Red Team" is must-read for decision makers everywhere. Mark Mateski, Director of the Watermark Institute and Vice President, Red Teaming and Strategic Analysis This is the book the red teaming community has long required to grow and reach a new generation of red teamers. It captures the domain s founding experiences and stories, previously available only anecdotally to a small network of insiders. By writing this book, Micah Zenko has done a great service to both the current and future red teaming community. "
Mark Mateski, Director of the Watermark Institute and Vice President, Red Teaming and Strategic Analysis This is the book the red teaming community has long required to grow and reach a new generation of red teamers. It captures the domain s founding experiences and stories, previously available only anecdotally to a small network of insiders. By writing this book, Micah Zenko has done a great service to both the current and future red teaming community. "



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Publisher Basic Books
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