Red Team

  • by Micah Zenko
  • Narrated by Christopher Lane
  • 11 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.

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Interesting concept

Wasn't as good as I had hoped, but quite informative. The author repeats some of the same points and stories in part, but it's overall a well rounded, well researched, book. Would recommend to anyone in the intelligence community but not necessarily for the average reader.
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- edquigle

A bit unfocused, but still interesting

Is there anything you would change about this book?

More information regarding the process and thinking of red teaming would be useful. There are a lot of case studies, but you never really get inside them to see how the red teamers thought, except perhaps with the Verizon example. Some more like that would be good.


Was Red Team worth the listening time?

Yes, especially if someone doesn't have experience "thinking like the enemy". I think all the examples will provide some insights.


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- Matt

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-03-2015
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio