“National Security Threats: From Cyber to TSA” – WAC 12/7/2015 Event
The World Affairs Council was honored to host Micah Zenko, a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) who recently published a new book titled Red Team: How to Succeed By Thinking Like the Enemy. We were also joined by Akshay Aggarwal, CEO and Co-founder of Peach Fuzzer, and Co-founder of Déjà vu Security, who moderated the event.
Red Teaming is a term that refers to a tactic used inside the public and private sectors where an inside or outside group challenges the organization in an effort to improve that organization’s effectiveness. Those who engage in red teaming seek to frame a problem from the perspective of an adversary or sceptic to find gaps and avoid blunders such as cybersecurity risks or analytical flaws, among others.
Micah Zenko identifies three ways to conduct red teaming: simulations, vulnerability probes, and alternative analyses. While he admits that red teaming does not determine the nature of the attack that public or private organizations will face, it is productive in preparing the organization for how to best respond to these attacks by identifying issues and best policies.