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Red Team: How to Succeed By Thinking Like the Enemy Hardcover – November 3, 2015
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"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.”
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 CEO Micah's six best red team practices are pretty spot on ”
An excellent book.”
Zenko explains, in absorbing detail, the value of red teams, groups formed to act as devil’s advocates Zenko 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 clichés 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.”
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Top Customer Reviews
Despite the subtitle of the book How To Succeed By Thinking Like The Enemy, Mr. Zenko explains how Red Teaming is essentially, focused alternative analysis directed towards a real world problem so that it may be more clearly understood and then solved with the best possible outcome.
In reading this book an aspect of the subject which really stood out to me was that no matter your position of authority or social status, humility and critical thinking often go hand in hand, and that pride and its companion arrogance are often rewarded by a special kind of blindness.
Red Team offered many historical examples of effective and ineffective red teaming exercises and the lessons to be learned from both. The history enthusiast and those who follow the evolution of military/corporate thought and strategy are sure to find the book especially enlightening.
Though clearly Mr. Zenko is a proponent of Red Teaming and its many beneficial outcomes, he also acknowledged the weaknesses and limits of the endeavor. In an effort to address the weaknesses and increase the effectiveness of the concept Mr. Zenko provides six guiding principles for Red Teaming. There are as follows:
1. The Boss Must Buy In
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent book on critical thinking and strategic dissent for growth and better planning.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
The people at the top must buy into this program 100% or it's a waste of timePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
History of red teaming, yes. Value of red teaming, maybe. How to red team, no. No discussion on tools to break through biases or "think like the enemy." Disappointing purchase.Published 1 month ago by J A W
A must read if you are planning a critical strategic initiative where anything less than total success could bring the walls crumbling down around you.Published 2 months ago by Ralph J.
Very good book, with some great references in it for further reading and continued learning.Published 2 months ago by Joshua