'Red' in the Wild
For me, testing has not always accurately reflected tactics, tradecraft, or cunning of a real-world adversary. My introduction to red teaming was formed by viewing challenges through the lens of an adversary and logically deconstructing its elements. At its core, it is proactive problem-solving and an understanding of how complex systems interact.
Here is my fear: many readers of this article live and work in a “fishbowl.” What this encompasses is a day to day grind where they wake up and repeat similar tasks, travel similar routes, talk to similar people and navigate challenges in a similar way. The common thread being “similar.” The danger of similar, is that repetition leads to complacency and complacency has (potentially deadly) consequences.
The GWOT timeframe has given many of us many opportunities where theory is applied in field conditions. This conflict is also the most widespread hybrid conflict to occur in human history. For those whom are not familiar or new to the space, “hybrid warfare” is a blend of irregular and traditional conflict elements that transcends multiple ecosystems.
The primary question to ask yourself is, “What kind of environment am I living in?” Take this moment to begin creating a better picture of how complex systems and your activity interact. These systems within our daily lives overlap to create the cities and communities that we cherish. The question is, “How can the adversary capitalize on your behaviors?” What you will begin to realize is that your “fishbowl” is actually in the ocean and not in a fishbowl at all.
Be mindful of the space you inhabit and how you interact with it. There are always bigger fish.