The Red Team Journal Plus ‘Key Cards’

Don’t Run the Maze; Look Down on It

It’s only too easy to get turned about in a daily maze of tasks, assignments, and interruptions. Somehow, clear thinking and foresight slip away, and you find yourself dashing from one cul-de-sac to the next.

These “Key Cards” are designed to help you pause, pop up, and escape the maze by thinking at a higher level. In other words, don’t run the maze; look down on it!

Key 01 (“The Core”) : Always ask these without fail:  What if ?  Why not ?  Who says ?

Key 01 (“The Core”): Always ask these without fail: What if? Why not? Who says?

Key 02 (“Who?”) : Examples:  Who depends on the system ?  Who’s responsible for managing the system ?  Who knows how the system really works ?

Key 02 (“Who?”): Examples: Who depends on the system? Who’s responsible for managing the system? Who knows how the system really works?

Key 03 (“How?”) : Examples:  How could the system fail ?  How susceptible is the system to error ?  How might someone misuse the system ?

Key 03 (“How?”): Examples: How could the system fail? How susceptible is the system to error? How might someone misuse the system?

Key 04 (“What If?”) : Examples:  What if [X] happens ?  What if [Y] changes ?  What if [Z] isn’t true ?

Key 04 (“What If?”): Examples: What if [X] happens? What if [Y] changes? What if [Z] isn’t true?

Key 05 (“What Next?”) : Examples:  If [X] happens, what might happen next ?  If someone does [Y], what might they do next ?  If [Z] succeeds or fails, what will you do next ?

Key 05 (“What Next?”): Examples: If [X] happens, what might happen next? If someone does [Y], what might they do next? If [Z] succeeds or fails, what will you do next?

Key 06 (“When?”) : Examples: When is the system most vulnerable ?  When did the system last undergo a major upgrade, downgrade, or evolution ?  When did you last talk with the system’s front-line operators ?

Key 06 (“When?”): Examples:When is the system most vulnerable? When did the system last undergo a major upgrade, downgrade, or evolution? When did you last talk with the system’s front-line operators?

Key 07 (“Who Isn’t?”) : Examples: Who isn’t here but should be? Who isn’t thinking about the whole system but should be? Who isn’t concerned but should be?

Key 07 (“Who Isn’t?”): Examples: Who isn’t here but should be? Who isn’t thinking about the whole system but should be? Who isn’t concerned but should be?