'Adversarial engineering' is strengthening security practitioners (ZDNet)

KENNESAW, Ga. | May 4, 2017

Experts explain value of 'red teams' to cyberdefense competitions

Last month, several competing students from universities across the U.S. descended upon San Antonio for the National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition (CCDC).

These student teams comprise the competition's "blue team." The adversary is presented in the form of a "red team" -- a team that simulates threats and emulates threat actors to create barriers for the blue team.

Andy Green is a lecturer of information security and assurance at Kennesaw State University, where CCDC began in the southeast region in 2006.

"In my opinion, the most important attribute of a red team is to have an educational mindset, as well as to understand the primary purpose of the CCDC, which is to help students improve and learn," Green said. "It's never a question of whether or not student teams will get compromised -- they always will. This event isn't about 'burning boxes' for the red team, it's about training and development for the students."

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