Daryl Johnson


As the value and merit of red team exercises in both academic and corporate settings continues to grow, the need to share experiences with staffing, organizing and supporting the red team becomes increasingly important. This paper documents the Northeast Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition’s (NECCDC) Red Team captain’s experiences and lessons learned over the past four years. The paper will begin by identifying the skills and attributes needed for a Red Team and a process for selecting and recruiting members. The methods employed to form a cohesive working group from the members in the time available prior to the event will be discussed. The resources necessary for the Red Team to be effective and how they were provided is examined. We will look at how to promote planning and organization within the team focused on specific strategic goals and objectives of the Red Team. There are several duties during the event for a Red Team captain that will be examined and cautions that will be explained. At the end of the competition, the style and delivery of the after-action-report can have a profound effect on the Blue Teams. Experience with different approaches over the years will be examined. Recommendations for Red Team/Blue Team exchanges that can maximize the learning outcome for the students will be provided. Finally this paper will provide a summary of the experiences for others seeking to form and organize a Red Team either for a competition or an internal educational event.

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Document Type

Conference Paper

Department, Program, or Center

Department of Computing Security (GCCIS)


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