It is a question that gets posed to me pretty frequently: “Do you miss being a red teamer?” If you came all the way to my blog to see the answer, I will save you some time and from reading a couple hundred words — No. The real meaning of this post is not in that single word answer, but rather it reveal itself when you consider the question “why don’t you miss it?”

First, we must rewind for a quick recap: In 2014 after separating from the USAF, I joined a small-ish (at that time) team of folks to do consulting, specifically as a penetration tester and red teamer. For three years, I was lucky to work with brilliant coworkers / researchers / hackers who pushed me every day to excel in the offensive space and encouraged a unique creativity that seemed natural when solving hard problems. I had the fortune of leading a multitude of engagements from program development work with corporate red teams to external red team assessments for a variety of companies. I was also lucky to share my passion of offensive work as a trainer at BlackHat where the days were long but seeing the joy people had in problem solving made it all worth it. …


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