27Brandon McCrillis

“Develop your skills from multiple angles. Blue, purple, and red experience makes you better in InfoSec in general. Cross-pollinate.”

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Brandon McCrillis is a cybersecurity professional, a veteran of the U.S. Navy, and a former U.S Air Force government civilian. He is a former network exploitation operator with the DoD, senior technical lead for computer network exploitation (CNE), and team lead, while standing up U.S. Cyber Command’s Cyber Mission Forces. Brandon has led a team of more than 150 multidisciplined cyber operators to conduct more than 10,000 operations globally and now assists organizations of all sizes and verticals to better understand business risks and build industry-leading information security programs. Brandon joined Rendition Infosec in 2015 and serves as CEO.

How did you get your start on a red team?

I started in pentesting and offensive cyber operations and made the move to red teaming when we started up Rendition Infosec.

What is the best way to get a red team job?

Work hard at what you do. Continue learning. Demonstrate creativity, aptitude, and perseverance.

How can someone gain red team skills without getting in trouble with the law?

Social engineer your life and break things when legally able.

Why can’t we agree on what a red team is?

Gartner.

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