16Bea Hughes

Photograph of Bea Hughes.

“Given that red team is somewhere between ‘someone who cosplays a hacker but without any of the risks’ to ‘internal recovering penetration tester,’ a blue team, as I see it, is anyone who works on defensive security.”

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Bea came to security the way many did, by using all the kindly offered free equipment available for learning supplied by companies that didn't have firewalls on the 1990s Internet. After dropping out of high school to pursue a career at an ISP and not, thankfully, at the piercing studio she was working in at the time, Bea discovered that the skills acquired in her poorly assembled home network were actually useful in the alleged real world. Bea has spoken at numerous conferences the world over but mostly likes to be at home snuggling cats, who are better at Instagram than she is.

How do you define a blue team?

I was never sure when teams became color coded. I doubt this helps the color blind. I've never knowingly worked on a blue team, at least not one that self-identifies as one, so I don't feel all that qualified to define it. Given that red team is somewhere between “someone who cosplays a hacker but without any of the risks” to “internal recovering penetration tester,” a blue team, as I see it, is anyone who ...

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