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Audiences… or who I think I’m writing for

December 11, 2014

This is another meta-post about this blog. If you’re not a regular reader of this blog, this post is probably not for you. I’d like to share the different audiences I imagine when I write on this blog. Conveniently, the categories map quite well to audiences.

In the Metasploit Framework category I imagine that I’m writing to members of the Metasploit Framework community. I generally document the undocumented and share things I’ve learned digging deep into the framework here. My assumption is that if I find it interesting, others probably will too.

In the red team category I write a lot about my experiences supporting different cyber defense exercises. Once in a while, I delve into experiences from when I was penetration testing. This category is a mix of techniques and ideas about how to organize a red team. Earlier this year I had the opportunity to take part in a large-scale cyber war game run by folks I hadn’t worked with before. When I arrived, I found out that a big part of how I got there was this blog. Apparently, not enough people talk about how to scale large red teams and collaborate. Who knew?

In the Cobalt Strike category I announce new releases and I write about different Cobalt Strike features. This category is meant for Cobalt Strike’s users. I see my blog as an extension of the online training. I update the online course every two years. In between, this blog is my place to capture the thought process and tradecraft that goes with each new feature. If you want to keep up with the latest of what Cobalt Strike can do or where it’s going, this blog is the place to do it. Often times questions customers ask will end up as posts in this category too.

Once in a great while I make an attempt at writing reference pieces. These are my “What Penetration Testers Should Know” posts. I find these posts incredibly difficult to write. I usually stick these in the red team category. These posts have minimal marketing in them and usually appeal to a broad audience. I know when I want more traffic, I can sequester myself for a week to write one. Sadly, I don’t have many weeks where I can get away with this.

Some past posts:

I also occasionally write blog posts that document a technique and include source code. I think it’s important to continue to share code and knowledge with my peers. These posts are pretty difficult to write as well. The code I release in these contexts is usually meant as something for others to learn from, so I have to take my time to make it clear and document it.

Some past examples of these posts include:

And, finally, I’m starting to write blog posts on industry trends I see. I work with a lot of red teams and services firms through my Cobalt Strike product. These teams buy my product because there’s something they want to do with it. From this vantage point I see penetration testing evolving. The old way probably won’t go away, but I see new kinds of offensive services resonating well with customers. These posts are targeted at those who are championing these ideas within their organizations.

Here’s a few to look at along these lines:

And, that’s pretty much it. I published my post for this week and now I’m off the hook.

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