July 18, 2007

Greater infrastructure security against global threats taught at Sandia-hosted conference

Understand your adversaries and defend against them

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. —Critical infrastructure defenders can learn from government “red teams” and intelligence professionals how to better protect their systems by attending a three-day conference in Washington, D.C., Aug. 28-30, hosted by Sandia National Laboratories’ Information Design Assurance Red Team (IDART) at the L’Enfant Plaza Hotel.

Multidisciplinary red teams have long helped private and government customers understand how adversaries could harm their systems and missions. Assessments from an adversary’s point of view help defenders understand the threat, avoid surprise, and adapt, plan and train for adversary actions.

Sandia is a National Nuclear Security Administration laboratory.

For the past two years, IDART has hosted conferences for the government red-teaming community to exchange ideas and foster cooperation. REDTEAM2007 will bring this community together to pass on their knowledge and experience to government, military, and commercial infrastructure defenders.

As a bonus to attendees, on the last day of the conference Sandia’s IDART will present the Red Teaming for Program Managers (RT4PM) methodology, built upon Sandia’s 50 years of experience conducting multi-disciplinary assessments. The process defines a red team’s objectives, composition and approach to match each customer’s needs. Sandia has taught the RT4PM course to hundreds of program managers, analysts, decision makers, and commanders.

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Sandia is a multiprogram laboratory operated by Sandia Corporation, a Lockheed Martin company, for the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration. With main facilities in Albuquerque, N.M., and Livermore, Calif., Sandia has major R&D responsibilities in national security, energy and environmental technologies, and economic competitiveness.

Sandia news media contact: Neal Singer,, (505) 845-7078