What makes MITRE ATT&CK more relevant than ever?
This globally-recognized and -accessible yet vastly underutilized knowledge base is gaining its momentum as waves of cybersecurity breaches continue to assault organizations worldwide. Based on real-world observations, the framework was developed by the non-profit foundation, MITRE Corporation, to document and track different tactics and techniques used by attackers in various stages of infiltrating a network and exfiltrating data.
As the most extensive, comprehensive, accurate, and complete knowledge base, this framework provides public, private, and non-profit organizations with a structured, data-driven approach to validate security controls and realize gaps to expand security management through remediation.
Cybercrime may cost the world $10.5 trillion annually by 2025. ~ Cybersecurity Ventures
2022 Q1 witnessed a massive 645% spike in volumetric DDoS attacks QoQ. ~ Cloudflare
80% of security breaches are now identity-driven. ~ Falcon OverWatch
No organization is safe without a plan to handle its four key paths to breaches—credentials, phishing, vulnerabilities, and botnets. ~ Verizon
Make It the Core of Your Security Workflow
If you wonder why your security controls are unable to stop attacks or see similar attacks evading your security measures successfully despite having a workflow in place, the answer might lie in not having a system that understands the organization’s threat intelligence well and translates it into the right actions.
However, when you build your security workflow using the ATTACK framework as its core component, you create a robust framework that understands and derives critical insights from the organization’s threat intelligence. The framework synthesizes all the data and threat intelligence to find answers to the three most fundamental questions: location of attacker, motivation of attacker, objective of attacker.
In addition, the framework also prevents adversaries from abusing system services to execute commands remotely, perform remote service manipulation or conduct remote execution of malicious programs. Windows service control manager is one of the system services that are often used to execute malicious commands as it enables managing or modifying services and newly constructed services, such as in Windows services. Apart from the service control manager API, other service execution tools such as PsExec are also commonly leveraged for service execution.
Enterprises can also detect and block situations that indicate a software exploit through the mitigation techniques suggested in the framework. For e.g. features like Attack Surface Reduction (ASR) or Microsoft Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit (EMET) can be utilized to prevent similar methods or thwart application control. Enable attack surface reduction
Key Challenges in Leveraging MITRE ATT&CK
While the framework offers immense help in understanding adversaries and their strategic ways of invading a system, enterprises often face great challenges in implementing the framework due to its large and complex nature as well as extremely detailed permutations of data. Lack of automation in processing this massive amount of data and mapping it against an organization’s security infrastructure is another daunting task that prevents organizations from fully utilizing this universal framework.
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Maximize the Value with Cloud4C
At Cloud4C, the world's leading application-focused managed cloud services partner and a leading cybersecurity partner, we leverage the ATTACK framework to make every security solution intelligent and objective-oriented in order to outmaneuver adversaries and maximize threat intelligence. Here's a strategic way we use the framework to ensure better threat detection and advanced defense against the constantly evolving threat actors:
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Decode Attacker Tactics: Understand the Strategic Goal of an Attacker
The first critical step in building a defense against adversaries is to understand the intention or the strategic goal of a threat actor. It can be extorting ransom, stealing highly sensitive data, or simply destroying an IT environment. To achieve the goal, an attacker plans a number of short-term goals starting with gaining initial access to lateral movement or command and control. Here’s a classification of several tactics used by attackers described by the framework to help understand the intent of the attacker:
- Resource development
- Initial access
- Privilege escalation
- Defense evasion
- Credential access
- Lateral movement
- Command and control
- Gather critical information for future operations
- Establish resources to support future operations
- Enter/invade the network
- Run malicious code
- Maintain their foothold
- Gain higher-level permissions
- Stay undetected
- Steal credentials
- Figure out the environment
- Move through the environment
- Gather data of interest to their goal
- Communicate with compromised systems to control them
- Steal data
- Manipulate, interrupt, or destroy the system and/or data
Identifying the Top Use Cases
This global database of threat intelligence can be leveraged in a number of ways. Here are the six key use cases for the intelligence contained with the framework:
Red teaming or pentesting
SOC maturity assessment
Cyber threat intelligence
How Can Cloud4C Help: Advanced Management, Detection and Response
Cloud4C leverages the ATTACK framework to enable faster threat management, detection and response (MDR) across networks, endpoints, applications, and infrastructure. Cloud4C's MDR is an integral part of our comprehensive Managed Security Services. By combining its threat intelligence with advanced automation capabilities, Cloud4C helps enterprises to improve their SOC efficiency, reduce cyber attacks, and respond faster to threats.
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Deep Threat Hunting
Identity and Access
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MITRE ATT&CK - FAQs
What does MITRE ATT&CK stand for?
MITRE is the name of a non-profit organization, whereas ATT&CK stands for Adversarial Tactics, Techniques, and Common Knowledge.
Is it a framework?
Yes, it is a globally accessible, open framework that offers a wide range of tactics and techniques commonly used by threat actors, red teams, and defenders to improve attack classification and enhance an organization’s risk assessment.
What is the purpose of the framework?
The purpose is to enable defenders to assess their defense tactics against specific advanced persistent threats (ATP) across multiple threat actors.
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