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.

As of the first week of 2024, internet users worldwide discovered 612 new common IT security vulnerabilities and exposures (CVEs)

One-Third of High-Risk Vulnerabilities Found in Network Infrastructure & Web Applications

72 occurrences took place in enterprise environments and 24 in industrial control systems (ICS).

89% of organizations use the MITRE ATT&CK framework for various security operations use cases

Adversarial Technologies


Threat Tactics


Threat Techniques


Common Threat Attacks


Threat Knowledge


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

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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:

Threat Defense Map


Cybersecurity Gaps


Advanced Threat Detection

Improve threat 

Threat Investigation


Threat Intelligence

Share threat 

Advanced Penetration Testing


Adversary Simulation

Create adversary 

Threat Defense Map


Cybersecurity Gaps


Advanced Threat Detection

Improve threat 

Threat Investigation


Threat Intelligence

Share threat 

Advanced Penetration Testing


Adversary Simulation

Create adversary 

List of use cases (backlog)
  • List of use cases (backlog)
  • Prioritizing

    Risk Prioritization

  • Use Case for 

    Incident Use Cases

  • Prototyping

    Incident Prototyping

  • Validation

    Threat Validation

  • Success

    Threat Remediation Success

  • Ideas

    Cybersecurity Strategy Ideas

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:


  • Reconnaissance
  • Resource development
  • Initial access
  • Execution
  • Persistence
  • Privilege escalation
  • Defense evasion
  • Credential access
  • Discovery
  • Lateral movement
  • Collection
  • Command and control
  • Exfiltration
  • Impact
  • 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

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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:

Threat Emulation

Threat emulation

Penetration Testing

Red teaming or pentesting

Behavioural Analytics

Behavioral analytics 

Defensive Gap Assessment

Defensive gap 

Cybersecurity Maturity

SOC maturity assessment

Cyber Threat Intelligence

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.

Top Security Frameworks

Deep Threat Hunting
and Detection

Automated Security

Threat Behavior

Advanced Threat

Identity and Access

Endpoint Security

Cloud Security

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  • 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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