MITRE ATT&CK(r), a comprehensive framework to understand and analyze cyber threats, was developed by the non-profit MITRE. The acronym stands for Adversarial Tactics Techniques and Common Knowledge. It was created to aid cybersecurity professionals in assessing and improving their organizations’ defenses against cyberattacks by providing a common language that allows them to understand the tactics, techniques and procedures used by attackers.
MITRE ATT&CK(r), is organized in a matrix that maps out the different stages of an attack from initial compromise to post-exploitation against the tactics and techniques that an attacker might use at each stage. Analysts can use this matrix to understand the progression of an attack and what they should look for in their network and systems.
MITRE ATT&CK(r), is constantly being updated with information about new threats and tactics. This is one of its key features. It is useful and relevant for cybersecurity professionals who can use it in order to keep up-to-date on new threats and identify weaknesses in their organizations’ defenses.
MITRE ATT&CK (r) is the standard version. However, there’s also a MITRE ATT&CK (r) version for Industrial Control Systems. This version was created to assist cybersecurity professionals in understanding the threats and tactics that are specific to ICS environments such as manufacturing, critical infrastructure, energy, and energy.
Spearphishing is a technique that could be used in an ICS environment. An attacker might send targeted emails to individuals to try to trick them into clicking on a malicious link or revealing sensitive information. Another example is network sniffing, where an attacker uses special software to analyze and capture network traffic to gain unauthorized access or steal sensitive data.
NIST Cybersecurity Framework can be used by organizations to integrate into MITRE ATT&CK (r). The NIST CSF can be used as a guide for identifying the areas of their cybersecurity program that are compatible with the techniques and tactics identified in the MITRE ATT&CK (r) framework. NIST CSF could be used by an organization to identify areas that need improvement in “access control” or “data security” in order to protect against “credential dumping” and exfiltration, which are both listed in the MITRE AT&CK(r).
Combining the MITRE ATT&CK(r), and the NIST CSF can help organizations to better understand their vulnerabilities and develop and implement more effective security strategies. It can help organizations communicate with their stakeholders more effectively about the status of their cybersecurity program, and the steps they are taking in order to improve it.
MITRE ATT&CK(r), is a useful tool for cybersecurity professionals who want to understand and protect against cyber threats. It can be integrated with the NIST CSF to help organizations better understand and address their cybersecurity needs, and improve their defense against cyberattacks.