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Should your customers care about MITRE ATT&CK framework?

In order to answer this question, you first need to understand what MITRE ATT&CK is all about. MITRE is a non-profit company that provides cyber security services to companies. MITRE’s ATT&CK is an acronym for Adversarial Tactics, Techniques and Common Knowledge. Basically, it is a framework that contains matrixes of different tactics used by cyber attackers for all types of devices, from mobile phones to various kinds of operating systems. 

So, how does this help your customers? It helps by allowing organisations to prioritise detection of the most persistent threats and threat groups. However, it is important to note that one of the criticisms of the MITRE ATT&CK framework is the large amount of data it has on tactics and threats, making it difficult for organisations to understand what tactic to focus on in the first instance. Therefore, we at the TechSales Academy have broken it down and will provide you with some helpful information to help you help your customers understand the importance understanding a MITRE ATT&CK framework. 

 

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Better Protection

 

A number of your clients will have large amounts of sensitive data that require protection and there is no better framework than the MITRE ATT&CK framework. This framework will allow your clients to know what means of attack is out there, how it is going to come, how to prevent it and how to stop it once it has begun. The detailed matrices on attacks and the exceptional adversary-defence provision they offer means that your client’s businesses will be better protected from any attack. There aren’t a lot of techniques an attacker would use that you aren’t already aware of thanks to MITRE ATT&CK’s comprehensive framework. 

Aids in Red Team and Blue Team Testing

Catching a attacker is always easier when you use the techniques of an attacker. The same rules apply to cyber security and unauthorized access. Detecting a breach in systems is easy when you know what flags to look out for. With MITRE ATT&CK, it is even simpler and more efficient as you know everything about the attack both as an adversary and as a defender.

Your clients will have a better understnading about unauthorised access to their systems when they become unauthorised attackers themselves. Being an attacker within the MITRE ATT&CK framework is important because it exposes your system’s security weaknesses to your clients in ways that you’ll never see when you are stuck on the other side, defending your system.

With MITRE ATT&CK ‘s model, you can see from both the defenders and adversaries’ point of view during an attack. That way, you know what parts of your security system are vulnerable to attack.

Furthermore, it helps in team testing as both teams work on the same system. The blue team tries to defend the system while red team is the adversary. This exercise helps teams build up their resistance to unauthorised entries as well as understand their systems better from the attacker’s point of view. MITRE ATT&CK is one of the only cyber security frameworks that offers this option.

Helps Customers Prioritise Threat Detections

 

Systems can alert several red flags a day. The big problem isn’t in flagging them down, the biggest problem is knowing which red flags to prioritise, and which ones will result in a potential security breach. If a potentially dangerous red flag isn’t recognised and given priority, the chances are that the system will be compromised at some point.

A MITRE ATT&CK drastically reduces potential breaches by ensuring that all red flags and potential system breaches are followed up, studied and compared with data from previous security breaches. This process goes on until it identifies all high priority red flags and allows your clients to focus resources on the greatest threats. 

Gives the Company a Better Insight into Attacks and How They are Launched

 

To better protect systems from being attacked, knowing how systems attackers work and what an attacker considers while breaching a system is the best place to start.

Most cyber security frameworks only focus on defending a system by fortifying it. A MITRE ATT&CK framework offers something better. It doesn’t just protect a system from future breaching, it walks you through the basics of an attack on a system. This might seem pointless, but it helps in several ways firstly, it provides a proper risk assessment of your website so that you can access your system from the viewpoint of an attacker taking note of a system’s vulnerabilities.

Secondly, in the event of an attack, it better equips your clients to protect their system. This allows for a better understanding of what is going on at the attacker’s end and how to protect your system from every malicious move.

Conclusion

 

Hopefully, this article has provided you with a greater understanding of how to provide your customers with the necessary information relating to why your customers need to understand the ins and outs of MITRE ATT&CK framework. If you would like more detailed information about the MITRE ATT&CK framework, please contact TechSales Academy.

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