A Look into the Future of Cybersecurity

The world of cybersecurity is always growing and changing to combat new threats. To stay on the cutting edge, we know that it’s important to not only learn about the latest threats but to anticipate where the next danger could be coming from.

MITRE ATT&CK Framework

The buzz at this year’s DefCon and BlackHat conferences was the MITRE ATT&CK (Adversarial Tactics, Techniques & Common Knowledge) framework. It’s a cliché but true – criminals are creatures of habit and follow a pattern to prey on their victims, and hackers are no different. A hacking group may spearfish targets, employ a specific malware program and watch as the program follows its predetermined pattern for spreading and infecting devices. The MITRE ATT&CK framework was designed specifically to classify these criminal groups by their patterns, analyzing and breaking down the processes.

By mapping out how other organizations were hacked, the framework gives you and your organization the insight to recognize threat patterns before you’re attacked. This can not only determine when a hack is happening, but it can also tell you where the hack is coming from and might help you understand what stage the hack is in – saving you time and resources as you can determine what data is vulnerable and where the hack was stopped.

While the MITRE ATT&CK framework is useful for a defender trying to classify attacks, we also think it can be leveraged during a penetration test engagement.

How We Hack HarderTM with MITRE ATT&CK

At A-LIGN, we employ a “Hack Harder” mantra to ensure our clients get more than just a listing of high, medium and low flaws – we challenge ourselves to go the extra step and identify major risks to your business before the bad guys do.

The same philosophy applies to our approach to the MITRE ATT&CK framework and our approach to researching and anticipating the latest cybersecurity threats.

While the framework on its own categorizes attacks from outside threats, we simulate the attacks ourselves – giving us a detailed view of how hackers operate and the processes and patterns they employ to threaten your organization. When we Hack Harder with the MITRE ATT&CK framework, we’re not simulating hypothetical scenarios, but employing a real-life attack focus with our penetration tests.

A-LIGN’s penetration test methods are designed to the test the information security of the systems in your organization, identifying vulnerabilities that lead to a data breach or security incident.

A-LIGN’s penetration test can encompass:

Preparing for the Future

Information and cyber defense strategies are always changing to combat the latest threats and shows no signs of slowing down. That’s why A-LIGN is committed to staying an industry thought leader through continued education. Our team strives to combine our Hack Harder mantra with our suite of cybersecurity offerings to prepare your organization against all forms of cyber threats and vulnerabilities.

Is your organization ready for a penetration test? Contact our experienced penetration testers at A-LIGN for more information.