MITRE ATT&CK matrices

MITRE ATT&CK is a tool to help cybersecurity teams get inside the minds of threat actors to anticipate their lines of attack and most effectively position defenses. MITRE ATT&CK works synergistically with FAIR to refine a risk scenario (“threat actor uses a method to attack an asset resulting in a loss”).

Enter an asset into the MITRE ATT&CK knowledge base and it returns a list of likely threat actors and their methods to inform a risk scenario statement. It also helps to fill in color and detail for the FAIR factors, such as the relative strength of threat actors likely to go after an asset or the resistance strength of the controls around the asset, as well as the frequency of attack one might expect from these actors, based on internal or industry data (housed in the Data Helpers and Loss Tables on the RiskLens platform). All these are ultimately fed into the Monte Carlo simulation engine to show probable loss exposure for the scenario. The data we collect on our assets and threat actors can be stored in libraries on the platform for repeat use.

MITRE ATT&CK also suggests controls for mitigation efforts specific to attacks. As with the controls suggested by NIST CSF, we can assess those in the platform for cost-effectiveness in risk reduction in financial terms.

Finally, RiskLens + MITRE ATT&CK can help refine tactics for the first line of defense. With a clear sense of top risk scenarios generated by RiskLens, and a clear sense of attack vectors for those scenarios, the SOC can better prioritize among the many incoming alerts based on potential bottom-line impact.