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Adversary Emulation

Validate your defense capabilities against targeted attacks by mimicking realistic attacker tactics, techniques, and procedures (TTPs).

The Challenge

Validating Defense Capabilities Against Realistic Attack Scenarios

Validation is a vital tool in the defense arsenal and ultimately for protecting the company. Every defense stack has strengths and weaknesses and it is crucial to evaluate both sides regularly and objectively. The most effective way to determine weaknesses in defense is to hold it up against what it was designed to withstand: realistic attack scenarios by emulating specific tactics and techniques commonly deployed by adversaries.

Leveraging Simulation to Develop a Strategic Defense Advantage

Adversary emulations allow your organization to go through a simulated experience of an attack. From a strategic standpoint, taking the perspective of the adversary is a powerful way of creating leverage and improving on the defense side. The way to do that is by contrasting the distinct phases of the cyber kill chain with the ability to self-protect against each phase, detect exploitation and respond effectively.

Understanding True Impact Potential

The primary insight that is important to derive during validation exercises is the true impact potential that remains despite all defense mechanisms in place. This means zooming out from network misconfigurations or malware specifics and working out what tangible harm can be caused to the business itself, once the attacker is able to gain a foothold.

Delivery Process

Designing the Engagement

The purpose of the design phase is to jointly discuss and agree upon objectives and scope of the engagement. Depending on expectations, special emphasis can be placed on various aspects, including:

  • High value, confidential information assets
  • Money generating business processes
  • Critical customer facing applications
  • Key infrastructure components
Understanding the Environment

During the second phase, the CISOCON team will work with you to develop a top-down understanding of the environment. The phase will focus on existing defense capabilities and major business parameters, including key business processes, organizational structure, technology architecture, data flows and additional data points. Information gathered in this step will form the baseline to model high-impact threat scenarios in the subsequent phase.

Developing Key Threat Scenarios

Designing business relevant, high-impact threat scenarios is one of the primary success drivers of the engagement. Our teams will develop bespoke attack vectors addressing both insider threats as well as external threat actors.

Validating Defense Capabilities

The fourth phase comprises a detailed examination of existing protection, detection, response & recovery capabilities against emulated attacks scenarios.

Deriving Key Insights & Recommendations

The final phase will synthesize all data and understandings accumulated throughout the process for a comprehensive report. The report will outline:

  • Key Insights
  • Main Recommendations
  • All developed Threat Scenarios
  • Detailed Analysis of Attack Emulation Results
  • Exploits Discovered during the Engagement

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