Optiv Cybersecurity Dictionary

What is MITRE ATT&CK (Adversarial Tactics, Techniques & Common Knowledge)?

MITRE is the National Cybersecurity Federally Funded Research and Development Center's (FFRDC’s) Adversarial Tactic, Techniques, and Common Knowledge (ATT&CK) repository of collected cybersecurity data.


ATT&CK bridges the gap between multiple offensive security data points, including tactics, techniques, tools and identified malicious advanced persistent threat (APT) actors. The creation of most of this framework comes from an interesting project executed by Blake Storm, of MITRE, called project FMX (Fort Meade Experiment). In this project, a production network was attacked by Blake and other security professionals, who impersonated adversarial groups' tactics and techniques. By leveraging data points collected on the network, Blake was able to construct a large part of the ATT&CK framework that could be leveraged by offensive, as well as defensive, security professionals to map potential tactics and techniques.

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