Companies today conduct security audits, vulnerability assessments, penetration testing, red team testing, or threat hunting to detect vulnerabilities in the systems and avoid a possible cyber breach. But each of these methods has some limitations that restrict a company from finding its one final comprehensive solution to all the cybersecurity-related concerns.
Simulations of attack at the various organization showed that:
- 56% were at risk from low-level malware family team
- 33% were at risk from Ransomware
- 44% were at risk of corporate security effectiveness
Enterprises are considering the risks of cyber attacks and are taking efforts to prevent and combat such attacks in their quest to survive and grow their business further; however, despite the deployment of multiple security solutions and control measures, we have seen enough number of companies –even some major companies- falling prey to cyber-attacks and losing a lot.
Attack Vector : A weak point in a system or software with a flaw in its implementation or configuration, that can enable an attacker to compromise the system, and possibly affect other systems as well.
An attack campaign in which an attacker establishes an illicit, persistence on a network to data Exfiltration. A simulation of an APT attack vector enables companies to simulate a full-scale APT attack on their network challenge security posture through the entire cyber kill chain from pre-exploitation into exploitation, and even post-exploitation.
Threat mitigation : The process used to lessen the extent of a problem or attack by isolating or containing a threat until the problem can be remedied.
BAS is an emerging technology that helps in testing a network’s cyber defenses by running simulated attacks similar to the attacks executed by hackers. These simulated attacks can help in evaluating a company’s security systems and its prevention, detection, and mitigation capabilities.
Depending on the APT template chosen, the module may then challenge the organization’s network policies, to test for the ability to move laterally, and attempts to data exfiltrate. It enables them to assess security effectiveness by simulating hacker breach methods to ensure security controls are working as expected.
Designed to match attackers with defenders to examine if the defenses put in place can hold up. Whichever approach is used (Red Team/Blue Team or Purple Teaming), it is possible to employ BAS tools so more simulations can be run at a faster pace. It also aids in the accurate scaling of simulations.
The Cyber Attack Lifecycle is a sequence of events that an attacker goes through to successfully infiltrate a network and Exfiltration data from it. Typically, attacks happen in five distinct stages: reconnaissance, incursion, discovery, capture, and Exfiltration—each use different tools and techniques. The good news is that blocking just one stage in this lifecycle is all that is needed to protect a company’s network from attack and Data Exfiltration.