Leveraging the MITRE ATT&CK Framework

The reality is that breaches happen. The key is responding to them quickly and effectively. Many businesses are very reactive when responding to threats. It is, however, possible to start being proactive with the ThreatQ and MITRE ATT&CK™ integration. There are several use cases for this integration. Threat hunting is just one example.

Security teams can leverage the MITRE ATT&CK framework to assist with hunting activities in multiple ways:

  • Enable investigations that originate with components from the MITRE ATT&CK framework such as Techniques.
  • Automatically build relationships between MITRE ATT&CK data and other useful pieces of threat data.
  • Automatically map threat data from internal sources (e.g. SIEM, Ticketing, Email Gateway) with MITRE ATT&CK techniques (where appropriate).
  • Automatically map threat data from external sources (e.g. Feeds) with MITRE ATT&CK techniques (where appropriate).
  • Keep historical threat hunting investigations and automatically associate these with related components of the MITRE ATT&CK framework.

A Phased Approach to Threat Hunting using MITRE ATT&CK and ThreatQ

Every organization can derive value from the MITRE ATT&CK framework, but in different ways based on the capabilities of their security operations. For the greatest success, organizations should map the framework to their stage of maturity. As their desire and capabilities to use the data evolve and grow, they’ll be able to dig deeper into the framework and gain even greater value.

Here’s how organizations would evolve and use the integration of ThreatQ and MITRE ATT&CK to their advantage:

Stage 1

Reference and Data Enrichment

Aggregate the data from the framework into ThreatQ and search for adversary profiles to get answers to questions like: Who is this adversary? What techniques and tactics are they using? What mitigations can I apply? Security analysts can use the data from the framework as a detailed source of reference to manually enrich their analysis of events and alerts, inform their investigations and determine the best actions to take depending on relevance and sightings within their environment.

Stage 2

Indicator or Event-driven Response

Use the ThreatQ platform to automatically correlate indicators from the MITRE ATT&CK framework with events and associated indicators from inside the organization’s environment, without having to form those relationships manually. Security analysts can then automatically prioritize based on relevance to their organization and determine high-risk indicators of compromise (IOCs) to investigate within the environment. With the ability to use ATT&CK data in a more simple and automated manner, security teams can investigate and respond to incidents and push threat intelligence to sensors for detection and hunt for threats more effectively.

Stage 3

Proactive Tactic or Technique-driven Threat Hunting

Pivot from searching for indicators to taking advantage of the full breadth of ATT&CK data. Threat hunting teams can take a proactive approach, beginning with the organization’s risk profile, mapping those risks to specific adversaries and their tactics, drilling down to techniques those adversaries are using and then investigating if related data have been identified in the environment. For example, they may be concerned with APT28 and can quickly answer questions including: What techniques do they apply? Have I seen potential IOCs or possible related system events in my organization? Are my endpoint technologies detecting those techniques?


To learn more about how ThreatQ can help you easily implement the MITRE ATT&CK framework within your organization, request a live demo.