The McAfee MITRE ATT&CK framework is widely being adopted by organisations as the need for stronger IT security is recognised and as more funding is being allocated to security programs.
This framework manages cyber risk and lets you plan what data needs to be available if cyberthreat detection is needed, or for when investigating a security incident. McAfee’s latest offering, MITRE ATT&CK integrated into MVISION Cloud, the company’s Cloud Access Security Broker (CASB), for detecting and stopping cyberattacks on cloud services gives SecOps teams a direct source of cloud vulnerabilities and threats mapped to the tactics and techniques of ATT&CK.
“Many SecOps teams leverage repeatable processes and frameworks such as ATT&CK to mitigate risk and respond to threats to their endpoints and networks, but so far cloud threats and vulnerabilities have presented an unfamiliar paradigm,” said Rajiv Gupta, senior vice president and general manager of Cloud Security, McAfee.
“By translating cloud threats and vulnerabilities into the common language of ATT&CK, MVISION Cloud allows security teams to extend their processes and runbooks to the cloud, understand and preemptively respond to cloud vulnerabilities, and improve enterprise security.”
According to data from McAfee research, most enterprises face an average of 20 attack attempts per month on their cloud services. This integration brings cloud attacks into focus and provides the opportunity to identify gaps in protection and make policy and configuration changes directly from McAfee MVISION Cloud.
By combining ATT&CK with McAfee MVISION Cloud new capabilities are introduced to mitigate the risk of cloud attacks and vulnerabilities, including the ability to:
- Advance from Reactive to Proactive: McAfee MVISION Cloud allows SecOps teams to visualise not only executed threats in the ATT&CK framework, but also potential attacks they can stop across multiple Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) and Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) environments
- Break Silos: SecOps teams can now bring pre-filtered cloud security incidents into their Security Information Event Management/Security Orchestration, Automation and Response platforms via API, mapped to the same ATT&CK framework they use for device and network threat investigation
- Take Direct Action: McAfee MVISION Cloud now takes Cloud Security Posture Management (CSPM) to a new level, providing security managers with cloud service configuration recommendations for SaaS, PaaS and IaaS environments, which address specific ATT&CK adversary techniques
Speeding the process
With this introduction, there is no longer the need to manually sort and map incidents to a framework like ATT&CK or to learn and operationalise a separate framework for cloud threats and vulnerabilities, which can be cumbersome and time consuming – especially as cloud-native threats become more abundant. Threat incidents can now be automatically mapped to ATT&CK and all cloud attacks that have been fully executed are shown along with attacks in progress in order to take action; as well as the ability to combine incidents, anomalies, threats and vulnerabilities into one complete, familiar view.