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Exploring the Cybersecurity Landscape with the MITRE ATT&CK Heatmap

Updated: Feb 1

Over the past year, Falcon OverWatch has identified the top five techniques adversaries employ in each tactical area, revealing a concerning trend toward the exploitation of identities at every stage of adversarial operations.


This shift reflects organizations' evolution to adapt to an increasingly dispersed workforce, underscoring the changing nature of the modern perimeter. No longer defined by a rigid external barrier, organizations rely on identity as a crucial control point. The constant appearance of valid accounts across various tactics highlights adversaries' intensified strategic use of trusted accounts to gain initial access, establish persistence, elevate privileges, and evade defenses.


The ease with which adversaries can gain initial access, often through purchases on non-indexed sites (Deep Web), blurs the distinction between legitimate users and impostors.


Identifying stealthy intruders requires a proactive search for identity-based threats, combined with a solid understanding of an organization's unique operational landscape.


stealthy intruders requires a proactive search for identity-based threats, combined with a solid understanding of an organization's unique operational landscape.
MITRE ATT&CK HEAT MAP

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