The cybersecurity kill chain, initially defined by Lockheed Martin, continues to be a general standard inside Information Security to describe how a malicious actor, internal or external, performs an attack.
The cyber kill chain 7 stages are defined as:
- Reconnaissance – Identify vulnerabilities, improperly configured services, and obtain credentials through active or passive methods.
- Weaponization – Create malware or payloads to begin exploitation.
- Delivery – Method is chosen to push the attack through digital channels or physical media.
- Exploitation – Begin the attack by exploiting vulnerabilities or misconfigured services.
- Installation – Establish persistence in the business systems.
- Command and Control – Navigate and perform commands through systems, sometimes being able to remain undetected even after achieving their objective.
- Final objective – Agenda can vary, either adding machines to a botnet network, stealing, tampering, or deleting information.
Understanding the Cybersecurity Kill Chain Can Help You Improve Your Security Posture
The Security Operation Center (SOC) is an important actor that uses the cybersecurity kill chain on its day-to-day operation to identify and discriminate real threats from false positives and take the necessary actions to stop malicious actors.
From SOC to SOC, the process varies, depending on the tools and data as well as the part of the cyber kill chain in which an incident has been identified. From an incident response to forensic investigation, the SOC is the cornerstone in mitigating and stopping an ongoing attack.
These processes take valuable time, resources and can hinder visibility when not enough data is available.
Malicious Actors Are Constantly Evolving and Pushing the Boundaries of What Your Cybersecurity Tools Can Achieve
As new services, platforms, and communication methods grow and evolve worldwide, so do the potential attack vectors that a malicious actor can use to initiate a cybersecurity kill chain.
Gathering information through google searches to using data dumps around the dark web, through specialized payloads built for a poorly understood vulnerability, potentially a zero-day vulnerability, or using social engineering breaking through the human firewall.
In the book Artificial Intelligence in Healthcare, it is mentioned that it can take a business 206 days to assess accurately when a data breach has happened, with an additional 73 days to contain it.
CYREBRO SOC Platform: Cutting Through the Cybersecurity Kill Chain With a Single Solution
With the capability to ingest data from different platforms, hosts, and services, including SaaS and other cybersecurity appliances, CYREBRO’s cloud-based SOC gives you the possibility of gathering all the data into a single platform to gain complete visibility into your environment without complications.
To further assist with all the data coming into the platform, the powerful correlation engine led by state-of-the-art AI cuts through millions of logs, removing false positives that hinder your visibility and allowing you to identify malicious actors in seconds.
CYREBRO’s cloud-based managed AI SOC tool has been designed from the ground up to help businesses of all sizes, small, medium, or large enterprises, regardless of industry or compliance. The AI platform helps to ensure that correct security posture is achieved without complications.
Contact us to find more about how CYREBRO can help you identify when a malicious actor is attempting to push through the cybersecurity kill chain and learn about other capabilities that can help you even when the worst has happened.