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ATOMIC DATA SOURCES

Project Summary

Published : Aug 19, 2021

Cyber threat detection starts with understanding the data sources and sensors that can be used to detect a given adversary TTP. Motivated by a lack of detailed data source definitions in MITRE ATT&CK® to support defensive cyber operations use cases, we wanted to greatly expand the set of data sources in ATT&CK and research creating an open data model for data sources that would enable defenders to quickly determine if they have the data necessary to detect the adversary TTPs they care about. We worked with Center participants to develop a prototype model for describing data sources, as well as identifying and documenting a set of data sources that would ultimately be contributed to the ATT&CK Data Sources project.

Problem

Existing definitions of data sources necessary to detect adversary behavior are insufficient.

SOLUTION

Create a single, coherent and open data model for the data sources in ATT&CK and greatly expand upon those data sources.

IMPACT

Defenders are able to quickly determine if they have the data necessary to detect the adversary TTPs they care about.

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