Center for Threat-Informed Defense

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The Center for Threat-Informed Defense is a privately funded research and development organization focused on advancing the state-of-the-art and the-state-of-the-practice in threat-informed defense. Together with Center participants, we conduct applied research and advanced development to improve cyber defense at scale for the global community. The Center brings together the best security teams from around the world to identify and solve the most-pressing problems facing cyber defenders.

The Center builds on MITRE ATT&CK®, an important foundation for threat-informed defense used by security teams and vendors around the world in their enterprise security operations. Our research and development is informed by this deep technical understanding of cyber adversaries, their tradecraft, and technology. And, since the Center operates for the public good, we freely share the outputs of our research and development for the benefit of all.

There is a resounding call for MITRE to expand upon ATT&CK and ensure that it remains open, free, and keeps pace with evolving threats. The Center brings together this robust and rapidly growing community to conduct research in support of ATT&CK and accelerate innovation in threat-informed defense.

Our Research Approach

We do research for impact
Center projects focus on addressing practical, real-world problems faced by organizations around the world. The Center’s projects, chosen and funded by participants, will:

  • Increase the global understanding of cyber adversaries and their tradecraft by expanding upon the MITRE ATT&CK knowledge base
  • Advance threat-informed defense in cyber operations with open-source software, methodologies, and frameworks
  • Publish data sets critical to better understanding adversaries and their movements

Our goal is to change the game on adversaries by relentlessly improving our collective ability to prevent, detect, and respond to cyber attacks.

Public Interest Impact

Bringing together sophisticated security teams from leading organizations around the world to expand the global understanding of adversary behaviors

Creating focus, collaboration, and coordination to accelerate innovation in threat-informed defense, building on the MITRE ATT&CK framework

Creating a scalable platform for identifying and pursuing collaborative R&D in the public interest

How to Join

Because the cyber challenges we face are bigger than any single organization, sector, or country, we’re committed to bring together:

  • Global end-user and critical infrastructure companies
  • Leading technology companies
  • Cybersecurity-related non-profits including ISACs and ISAOs

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Our Leadership

Richard J. Struse
Director, Center for Threat-Informed Defense

Jonathan O. Baker
Director of Research and Development, Center for Threat-Informed Defense