Enhancing Cyber Resilience: The Power of Scenario Based Testing by Satius Security

Introduction: In the realm of cybersecurity, the effectiveness of security measures can’t solely be gauged by metrics of efficiency. The

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In the realm of cybersecurity, the effectiveness of security measures can’t solely be gauged by metrics of efficiency. The real question that security leaders need to answer is: how well can our people and controls prevent, detect, and respond to cyber threats? At Satius Security, we understand the importance of validating the true effectiveness of your organization’s capabilities, which is why we offer scenario-based testing conducted by our experienced team of consultants.

Understanding Scenario-Based Testing:

Scenario-based testing goes beyond traditional penetration testing by focusing on benchmarking the performance of cybersecurity controls against specific adversarial tactics and behaviors. Unlike penetration testing, which mainly uncovers vulnerabilities, scenario-based testing evaluates how well security technologies and personnel can prevent, detect, and respond to threats. It helps address critical questions such as the effectiveness of security technologies, potential blind spots in network security, the capability of security analysts to differentiate genuine incidents from false positives, and the proficiency of in-house security teams in remediating breaches.

Benefits of Scenario-Based Testing:

  1. Validation of Security Operations Effectiveness: Assess the ability of your organization to prevent, detect, and respond to threats.
  2. Cultural Shift towards Continuous Improvement: Regular scenario-based testing fosters a culture of continuous improvement, ensuring that security operations teams are better prepared to combat current and emerging threats.

Custom Assessments:

Our scenario-based testing service at Satius Security is tailored to evaluate your organization’s ability to detect and respond to a wide range of security risks. Scenarios can include supply chain compromises, malware installations, data exfiltration incidents, and spear-phishing campaigns to harvest credentials.

Framework Alignment:

We align our scenario-based testing with various adversarial behavior frameworks, one of the most common being the MITRE ATT&CK™ framework. This framework outlines adversary tactics, techniques, and procedures (TTPs) used to compromise, exploit, and traverse networks, providing a comprehensive structure for evaluating security controls.

MITRE ATT&CK™ Framework Overview:

– Initial Access: Gaining entry to the target network through methods like spear phishing.

– Execution: Running code on a target system after gaining access.

– Persistence: Maintaining a persistent presence on a network.

– Privilege Escalation: Elevating permission levels to access more parts of the network.

– Defense Evasion: Avoiding detection by disabling security defenses or bypassing whitelisting.

– Credential Access: Obtaining legitimate credentials to access systems or domains.

– Discovery: Acquiring knowledge of target systems and networks.

– Lateral Movement: Traversing a network and gaining control of remote systems.

– Collection: Gathering sensitive information.

– Exfiltration: Removing files and information from the network.

– Command & Control: Establishing communication with target systems.

At Satius Security, we are committed to empowering organizations with the insights needed to strengthen their cybersecurity defenses. Contact us today to learn more about our scenario-based testing services and take proactive steps towards enhancing your cyber resilience.

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