Organizational Weakness Identification
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- Organizational weakness identification consists of identifying and analyzing weaknesses and vulnerabilities from the intelligence gathering phases which can be leveraged to gain access to target or intermediate target organizations of interest.
Analyze business processes
Analyze business processes - Pre-ATT&CK
- Business processes, such as who typically communicates with who, or what the supply chain is for a particular part, provide opportunities for social engineering or other avenues of attack.
Analyze organizational skillsets and deficiencies
Analyze organizational skillsets and deficiencies - Pre-ATT&CK
- Analyze strengths and weaknesses of the target for potential areas of where to focus compromise efforts.
Assess opportunities created by business deals
Assess opportunities created by business deals - Pre-ATT&CK
- During mergers, divestitures, or other period of change in joint infrastructure or business processes there may be an opportunity for exploitation. During this type of churn, unusual requests, or other non standard practices may not be as noticeable.
Assess security posture of physical locations
Assess security posture of physical locations - Pre-ATT&CK
- Physical access may be required for certain types of adversarial actions.
Assess vulnerability of 3rd party vendors
Assess vulnerability of 3rd party vendors - Pre-ATT&CK
- Once a 3rd party vendor has been identified as being of interest it can be probed for vulnerabilities just like the main target would be.
Analyze presence of outsourced capabilities
Analyze presence of outsourced capabilities - Pre-ATT&CK
- Outsourcing, the arrangement of one company providing goods or services to another company for something that could be done in-house, provides another avenue for an adversary to target. Businesses often have networks, portals, or other technical connections between themselves and their outsourced/partner organizations that could be exploited. Additionally, outsourced/partner organization information could provide opportunities for phishing.