Yet Another Breach

This co-authored paper by MWR and Countercept outlines an example of a modern, targeted attack against a large enterprise.

Yet Another Breach is based on MWR’s experience of conducting targeted attack simulations – and of the defense teams that have failed to stop them. We consider how and why the many security controls typically in place at large enterprises fail to prevent or detect such attacks; and we go on to describe security controls and detection methodologies that would have been effective at each stage.

THIS DOCUMENT SHOULD BE OF USE TO THE FOLLOWING INDUSTRY PROFESSIONALS:
  • CISOS/CIOS - who need to understand the nature of a modern targeted attack in order to ask the right questions of their security teams.
  • TECHNICAL CYBER DEFENSE STAFF - aiming to understand the tactics typically used by modern threat actors and whether the controls they have in place would be effective against these attacks.
  • IN-HOUSE IR TEAMS - aiming to assess whether the data sources and technologies they have in place would allow an effective investigation and response exercise in the face of such an attack.
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MWR is an accredited member of The Cyber Security Incident Response Scheme (CSIR) approved by CREST (Council of Registered Ethical Security Testers).
MWR is certified under the Cyber Incident Response (CIR) scheme to deal with sophisticated targeted attacks against networks of national significance.
We are certified to comply with ISO 14001 in the UK, an internationally accepted standard that outlines how to put an effective environmental management system in place.
MWR is certified to comply with ISO 27001 to help ensure our client information is managed securely.
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We are members of the Council of Registered Ethical Security Testers (CREST), an organisation serving the needs of the information security sector.
MWR is a supplier to the Crown Commercial Service (CCS), which provides commercial and procurement services to the UK public sector.
MWR is a Qualified Security Assessor, meaning we have been qualified by PCI to validate other organisation's adherence to PCI DSS.
As members of CHECK we are measured against high standards set by CESG for the services we provide to Her Majesty's Government.
As a Certified Simulated Attack Manager and Certified Simulated Attack Specialist, MWR are authorized by CREST to perform STAR penetration testing services.