MITRE ATT&CK Defender™ ATT&CK® Adversary Emulation

Do you want to learn the exciting discipline of Adversary Emulation? In this MITRE ATT&CK® Defender™ (MAD) Adversary Emulation course, you’ll learn how to emulate real-world adversary threats to improve cybersecurity. Leveraging the MITRE ATT&CK Framework, you will research, plan, and execute adversary emulation activities in hands-on labs.

Course Content

TTP Implementation Process


Implementing Adversary TTPs
Implementing TTPs Overview


Implementing Adversary TTPs
Planning Overview


Adversary Emulation Planning
Addressing Intelligence Gaps


Researching Adversary TTPs
Constructing the TTP Outline


Researching Adversary TTPs
Selecting the Emulated TTPs


Researching Adversary TTPs
Selecting the Emulated Threat


Researching Adversary TTPs
Researching Adversary TTPs


Researching Adversary TTPs
Introducing the Adversary Emulation Plan


Adversary Emulation Fundamentals
Defining Engagement Objectives


Adversary Emulation Fundamentals
Adversary Emulation Framework


Adversary Emulation Fundamentals
Adversary Emulation Overview


Adversary Emulation Fundamentals
Course Description

Who should take this course?

This course is designed for experienced and skilled cybersecurity practitioners who are interested in emulating real-world threats to assess cybersecurity effectiveness.

What are the prerequisites for this course?

You will gain the most benefit from this course if you have mastered the following:

  • MITRE ATT&CK® Defender™ (MAD) ATT&CK Fundamentals Training
  • Proficient in administering Windows and Linux systems from the command line
  • Proficient in basic networking concepts (OSI Model and TCP/IP)
  • Proficient in Virtual Machine software such as VMWare or VirtualBox
  • Familiar with common red team/pentester software and techniques (examples: Kali Linux distribution, Metasploit, Nmap, Mimikatz, etc.)
  • Why should I take this course?

    In this course, you will gain the following capabilities:

  • Understand cyber adversary emulation’s purpose, its characteristics, and common use
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  • Leverage the MITRE ATT&CK Framework to inform adversary emulation planning activities, including defining engagement objectives, scope, and rules of engagement.
  • Use cyber threat intelligence to select emulated threats of salient interest to the sponsor organization.
  • Implement adversary emulation tactics, techniques, and procedures (TTPs) based on real-world cyber threats.
  • Execute adversary TTPs to assess and improve cybersecurity, while balancing realism against time and safety constraints.
  • Use the MITRE ATT&CK Framework to communicate adversary emulation activities, findings, and recommendations for improvement.
  • What makes this course different from other courses on similar topics?

    This course is part of the MITRE ATT&CK® Defender™ (MAD) cybersecurity training and certification program produced by MITRE's own subject matter experts. The lead instructor for this course, Michael C. Long II, is a principal cyber adversary emulation engineer at MITRE and is truly an expert in this field. You will be learning how to leverage ATT&CK for adversary emulation from the people who created the ATT&CK framework.

    Why should I take this course on Cybrary and not somewhere else?

    This course enables you to learn from one of the foremost experts in the field, and our on-demand format affords you the flexibility to learn at your own pace.

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    Instructed by

    Michael C. Long II

    Michael brings over 12 years of experience in offensive and defensive cyber operations and is a regular conference presenter and contributor to open source projects such as Metasploit, CALDERA, and the OffensiveGoLang project. Michael holds a Master of Science in Information Security Engineering with SANS Technology Institute and is working on his Ph.D. in Cyber Operations with Dakota State University.

    Govardhen Arunagiri

    Govardhen applies his background in offensive cyber security assessments and his experience in adversary emulation to improve the security of sensitive environments both within and external to MITRE. Govardhen earned his B.S. in Computer Engineering from the University of Maryland, College Park, and is currently pursuing his M.S. in Information Security Engineering at the SANS Technology Institute.

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    Certificate of Completion

    Complete this entire course to earn a MITRE ATT&CK Defender™ ATT&CK® Adversary Emulation Certificate of Completion