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Lockheed Martin’s Intrusion Kill Chain Model describes seven stages that threat actors take in the course of a cyber breach, from early reconnaissance to the end goal — data exfiltration, data destruction, or some combination of both. The Kill Chain model is a bit of a pariah in the information security world. Some love it (particularly threat hunters and intelligence people). Yet, others have found plenty to criticize about its usefulness in day-to-day security operations. But whether you like it or hate it, the Kill Chain model does offer an interesting taxonomy for the different components of an information attack. …


Jason Iacono

Security Analyst, threat researcher, & cyber deception enthusiast. I maintain a constant state of paranoia about cybersecurity, so that you don’t have to.

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