Cyber Threat Susceptibility Assessment (CTSA) is a methodology for evaluating the susceptibility of a system to cyberattacks developed by MITRE. CTSA quantitatively assesses a system’s inability to resist a cyberattack over a range of cataloged attack Tactics, Techniques, and Procedures (TTPs).
To generate the cyber risk rating, Black Kite only needs the company domain. The engine collects information from VirusTotal, Passive DNs servers, web search engines, and other Internet-wide scanners, as well as Black Kite’s proprietary databases, which hold more than 10 billion historic items. The engine searches the databases to find all IP address ranges and domain names that belong to the company. Black Kite uses what is called Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) to gather information. The following map shows how hackers can leverage their attack vectors by using OSINT resources like hacker forums, social networks, Google, leaked database dumps, paste sites, or even legitimate security services like VirusTotal, Censys, Cymon, Shodan, or Google Safe Browsing.
Black Kite compiles this data into a simple, understandable report with letter-grade scores to help identify and mitigate potential security risks. The platform identifies the risks (CVE/CWE), the risk score of the corresponding vulnerabilities/weaknesses (CVSS/CWSS) and attack patterns (CAPEC/FIPS-199 impact level). Black Kite also classifies the findings into FISMA Cyber Security Framework Area and Maturity Level, NIST 800-53 Control Family, FIPS-200 Area, and NIST 800-37 Process Step. Black Kite does all of this without scanning or modifying any of the organization’s business assets.