Gartner Research

Addressing the Cyber Kill Chain

Published: 07 April 2016

ID: G00298058

Analyst(s): Craig Lawson


The Cyber Kill Chain model describes how attackers use a common cycle of methods to compromise an organization. IT security leaders can use this research to align security programs to adversaries and improve their ability to predict, prevent, detect and respond to threats.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges



  • Understand the Phases of the Cyber Kill Chain
  • Focus on Why Attackers Are So Successful
  • Address the Cyber Kill Chain at Each Phase
    • Reconnaissance
    • Weaponization
    • Delivery
    • Exploitation
    • Installation
    • Command and Control
    • Action on Targets
  • Take Steps to Augment Your Existing Prevention Methods

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