Center for Threat-Informed Defense

Advancing the state of the art and state of the practice in threat-informed defense globally

Changing the Game on the Adversary

The Center is a non-profit, privately funded research and development organization operated by MITRE Engenuity. The Center’s mission is to advance the state of the art and the state of the practice in threat-informed defense globally.

Comprised of participant organizations from around the globe with highly sophisticated security teams, the Center builds on MITRE ATT&CK®, an important foundation for threat-informed defense used by security teams and vendors in their enterprise security operations.


The results of our Research & Development projects are freely available to the public.

The Center’s unique business model is revered as simple and successful.

The Center offers several options to get involved that align with your organizations goals. 

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Defending IaaS with ATT&CK

Defending IaaS with ATT&CK developed an ATT&CK matrix that enables users to easily understand and work with the techniques applicable to Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) environments, regardless of whether the attacks target the cloud management layer, the container technology, or the hosted infrastructure. The project also developed documentation and tools to simplify creating overlays for other domains like Industrial Control Systems (ICS) or Operational Technology (OT). 

Center for Threat-Informed Defense 2021 Impact Report Cover

2021 Impact Report

The Center for Threat-Informed Defense releases the 2021 Impact Report, highlighting 13 R&D projects readily available to the cybersecurity community. The report illustrates the success of the Center’s unique collaborative R&D approach to advancing threat-informed defense.

Collaborative R&D in the Public Interest

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