Attack Pattern

Similar cyber events or behaviors that may indicate an attack has occurred or is occurring, resulting in a security violation or a potential security violation.

Extended Definition: For software, descriptions of common methods for exploiting software systems.

Adapted from: Oak Ridge National Laboratory Visualization Techniques for Computer Network Defense, MITRE’s CAPEC web site

Source: NICCS™ Portal Cybersecurity Lexicon, National Initiative for Cybersecurity Careers and Studies ( as of 11 November 2015, Global Standards

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