Assess vulnerability of 3rd party vendors

Once a 3rd party vendor has been identified as being of interest it can be probed for vulnerabilities just like the main target would be. [1] [2]

ID: T1298

Tactic: Organizational Weakness Identification

Version: 1.0


Detectable by Common Defenses (Yes/No/Partial): No

Explanation: 3rd parties would most likely not report network scans to their partners. Target network would not know that their 3rd party partners were being used as a vector.

Difficulty for the Adversary

Easy for the Adversary (Yes/No): Yes

Explanation: The difficult part is enumerating all 3rd parties. Finding major partners would not be difficult. Significantly easier with insider knowledge. Vulnerability scanning the 3rd party networks is trivial.


  1. Kim Zetter. (2015, January 4). The Biggest Security Threats We’ll Face in 2015. Retrieved March 5, 2017.
  1. Paul Ziobro. (2014, February 6). Target Breach Began With Contractor's Electronic Billing Link. Retrieved March 6, 2017.