The CARVER method is an offensive targeting prioritization tool that has been adapted for use in multiple industries including military, law enforcement, information technology, humanitarian and food manufacturing sectors.
This tool can be used to assess the vulnerabilities within a system or infrastructure to an attack. It allows you to think like an attacker by identifying the most attractive targets for attack. By conducting such a vulnerability assessment and determining the most vulnerable points in your infrastructure, you can then focus your resources on protecting your most vulnerable points.

CARVER is an acronym for the following six attributes used to evaluate the attractiveness of a target for attack:

  • Criticality – measure of how critical a node is to your service
  • Accessibility – ability to physically access and egress from target
  • Recuperability – ability of system to recover from an attack
  • Vulnerability – ease of accomplishing attack
  • Effect – amount of direct loss from an attack
  • Recognizability – ease of identifying target

Course Curriculum

Introduction 00:15:00
Establishing Parameters 00:05:00
Assembling the Team 00:05:00
The Context 00:10:00
Establishing your Scoring Criteria 00:05:00
Criticality 00:10:00
Accessibility 00:15:00
Recuperability 00:10:00
Vulnerability 00:05:00
Effect 00:10:00
Recognizability 00:10:00
Industry Specific Criteria 00:05:00
Final Values and Interpretation 00:10:00
Templates and Downloads 00:00:00
CARVER Quiz 00:30:00

Course Reviews


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  1. 5

    The content was very well organized and easy to follow. I highly recommend this course for anyone who wants to learn about vulnerability assessments.

  2. 5

    A well organized course discussing the fundamentals of vulnerability assessments and the application of the CARVER methodology.

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