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Threat Hunting with Elastic Stack

By : Andrew Pease
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Book Image

Threat Hunting with Elastic Stack

5 (1)
By: Andrew Pease

Overview of this book

Threat Hunting with Elastic Stack will show you how to make the best use of Elastic Security to provide optimal protection against cyber threats. With this book, security practitioners working with Kibana will be able to put their knowledge to work and detect malicious adversary activity within their contested network. You'll take a hands-on approach to learning the implementation and methodologies that will have you up and running in no time. Starting with the foundational parts of the Elastic Stack, you'll explore analytical models and how they support security response and finally leverage Elastic technology to perform defensive cyber operations. You’ll then cover threat intelligence analytical models, threat hunting concepts and methodologies, and how to leverage them in cyber operations. After you’ve mastered the basics, you’ll apply the knowledge you've gained to build and configure your own Elastic Stack, upload data, and explore that data directly as well as by using the built-in tools in the Kibana app to hunt for nefarious activities. By the end of this book, you'll be able to build an Elastic Stack for self-training or to monitor your own network and/or assets and use Kibana to monitor and hunt for adversaries within your network.
Table of Contents (18 chapters)
Section 1: Introduction to Threat Hunting, Analytical Models, and Hunting Methodologies
Section 2: Leveraging the Elastic Stack for Collection and Analysis
Section 3: Operationalizing Threat Hunting

An overview of incident response

This book does not involve defining Incident Response (IR) processes or building an IR plan, although it is important to understand the basic tenets of IR.

In the same way that the Cyber Kill Chain is a process that adversaries use in their execution of campaigns, there is a companion process in dealing with incidents. There are various approaches to the IR processes, but, by and large, they fall into the following six steps:

  1. Preparation
  2. Detection and analysis
  3. Containment
  4. Eviction
  5. Recovery
  6. Lessons learned

Let's look at each of these steps in detail.


The preparation phase is used to define the time between active intrusions. This isn't intended to be binary in that if you're performing an IR engagement, you shouldn't still be preparing for other intrusions.

This is the planning phase and includes ensuring that employees (both IT and non-IT) have been properly trained through security awareness...