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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

Enhancing analysis with open source tools

Throughout this book, we've leaned heavily, if not exclusively, on open source software to achieve our analytical goals. From building our sandbox to analyzing malicious files and network traffic, almost everything we as analysts and hunters do can be derived from the open source community.

When I first started exploring IT security, I was suspicious of open source software. My thought, like many who were new to this discipline, was that if it's open and available, anyone can see how to exploit it. If you had a closed system, those security holes could never be known, and thus never exploited.

If I fast-forward 25 years, I know that was a naïve understanding of the open source community and now realize it as the cornerstone of so many popular and almost required tools for performing analysis.

In the next section, we'll talk about the MITRE ATT&CK Navigator to view and analyze focused TTPs.

MITRE ATT&CK Navigator...