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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

Enriching events with third-party tools

In the previous section, we worked a bit with MITRE's ATT&CK Navigator, a powerful tool that will allow you to shape and prioritize defensive considerations. Next, we're going to look at tools that can be used to enrich technical data observed during a hunt or incident response.


IPinfo is a website that can be used for free to gain insights into IP addresses, such as where they are located geographically, who owns them, and the hostname assigned to the IP.

This information can be collected from their website or using their exposed API endpoint, which is faster and can be done anywhere you have a command prompt.

To start, you can browse to and either create an account or see basic information without registering. While that can be helpful, let's query the API to get information about IP addresses we may identify during a hunt. To do that, open a command prompt and use the cURL program (this is...