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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

Chapter 3: Introduction to the Elastic Stack

The Elastic Stack is a technology stack that is focused on, at its core, search – the ability to search through tremendous amounts of data and to perform analytics. These analytics can have multiple use cases, which are called solutions.

The Elastic Stack is the official name of the products offered by the company Elastic. Previously, these separate software titles were collectively referred to as the ELK Stack, which stood for Elasticsearch, Logstash, and Kibana. The name was changed to the Elastic Stack as the company and projects focused on specific use cases, known as solutions.

In this chapter, we'll go through the following topics:

  • Logstash
  • Elasticsearch
  • Beats and Agents
  • Kibana
  • Elastic solutions