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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

Viewing Elasticsearch data with Kibana

Kibana is the web application that sits on top of Elasticsearch. Kibana takes all of those HTTP API queries and puts them into a platform with a great User Experience (UX) so that interacting with the Elasticsearch data is possible to a layperson.

We'll spend a lot of time learning how to navigate Kibana and perform threat hunting in the next few chapters, but for now, we'll just do a basic introduction and point you to the different apps.

Using Kibana to view Elasticsearch data

Using Kibana, we can view all of the data within Elasticsearch. Additionally, we can use Kibana to control parts of the entire Elastic Stack through an intuitive UI.


First, we need to collect the Kibana binary. I'll be doing this on a macOS system, but any OS should be sufficient.

Download Kibana (select your architecture):

Installing Kibana

Now that we've downloaded Kibana, let&apos...