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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)
1
Section 1: Introduction to Threat Hunting, Analytical Models, and Hunting Methodologies
4
Section 2: Leveraging the Elastic Stack for Collection and Analysis
11
Section 3: Operationalizing Threat Hunting

Technical requirements

In this chapter, you will need access to the following:

  • VirtualBox (or any hypervisor) with at least 12 GB of RAM, 6 CPU cores, and a 70 GB HDD available to Virtual Machine (VM) guests.
  • A Unix-like operating system (such as macOS or Linux) is strongly recommended.
  • A text editor that will not add formatting (for example, Sublime Text, Notepad++, Atom, vi/vim, Emacs, or nano).
  • Access to a command-line interface.
  • The archive program, Tar.
  • A modern web browser with a user interface.
  • A package manager is recommended, but it is not required.
  • macOS Homebrew: https://brew.sh.
  • Ubuntu APT: This is included in Ubuntu-like systems.
  • RHEL/CentOS/Fedora yum or DNF: This is included in RHEL-like systems.
  • Windows Chocolatey: https://chocolatey.org/install.

    Important note

    We'll be building a sandbox to eventually detonate malware for dynamic analysis. It is essential to remember that while we're taking steps to ensure our host is staying...