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Threat Hunting with Elastic Stack

By : Andrew Pease
5 (1)
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

Chapter 6: Data Collection with Beats and Elastic Agent

In the last chapter, we built the virtual machines (VMs) needed for your hunting lab. In this chapter, we're going to configure all of the infrastructure used to collect all of the data we're going to generate once we start threat hunting.

It is important that the two VMs you built in Chapter 4, Building Your Hunting Lab – Part 1 and Chapter 5, Building Your Hunting Lab – Part 2, are operational and are able to communicate using the connection test at the end of the chapter.

In this chapter, you'll learn how to configure the collection agents and tools you installed in Chapter 4, Building Your Hunting Lab – Part 1 and Chapter 5, Building Your Hunting Lab – Part 2. Additionally, we'll cover the configuration of Fleet that we'll use to manage Elastic Agent.

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

  • Data flow
  • Configuring Winlogbeat and Packetbeat...