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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 7: Using Kibana to Explore and Visualize Data

So far, we've spent a great deal of time introducing you to the various parts of the Elastic Stack and building infrastructure that will be used to create and collect data for analysis. In this chapter, we'll learn how to navigate inside the Discover app, spend time exploring data using different types of query languages, create visualizations that facilitate the presentation of our data in a hunting context, and finally, arrange those visualizations onto dashboards to help organize our hunting methodologies.

In this chapter, you'll learn how to create queries, saved searches, visualizations, and dashboards throughout the Kibana dashboard. These skills will be built upon as we continue to dig deeper into the Elastic Security solution.

In this chapter, we'll take a look at the following topics:

  • The Discover app
  • Query languages
  • The Visualization app
  • The Dashboard app