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Practical Threat Intelligence and Data-Driven Threat Hunting

By : Valentina Costa-Gazcón
Book Image

Practical Threat Intelligence and Data-Driven Threat Hunting

By: Valentina Costa-Gazcón

Overview of this book

Threat hunting (TH) provides cybersecurity analysts and enterprises with the opportunity to proactively defend themselves by getting ahead of threats before they can cause major damage to their business. This book is not only an introduction for those who don’t know much about the cyber threat intelligence (CTI) and TH world, but also a guide for those with more advanced knowledge of other cybersecurity fields who are looking to implement a TH program from scratch. You will start by exploring what threat intelligence is and how it can be used to detect and prevent cyber threats. As you progress, you’ll learn how to collect data, along with understanding it by developing data models. The book will also show you how to set up an environment for TH using open source tools. Later, you will focus on how to plan a hunt with practical examples, before going on to explore the MITRE ATT&CK framework. By the end of this book, you’ll have the skills you need to be able to carry out effective hunts in your own environment.
Table of Contents (21 chapters)
Section 1: Cyber Threat Intelligence
Section 2: Understanding the Adversary
Section 3: Working with a Research Environment
Section 4: Communicating to Succeed
Appendix – The State of the Hunt

Chapter 7: Creating a Research Environment

In this chapter, we are going to learn how to set up a research environment to simulate threats and carry out our hunts. We are going to start by simulating an organizational environment with Windows Server and Windows 10, establishing a logging policy for centralizing data in an ELK environment. Finally, we are going to close this chapter by reviewing some of the other options we have to save us some of the trouble of building everything from scratch.

In this chapter, we're going to cover the following topics:

  • Setting up a research environment
  • Installing VMware ESXI
  • Installing Windows Server
  • Configuring Windows Server
  • Setting up ELK
  • Configuring Winlogbeat
  • Bonus – adding Mordor datasets to our ELK instance
  • The HELK – an open source tool by Roberto Rodriguez

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