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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

Setting up a research environment

Before we can carry out a hunt in our production environment, we need to prepare a laboratory environment in which we are going to emulate the threats we want to hunt for. There isn't a unique or right way to build a research environment. The requirements will change, depending on where and what you are planning to deploy. You may want to create a lab so that you can do research by yourself, or you may want to deploy a lab that will mimic your organization's infrastructure, allowing you to emulate the adversary in order to carry out hunts in a production environment later on. You could also create a research environment that focuses more on network traffic analysis than on host-related artifacts.

In this chapter, we are going to build a research environment pretty similar to the one I host myself that's described by Roberto Rodriguez in his personal blog: Setting up a Pentesting… I mean, a Threat Hunting Lab (https://cyberwardog...