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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

Installing VMware ESXI

The first thing you will need to do is set up your server with the VMware ESXI Hypervisor. A hypervisor is a piece of software that allows you to create and run virtual machines. There are two types of hypervisors: those that run over a host system (hosted hypervisors), such as VirtualBox, VMware Workstation Player, QEMU, KVM, and so on, and those that are bare metal, which run straight on the hardware.

You can download the VMware ESXI Hypervisor from and install it by following VMware's official installation guide at

Once you've completed the installation process and logged into the control panel, you are going to see something similar to the following. Here, we can see the VMware ESXI home panel. This is where you can view your hardware specifications and manage the creation...