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Practical Threat Intelligence and Data-Driven Threat Hunting

By : Valentina Costa-Gazcón
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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 Windows Server

The first thing you will need to do if you don't have a Windows Server ISO file already is to download one from the Microsoft Evaluation Center ( There, you can choose to download a copy of the Windows Server version you are interested in. For this book, I'm going to use the latest version that's available at the time of writing: Windows Server 2019. Note that you may want to download the version your organization is running or even an older version, just to test more vulnerable environments.

Repeat the steps provided in the previous section and upload the Windows Server ISO to the VMware ESXI datastore browser. Then, repeat the steps provided for creating a new virtual machine.

If, in your ESXI version, there is no option to create a Windows Server 2019 machine, don´t worry – you can select the Windows Server 2016 or Windows Server 2016 or later options and...