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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

The Threat Hunting Maturity Model

The composition of the threat hunting team and the time dedicated to hunting itself is going to be determined by the size and needs of your organization. When there is no budget for a dedicated team, the time for the hunt is going to come out of the work schedules of other security analysts. In this scenario, the analysts are usually part of the SOC or incident response team.

So, if the team has limited resources, in order to carry out a successful threat hunting program, it is necessary for us to carefully plan and prepare the hunt, as well as combine our processes and experiences with our great knowledge of the tools, the techniques, and the technology we are using. Here is where David Bianco's Threat Hunting Maturity Model can help us determine where we are standing and what we need to do in order to grow our hunting team.

Determining our maturity model

All organizations can perform threat hunting, but in order to do it effectively...