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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

Test yourself

Having reached the end of this chapter, we have covered all the minimum knowledge required before getting into the practical exercises. Therefore, it's time to take a little quiz to review what you have learned so far.

Choose the right answer to the following questions:

  1. According to Breakspear, intelligence should:

    a) Forecast change in time to do something about it.

    b) Provide accurate information about threats.

    c) Forecast a threat actor's activities.

  2. The objective of a cyber threat intelligence analyst is to:

    a) Produce and deliver relevant and curated information.

    b) Produce and deliver relevant, not necessarily accurate, but timely curated information.

    c) Produce and deliver relevant, accurate, and timely curated information.

  3. Threat hunting is not:

    a) Cyber threat intelligence mixed with incident response.

    b) A fully automated activity.

    c) All of the above.

  4. We understand that dwell time is:

    a) The amount of time that passes between the adversary...