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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

Appendix – The State of the Hunt

If you've made it this far, you probably already have a fair idea of how to start a threat-hunting program. The next thing you need to do is to repeat the exercises in this book in your own environment. As much as this book has taught you, really deep understanding and the instincts to follow a hunch will only come with practice. The more hunts you do, and the more you examine the results and assess your success, the more you will develop the ability to sense where an adversary might be hiding. So, before putting an end to this book, let's review the evolution of threat hunting in the industry according to SANS surveys from 2017 until 2019.

The first SANS webinar about threat hunting is dated February 2, 2016. The first whitepaper on the topic is from March 1, 2016. This really doesn't mean that threat hunting wasn't being carried out before that time; it wasn't until more or less a year before those dates that the...