Advanced Incident Response, Threat Hunting, and Digital Forensics

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About the course

Instructor: Nick Klein
6,275 EUR 6,025 EUR paid by Jul 17

GCFA Certification
Affiliate Pricing
36 CPEs
Laptop Required

Masters Program
DoDD 8140
(CNDSP Incident Responder)
Cyber Guardian


FOR508: Advanced Incident Response and Threat Hunting Course will help you to:

Detect how and when a breach occurred
Identify compromised and affected systems
Perform damage assessments and determine what was stolen or changed
Contain and remediate incidents
Develop key sources of threat intelligence
Hunt down additional breaches using knowledge of the adversary

DAY 0: A 3-letter government agency contacts you to say an advanced threat group is targeting organizations like yours, and that your organization is likely a target. They won't tell how they know, but they suspect that there are already several breached systems within your enterprise. An advanced persistent threat, aka an APT, is likely involved. This is the most sophisticated threat that you are likely to face in your efforts to defend your systems and data, and these adversaries may have been actively rummaging through your network undetected for months or even years.

This is a hypothetical situation, but the chances are very high that hidden threats already exist inside your organization's networks. Organizations can't afford to believe that their security measures are perfect and impenetrable, no matter how thorough their security precautions might be. Prevention systems alone are insufficient to counter focused human adversaries who know how to get around most security and monitoring tools.

The key is to constantly look for attacks that get past security systems, and to catch intrusions in progress, rather than after attackers have completed their objectives and done significant damage to the organization. For the incident responder, this process is known as "threat hunting". Threat hunting uses known adversary behaviors to proactively examine the network and endpoints in order to identify new data breaches.

Threat hunting and Incident response tactics and procedures have evolved rapidly over the past several years. Your team can no longer afford to use antiquated incident response and threat hunting techniques that fail to properly identify compromised systems, provide ineffective containment of the breach, and ultimately fail to rapidly remediate the incident. Incident response and threat hunting teams are the keys to identifying and observing malware indicators and patterns of activity in order to generate accurate threat intelligence that can be used to detect current and future intrusions.

This in-depth incident response and threat hunting course provides responders and threat hunting teams with advanced skills to hunt down, identify, counter, and recover from a wide range of threats within enterprise networks, including APT nation-state adversaries, organized crime syndicates, and hactivists. Constantly updated, FOR508: Advanced Incident Response and Threat Hunting addresses today's incidents by providing hands-on incident response and threat hunting tactics and techniques that elite responders and hunters are successfully using to detect, counter, and respond to real-world breach cases.

The course uses a hands-on enterprise intrusion lab -- modeled after a real-world targeted APT attack on an enterprise network and based on APT group tactics to target a network -- to lead you to challenges and solutions via extensive use of the SIFT Workstation and best-of-breed investigative tools.

During the intrusion and threat hunting lab exercises, you will identify where the initial targeted attack occurred and how the adversary is moving laterally through multiple compromised systems. You will also extract and create crucial cyber threat intelligence that can help you properly scope the compromise and detect future breaches.

During a targeted attack, an organization needs the best incident response team in the field. FOR508: Advanced Incident Response and Threat Hunting will train you and your team to respond, detect, scope, and stop intrusions and data breaches.


FOR508 Course Topics

Advanced use of a wide range of best-of-breed open-source tools and the SIFT Workstation to perform incident response and digital forensics.

Hunting and responding to advanced adversaries such as nation-state actors, organized crime, and hacktivists.

Threat hunting techniques that will aid in quicker identification of breaches.

Rapid incident response analysis and breach assessment.
Incident response and intrusion forensics methodology.

Remote and enterprise incident response system analysis.
Windows live incident response and scaling collection of triage data.
Investigating and countering living of the land attacks, including PowerShell and WMI.

Memory analysis during incident response and threat hunting.
Transitioning memory analysis skills to enterprise detection and response (EDR) platforms. Detailed instruction on compromise and protection of Windows enterprise credentials.

Internal lateral movement analysis and detection.
Rapid and deep-dive timeline creation and analysis.

Volume shadow copy exploitation for hunting threats and incident response.

Detection of anti-forensics and adversary hiding techniques.
Discovery of unknown malware on a system.

Adversary threat intelligence development, indicators of compromise, and usage.

Cyber-kill chain strategies.

Step-by-step tactics and procedures to respond to and investigate intrusion cases.

Course Syllabus

  FOR508.1: Advanced Incident Response & Threat Hunting
  FOR508.2: Intrusion Analysis
  FOR508.3: Memory Forensics in Incident Response & Threat Hunting
  FOR508.4: Timeline Analysis
  FOR508.5: Incident Response & Hunting Across the Enterprise | Advanced Adversary & Anti-Forensics Detection
  FOR508.6: The APT Threat Group Incident Response Challenge

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