FOR578: Cyber Threat Intelligence
Make no mistake: current computer network defense and incident response contains a strong element of intelligence and counterintelligence that analysts must understand and leverage in order to defend their computers, networks, and proprietary data.
FOR578: Cyber Threat Intelligence will help network defenders and incident responders determine:
- The role of cyber threat intelligence in their jobs
- When the analysis of an intrusion by a sophisticated actor is complete
- How to identify, extract, prioritize, and leverage intelligence from advanced persistent threat (APT) intrusions
- How to expand upon existing intelligence to build profiles of adversary groups
- Ways to leverage collected intelligence to improve success in defending against and responding to future intrusions
- How to manage, share, and receive intelligence on APT actors
Conventional network defenses such as intrusion detection systems and anti-virus tools focus on the vulnerability component of risk, and traditional incident response methodology presupposes a successful intrusion. However, the evolving goals and sophistication of computer network intrusions has rendered these approaches insufficient to address the threats faced by many modern networked organizations. Today's adversaries accomplish their goals using advanced tools and techniques designed to circumvent most conventional computer network defense mechanisms, go undetected during the intrusion, and then remain undetected on networks over long periods of time.
Incident response techniques that collect, classify, and exploit knowledge about these adversaries - collectively known as cyber threat intelligence - enable network defenders to establish a state of information superiority that decreases the adversary's likelihood of success with each subsequent intrusion attempt. Threat intelligence can be a force multiplier as organizations look to update their response and detection programs to deal with increasingly sophisticated advanced persistent threats. Responders need accurate, timely, and detailed information to monitor new and evolving attacks, as well as methods to exploit this information to put in place an improved defensive posture.
During a targeted attack, an organization needs the best incident response and hunting team in the field, poised to combat these threats and armed with intelligence about how they operate. FOR578: Cyber Threat Intelligence will train you and your team to respond, detect, scope, and stop intrusions and data breaches.
|FOR578.1: Cyber Threat Intelligence for Intrusions||Mike Cloppert, Robert M. Lee||
Sat Jun 13th, 2015
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
This section introduces students to the most fundamental concepts and models in cyber threat intelligence (CTI), beginning with an understanding of broader intelligence analysis tradecraft. One of the key enablers of CTI is the use of a common lexicon, and every field of study must define its most basic elements and ideas. This section introduces and defines CTI through conventional lectures, class participation, and exercises from the students' lab book.
CPE/CMU Credits: 6
|FOR578.2: Kill Chain for Computer Network Defense||Mike Cloppert, Robert M. Lee||
Sun Jun 14th, 2015
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
One of the most commonly used and basic models covered in Section 1 is the "kill chain," or the series of steps an adversary must accomplish in order to be successful. This section will walk students through analysis of a multi-phase intrusion, from initial discovery of command-and-control to completion of analysis of the event, using the kill chain as a guide to collect intelligence on the sophisticated adversary involved. Other models introduced in Section 1, such as the Courses of Action Matrix, are woven into this section in order to show students their proper role in analyzing a successful intrusion as they slowly work their way up to being able to define a full campaign using the concepts introduced here.
CPE/CMU Credits: 6
!IMPORTANT - BRING YOUR OWN LAPTOP CONFIGURED USING THESE DIRECTIONS!!
A properly configured system is required for each student participating in this course. Before coming to class, carefully read and follow these instructions exactly.
You can use any 64-bit version of Windows, MAC OSX, or Linux as your core operating system that also can install and run VMware virtualization products. You also must have 8 GB of RAM or higher to support virtualization to function properly in the class.
Please download and install VMware Workstation 11, VMware Fusion 7, or VMware Player 7 or higher versions on your system prior to class beginning. If you do not own a licensed copy of VMware Workstation or Fusion, you can download a free 30-day trial copy from VMware. VMware will send you a time-limited serial number if you register for the trial at their Web site.
FOR578 SYSTEM HARDWARE REQUIREMENTS:
PLEASE INSTALL THE FOLLOWING SOFTWARE PRIOR TO CLASS:
IN SUMMARY, BEFORE YOU BEGIN THE COURSE YOU SHOULD:
If you have additional questions about the laptop specifications, please contact email@example.com.
|Who Should Attend|
FOR578 is perfect for SANS DFIR Alumni who are looking to elevate their analytical skills beyond the technical minutiae of data collection, processing, and exploitation to more holistic, intelligence-oriented tradecraft. It is akin to a "capstone" course that teaches students how to "think about thinking," and although it employs techniques such as enterprise incident response (FOR508), network forensics (FOR572), malware analysis (FOR610), and memory analysis (FOR526), it enhances technical skills with an emphasis on analysis. As such, it is not a beginner course; it requires an established understanding of incident response, information security, and a good degree of comfort at Unix and Windows command lines. The degree to which students meet these thresholds will dictate the benefit they gain from the course.