Network attacks and exploitation: a framework

There is no other book like this one, indeed I would say this is the only book I have read of this nature. It has been written and edited by Matthew Monte and Dave Aitel two experts in the field. The main focus of the book is Computer Network Exploitation (CNE) from a strategic point…

Free cyber intelligence courses from Augusta university

By chance, a few days ago I came across three free courses from the University of Augusta. These courses have been recognized by the NSA’s cybersecurity curriculum program. http://jagwire.augusta.edu/prestigious-nsa-recognition-for-augusta-university-cyber-security-instruction/ The courses are the following: The Global Cyber Threat Environment Cyber Conflict Strategic Cybersecurity I have not had time to go through all the courses however…

Active Cyber Defence: deception and attacker control (2)

Let’s assume that until now, we have been applying active cyber defence in our environment. We are consuming intelligence, creating intelligence and working in tandem with our security operations teams to outmaneuver the adversary. We have also adopted the cyber kill chain model and other models to integrate intelligence within operations. Also, we are updating…

Active Cyber Defence: The need for an active cyber defence model (1)

It’s been some time since the first honeypots were developed and the concept of deception contemplated as a potential mechanism to detect, slow down and counter-attack the opponent. We are looking at 15 to 20 years of attempts to embrace cyber deception, almost in parallel in the same amount of time the threat has evolved…

Advanced Hunting with RSA Netwitness

In this post I will quickly go through RSA Netwitness which is other solution specific for Threat Hunting. This solution has a complete different approach to other existent ones in the market. RSA Netwitness leverages the power of metadata, packet capture and logs to ease the Threat Hunting process. RSA has developed Netwitness investigator in…

Detecting Lateral movement through event logs

Japan Cert has recently released a new research paper in wich the show the value of envent logs for the detection of lateral movement. The research papers is outstanding following the quaility of all documentation that the Japan Cert often releases to the public. The research provides and insight into the current tools used by…

A Lustrum of Malware Network Communication: Evolution and Insights

I recently came across this white paper which focuses in the dynamic analysis of network indicators for threat detection. The paper is very easy to read and I found very surprising some of the conclusions obtained from the research. The most revealing one is the fact that months before researchers have access or discovered a…

Cyber Threat hunting with Sqrrl (From Beaconing to Lateral Movement)

This is a review of one of the new generation continuous security monitoring solutions. They have been evolving from a reactive to a proactive approach, today we call them threat hunting platforms. Sqrrl combines outstanding visualization capabilities and strong cyber analytics models to make threat hunting and incident detection a walk in the park. To…

Memory Forensics with Vshot and Remnux (code injection, 4)

With this post we are getting nearly to the end of these series of memory analyis with Vshot and Remnux. In this post we are covering some of the plugins to detect the most targeted and stealthy attacks you can find today out there. More often than in previous years, I am coming across more…

Network Threat Hunting Books

  Here I leave you what are the best books I have ever read for network threat hunting – security monitoring. These books at the time I read them help me to get back on my feet after some long time without firing wireshark and seeing and nice packet capture. I recommend them as they…

Memory Forensics with Vshot and Remnux (1)

This is a series of posts in which I am going to quickly explain some basic theory around memory forensics and how to hunt your attacker once he has been identified inside your network. I am also going to alleviate the burden of extracting information from your endpoint memory dump with the Vshot script which…