Overview

This course is designed to demystify the Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) architecture and process. By navigating the student through the steps of tailoring and deploying a SIEM to full Security Operations Center (SOC) integration, the material will cover many bases in the "appropriate" use of a SIEM platform to enrich readily available log data in enterprise environments, as well as extracting actionable intelligence. Once collected, the student will be shown how to present the gathered input into useable formats to aid in eventual correlation. Students will then iterate through the log data and events to analyse key components that will allow them to learn how rich this information is, how to correlate the data, how to start investigating based on the aggregate data, and finally, how to go hunting with this newly gained knowledge. They will also learn how to deploy internal post-exploitation tripwires and breach canaries to nimbly detect sophisticated intrusions. Throughout the course, the text and labs will not only show how to manually perform these actions, but how to automate many of the processes mentioned so students may employ these tasks the day they return to the office. The underlying theme is to actively apply Continuous Monitoring and analysis techniques by utilising modern cyber threat attacks. Labs will involve replaying captured attack data to provide real world results and visualisations.

Learning Outcome

Participants will be able to: 

  • Deploy the SANS SOF-ELK VM in production environments
  • Demonstrate ways most SIEMs commonly lag current open source solutions (e.g. SOF-ELK)
  • Bring students up to speed on SIEM use, architecture, and best practices
  • Know what type of data sources to collect logs from
  • Deploy a scalable logs solution with multiple ways to retrieve logs
  • Operationalise ordinary logs into tactical data
  • Develop methods to handle billions of logs from many disparate data sources
  • Understand best practice methods for collecting logs
  • Dig into log manipulation techniques challenging many SIEM solutions
  • Build out graphs and tables that can be used to detect adversary activities and abnormalities
  • Combine data into active dashboards that make analyst review more tactical
  • Utilise adversary techniques against them by using frequency analysis in large data sets
  • Develop baselines of network activity based on users and devices
  • Develop baselines of Windows systems with the ability to detect changes from the baseline
  • Apply multiple forms of analysis such as long tail analysis to find abnormalities
  • Correlate and combine multiple data sources to achieve more complete understanding
  • Provide context to standard alerts to help understand and prioritise them
  • Use log data to establish security control effectiveness
  • Implement log alerts that create virtual tripwires for early breach detection

Who should Attend?

  • Security Analyst
  • Security Architects
  • Senior Security Engineers
  • Technical Security Managers
  • SOC Analysts
  • SOC Engineers
  • SOC Managers
  • CND Analysts
  • Security Monitoring
  • System Administrators
  • Cyber Threat Investigators
  • Individuals working to implement Continuous Security Monitoring or Network
  • Individuals working in a hunt team capacity

Eligibility Criteria

Participants should:

  • Have basic understanding of TCP/IP, logging methods and techniques, and general operating system fundamentals.
  • Have moderate familiarisation with logging systems (both network and host) and messaging queues
  • Be accustomed to command-line activity
  • Basic understanding of commercial/open source SIEM solutions is a bonus
This course is endorsed under Critical Infocomm Technology Resource Programme Plus (CITREP+) Programme.
To find out more about CITREP+ Funding, please refer to Programme Support under CITREP+ page


Information is accurate as of 14 January 2020