In-Depth Digital Threat Hunting & Purple Teaming
November 2 - 5, 2022
This live hands-on training focuses on in-depth investigation through the logs, memory and digital forensics artifacts to detect, investigate and hunt for the targeted attacks, APT attacks and ransomware attacks
With the rise of APT attacks and targeted ransomware attacks, there's a huge need for in-depth investigation & threat hunting skills to detect these attacks early on before the cost of the breach gets doubled every day.

In the In-Depth Digital Investigation & Threat Hunting Training, you will learn how real APT attacks and targeted attacks work, how to perform in-depth investigation through collecting and analyzing digital artifacts, performing live forensics, memory forensics, and how to automate this process across the whole enterprise in Powershell.

As well, you will learn how to perform threat hunting based on the MITRE ATT&CK framework and powered by threat intelligence. Not just the Attackers' IoCs but their tactics, techniques, and procedures.

This training is for Security Professionals who want to expand their skills in threat hunting, understand how real-world attacks look like and better protect their organizations against APT Attacks, Targeted Ransomware attacks and Fileless attacks

  • Cyber Security Professionals
  • ​Penetration Testers
  • Purple Teamers & Threat Hunters
  • Incident Handlers
  • ​SOC Analysts

We help cybersecurity professionals protect their organizations from the biggest threats they are facing and become the go-to experts in their team

The number of cyberattacks is undoubtedly on the rise, targeting government, military, public and private sectors. 

These cyber-attacks focus on targeting individuals or organizations with an effort to extract valuable information, gaining money through a ransom, or damaging their reputation. 43% of cyber attacks these organizations are facing are Advanced Malware, APT Attacks, or zero-day attacks.

With adversaries getting sophisticated, the best way to test enterprise security operations & defenses against them is through simulating their attacks, leveraging the same tactics, techniques, and procedures (TTPs).

This intensive live training will take you on a journey into the attacker mindset, we will be covering how to real APT Attacks, ransomware attacks attack and bypasses the organization's defenses and detection systems. We will detect, investigate and hunt these attacks through logs, live and digital forensic artifacts. You will as well build a threat hunting process to detect these attacks later on and proactively protect your organization against currrent threats

The strategies, skills, and tools required to simulate real targeted attacks and harden your organization's defenses and security teams
Day 1

Introduction to APT Attacks & MITRE ATT&CK

  • What is an APT Attack?
  • ​What are the Attack Stages? And what’s MITTRE ATTACK?
  • APT attack lifecycle
  • ​Examples of real-world APT attacks
  • Red Team Tools & Frameworks (PowerSploit, Powershell EMPIRE, Cobalt Strike, Metasploit, Kali Linux)

Intro to Incident Response & Threat Hunting

  • The Incident Response Lifecycle
  • how attacks are being discovered (SOC, 3rd party & threat hunting)
  • Security Controls and types of logs in an organization
  • ​What's Threat hunting & why threat hunting?
  • ​Types of Threat hunting
  • ​The threat hunting process step by step
  • ​Intelligence-based Threat hunting

Building Your Threat Detection Lab

  • Intro to Log Analysis
  • Build Your honeypot Domain in the Cloud (AWS & Terraform)
  • Installing & Configuring ELK and Winlogbeat
  • Installing & Configuring Sysmon
  • Installing & Configuring OpenEDR
  • Hardening Your Windows machines

Initial Access & Log Analysis

  • Spearphishing Attacks with malicious attachment
  • Spearphishing attacks with links
  • Spearphishing attacks using social media
  • Credential pharming
  • Detecting Spearphishing using EDR Logs
  • Advanced execution techniques
  • ​Analyze attacks using sysmon & Splunk
  • ​Analyze logs using sysmon & Elasticsearch
Day 2

Packet Analysis & Malware Exfiltration

  • Hunting the evil in packets
  • ​Detecting Malware Exfiltration methods
  • Detecting Downloaders, malicious documents, exploits and others
  • Detecting IP Flux, DNS Flux, DNS over HTTPS
  • ​Malicious bits transfer, malware communicating through legitimate websites
  • ​Detecting peer-to-peer communication, Remote COM Objects and unknown RDP Communications
  • ​Hands-on analysis using Wireshark & Microsoft Network Monitor
  • ​Hunting the evil in zeek logs
  • ​Hands-on analysis using zeek logs & Elasticsearch 

Malware In-Depth & Malware Functionalities

  • Types of Malware
  • Malware Functionalities in-depth (APIs, Code Functionalities & Detection Techniques)
  • Malware Encryption & Obfuscation (packing, strings encryption, API encryption .. etc)
  •  Strings and API Encryption & Obfuscation
  • Network communication Encryption & Obfuscation
  • Virtual machine & Malware analysis tools bypass techniques
  • Write your own YARA rule

In Depth Investigation & Forensics

  • Why in-depth investigation?
  • Detecting malware persistence: Autoruns registry keys and options
  • Detecting malware persistence: Scheduled tasks and jobs
  • Detecting malware persistence: BITs jobs 
  • ​Detecting malware persistence: Image File Execution Options & File Association 
  • ​Detecting Malware & Malicious Documents Execution (Prefetch, MRU, Shims, Outlook Attachments)
  • ​$MFT structure and cavity searching
  • ​How to perform Live Forensics (Hands-on)
Day 3

Malware Defence Evasion Techniques

  • Process Injection (DLL & Shellcode Injection)
  • Advanced Process Injection (APC Queue Injection)
  • Advanced Injections: Using NTFS NxF Feature
  • Detecting Process injection using Sysmon logs
  • Detecting Process injection using Live Forensics
  • ​Use of legitimate applications for Applocker bypass
  • Disguise malware using COM Objects
  • Detecting & preventing the abuse of the legitimate applications
  • ​Sysmon & ​EDR Bypass Techniques
  • ​Detecting EDR bypass techniques with Live forensics

Memory Forensics

  • Intro to Memory Forensics & Volatlity
  • ​Capture a full memory dump
  • Extract suspicious & hidden processes
  • Detecting memory injection, process hollowing & API hooking
  • ​Detect injected threads using call stack backtracing
  • ​Detect suspicious network communication & extract network packets
  • ​Detect malware persistence Functionalities using registry hives
  • ​Detect the initial access using Prefetch files & MFT extraction
  • ​Extract windows event logs from memory
  • ​Automate memory processing using python
Day 4

Malware Privilege Escalation Techniques

  • UAC bypasses using legitimate apps
  • ​UAC bypasses using COM objects
  • ​UAC bypasses using Shimming
  • ​Abusing Services for privilege escalation
  • ​​DLL Order Hijacking
  • ​Privilege escalation to SYSTEM
  • ​Best practicies for detecting & preventing privilege escalation 
  • ​Mac OSX & Linux privilege escalation

Incident Response In an Enterprise: Powershell Intro

  • Intro to Powershell
  • ​Powershell Remoting
  • Logon Types and Powershell vs RDP
  • Collect & Analyze Malicious Artifacts using Kansa
  • Collect Minidumps using Powershell
  • ​Detect suspicious processes using Powershell
  • ​Automating Artifacts collection & analysis for threat intelligence
  • ​Convert your threat hunting hypothesis into an alert
  • ​Write your own SIGMA rules

Credential Theft Detection & Prevention

  • Detecting & Preventing Lsass Memory dump
  • Detecting & Preventing Token Impersonation
  • Find attack paths & weak links using Bloodhound
Your Trainers

Amr Thabet

Amr Thabet is a malware researcher and an incident handler with over 10 years of experience, he worked in some of the Fortune 500 companies including Symantec, Tenable, and others. 

He is the founder of MalTrak and the author of "Mastering Malware Analysis" published by Packt Publishing.

Amr has spoken at top security conferences all around the world, including DEFCON, Hack In Paris and VB Conference. He was also featured in Christian Science Monitor for his work on Stuxnet.

His mission is to help security professionals all around the world to build their expertise in malware analysis, threat hunting, red teaming. and most importantly, protect their organization's infrastructure from targeted attacks, ransomware attacks, and APT attacks.
Muhammed Talaat
Muhammed Talaat
Muhammed Talaat is a Malware Researcher & Cybersecurity Consultant in CyShield. He has an extensive experience in malware analysis, red teaming and customized malware development for different systems.

He has done multiple researches on bypassing some of the top cybersecurity defenses including Endpoint Detection Response products (EDR) and other products

He had worked for private sectors in the field of defensive strategies and malware research

He specializes in Reverse Engineering low-level systems (Firmware , ECUs , Kernel projects ..etc) and he has a solid knowledge in Automotive Security (Car Hacking) field. 
The strategies, skills, and tools required to analyze malicious software are essential to detect, investigate and defend against such attacks.

The strategies, skills, and tools required to simulate real targeted attacks and harden your organization's defenses and security teams

Reserve Your seat
  • Good IT administration background in Windows mainly (Linux is preferred) 
  • Good cybersecurity background
  • Good programming skills in C++ 
  • Laptop with minimum 8GB RAM and 60GB free hard disk space
  • ​VMware Workstation or VMware Fusion (even trial versions can be used). You can use VirtualBox or other virtualization software. However, the training will be delivered based on VMware Workstation.
  • ​Delegates must have full administrator access for the Windows operating system installed inside the VMware Workstation/Fusion.
  • ​Delegates have Microsoft Visual Studio or GNU C++ Compiler installed on their machine and their preferred Code Editor (Visual Studio or VS Code are preferred)
Note: VMware player is not suitable for this training.
WHAT materials are provided?
  • Training Prerequisite & Lab Setup Guide: a step by step guide to prepare your isolated virtualized environment for executing and analyzing malware
  • ​Malware Analysis Lab VM (Windows 7 VM) with all required tools pre-installed. It will be provided in .ova format
  • ​The labs/exercises samples and memory images.
  • ​A printed copy of mastering Malware Analysis Book
  • ​A printed copy of Malware Analysis & Reverse Engineering Workbook which includes all the exercises taught in the training with step by step solutions to them.
HOW LONG IS THE TRAINING AND WHAT's the schedule like?
The training is a total of 4 days (6 hours of workshop/day). Each day will have a schedule that looks like the following:

11:00am : Workshops Starts
2:00pm : Lunch
4:30pm : Afternoon Tea-Break (15 mins)
6:00pm : Workshops Ends (Depends on the trainers)

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