Malicious Network Traffic Analysis Training

Uncover system intrusions by identifying malicious network activity with this Malicious Network Traffic Analysis Training course. There are a tremendous number of network-based attacks occurring every day, and that number is increasing rapidly. To defend against these attacks, they must be understood at the packet level. This Malicious Network Traffic Analysis Training course teaches you how to analyze, detect, and understand the network-based attacks that have become pervasive on today’s Internet.

By learning to identify statistical patterns and isolate events of interest, students will gain the skills needed to perform critical, real-time analysis in a production environment. Malicious Network Traffic Analysis Training employs several traffic analysis tools including Wireshark, Network Miner and RSA’s NetWitness Investigator alongside custom tools and scripts developed by our networking experts to train students how to detect and analyze these network attacks.

Malicious Network Traffic Analysis TrainingDuration: 5 days

  • We can adapt this Malicious Network Traffic Analysis Training course to your group’s background and work requirements at little to no added cost.
  • If you are familiar with some aspects of this Malicious Network Traffic Analysis course, we can omit or shorten their discussion.
  • We can adjust the emphasis placed on the various topics or build the Malicious Network Traffic Analysis Course around the mix of technologies of interest to you (including technologies other than those included in this outline).
  • If your background is nontechnical, we can exclude the more technical topics, include the topics that may be of special interest to you (e.g., as a manager or policy-maker), and present the Malicious Network Traffic Analysis course in manner understandable to lay audiences.

The target audience for this Malicious Network Traffic Analysis course:

  • Threat operation analysts seeking a better understanding of network-based malware and attacks
  • Incident responders who need to quickly address a system security breach
  • Forensic investigators who need to identify malicious network attacks
  • Individuals who want to learn what malicious network activity looks like and how to identify it

The knowledge and skills that a learner must have before attending this Malicious Network Traffic Analysis course are:

  • Attending students should have a thorough understanding of Microsoft Windows
  • Comptia’s Network+ and Security+ certifications would be beneficial but not required
  • Knowledge of IPv4 networking protocols is required
  • Python scripting abilities would be beneficial
  • Skills and experience with Wireshark display filtering is required
Malicious Network Traffic Analysis Training - OBJECTIVES

Upon completing this Malicious Network Traffic Analysis course, learners will be able to meet these objectives:

  • Identify and analyze attacks across the various layers of the network stack
  • Identify signs of reconnaissance being conducted against a network and recommend mitigation steps to limit the data provided to attackers
  • Perform flow analysis to uncover anomalous and malicious activity at a statistical level
  • Detect and investigate tunneling, botnet command & control traffic, and other forms of covert communications being utilized in a network
  • Accurately correlate multiple stages of malicious activity in order to build a complete picture of the scope and impact of a coordinated network intrusion
Malicious Network Traffic Analysis Training - COURSE SYLLABUS
Day 1:

What Constitutes Malicious Traffic?

  • Malicious Traffic Generators
  • Recent Trends in Malware Networking

Network Attack Lifecycle

  • Reconnaissance Phase
  • Attack Phase
  • Proliferation Phase
  • OSI Layer Attacks
  • Targeted Attack vs. Large Scale Attack

Network Intrusion Analysis Process

  • Strategic
  • Tactical
  • Operational
  • ANRC

Analytical Tools of the Trade

  • IDS/IPS Technologies
  • Flow Analysis Tools
  • Protocol Analysis Tools
  • Logs

Beginning Phase of Attacks – Recon

  • Types of Recon

NMAP Port Scans

  • Host discover
  • TCP Ping Sweep
  • TCP Connect Scan
  • XMS Tress Scan
  • SYN Stealth Scan
  • UDP Scan
  • O/S Discovery Scan
Day 2:

Vulnerability Discovery Phase

  • Vulnerability Analysis Tools
  • Vulnerability Analysis Detection

User Layer Attacks

  • Phishing
  • Speak Phishing
  • Whaling
  • Social Engineering Emails

Application Layer Attacks

  • Input Validation Attacks
  • SQL Injection
  • Brute Force Attacks
  • Browser Attacks
  • IE and Firefox Exploits
  • Application Layer Analyst Takeaways

Presentation Layer Attacks

  • SMB MS08-067 Study
  • ASN Attack Study

Session Layer Attacks

  • Man-in-the-Middle (MITM)
  • ARP Poisoning/Spoofing
  • Session Layer Analyst Takeaways

Transport Layer Attacks

  • TCP Sequence Prediction
  • TCP Redirection
  • Denial of Service Attacks
  • Tunneling
  • Transport Layer Analyst Takeaways

Network Layer Attacks

  • ICMP Redirects
  • DHCP Poisoning/Spoofing
  • Network Layer Analysis Takeaways

Data Link Layer Attacks

  • ARP Poisoning
  • ARP Poisoning One Way

Physical Layer Attacks

  • Theft
  • Power Outages
  • Los off Environmental Control
  • Unauthorized Data Connections
  • Physical Network Taps
  • Physical Network Redirection
Day 3:

Botnet History and Evolution

  • Botnets 2003 to the present
  • AgoBot
  • Operation b49

Botnet Architectures and Design

  • Command and Control Structures
  • Lifecycle Stages

Malicious Uses

  • Port Scanning
  • Exploitation
  • DNS Proxy (Fast Flux Service Networks)
  • Web Services
  • Spam Services

Botnet Communications

  • Botnet Recruitment
  • Communication Protocols
  • Bot Evasion and Concealment
  • Identification Challenges
  • Fast Flux Service Network
  • Double Flux Services

Analysis Techniques

  • Baselining Network Activity
  • Situational Awareness
  • Ingress and Egress SMTP and HTTP
  • FFSN Activity
  • Flow Analysis
  • Black Energy Walkthrough
  • Zeus Walkthrough
Day 4:

Covert Communication Methods

  • Data Exfiltration
  • Command and Control
  • Methods: Tunneling and Encryption

Network Layer Tunneling

  • IPv6 Tunneling
  • ICMP Tunneling
  • Analyst Takeaways

Transport Layer Tunneling

  • TCP/UDP Tunneling
  • Analyst Takeaways

Application Layer Tunneling

  • HTTP Tunneling
  • DNS Tunneling
  • DNSCat
  • Analyst Takeaways

Traffic Cloaking

  • Using Websites to Conceal Malicious Activities
  • Limited Attribution
  • Social Networking and Encryption Benefits
  • Cloud Computing Data Centers
Day 5:

Student Practical Demonstration

  • Using the tools, skills, and methodologies taught in days one through four of the class you will uncover a multi-part network intrusion. In the intrusion capture files there will be at least three application Layer attacks, two advanced communications methods, and a hacker toolkit to discover. You will have to prepare a report detailing the attack from start to finish as well as document what things the hacker did as well as what information was leaked if any.
  • Wireshark Exercise Part 1
  • Wireshark Exercise Part 2
  • Metadata Analysis
  • Reconnaissance #1
  • Hard NOC Life
  • Reconnaissance #2
  • Reconnaissance #3
  • Big Bad Recon Scan
  • Global Consulting Intrusion #1
  • Global Consulting Intrusion #2
  • Holophone Intrusion #1
  • Holophone Intrusion #2
  • Multi-Stage #1
  • Holophone Intrusion #3
  • Holophone Intrusion #4
  • Advanced Persistent Threat
  • Global Consulting Intrusion #3
  • Data Mining
  • Johnson Trucking
  • Final Scenario
Malicious Network Traffic Analysis Training Course Wrap-Up

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