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Introduction to Threat Hunting

Introduction to Threat Hunting

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Welcome to our course for Threat Hunting! This specialised purple-team role focuses on detecting advanced threats that are already within the network, and have so far remained undetected. Using both manual and automated techniques, Threat Hunters search for malicious artefacts over the network and on systems. This role is highly technical and is ever-changing, as adversaries change their tactics, hunters must develop new tools and methods for discovering signs of threats that traditional security controls haven’t detected yet.

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Practical Challenges

Below are the practical aspects that are included in this course, giving you a chance to put the knowledge you’ve learned into practice, and gain some hands-on experience.


You’ll learn what Indicators of Compromise are, and how to generate your own for files. These will be used in the next challenge where you will search a system using these IOCs to find evidence of various files and malware that is hiding.​


You’ll learn how to use IOCs to search an entire system for any evidence of them, allowing you to identify suspicious or malicious files used values such as strings, MD5 hashes, file names, file size, and more.​


You will be given a system image, which you must load as a virtual machine, and use techniques to generate IOCs from two malware samples, and then search the system to find all other copies of the malware that are hidden deep inside.

What tools does the course cover?

Below is a list of the tools and services that this course will teach you how to use. Some tools or services may be missing from this list, so it should not be treated as a complete index for everything within the course.

  • Mandiant IOC Collector
  • MD5 Hashing
  • SHA-1 Hashing
  • Strings
  • File Properties
  • Mandiant Redline
  • Virtual Machines
Completion Certificate

If you complete the final exam, you will be eligible to receive an e-certificate showing that you have completed this course and developed your network analysis fundamental skills! Great for sharing on LinkedIn to showcase your motivation and drive to develop your skills (plus we love hearing from our students!)

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Generating IOCs

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