SO-CON 2022: Adversary Tactics - Detection Training Course - October 2022

SO-CON 2022: Adversary Tactics - Detection Training Course - October 2022

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Hyatt Regency Reston

1800 Presidents Street

Reston, VA 20191

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Refund policy

Refunds up to 7 days before event

Eventbrite's fee is nonrefundable.

Hybrid Event - This course will take place onsite in Reston, VA and online, using virtual software to stream live instructors.

About this event

Hybrid Event

This course will take place both In Person in Reston, VA and Live Online (using virtual software to stream live instructors). Course scheduled delivery hours will be 9:00AM to 5:00PM ET.

Limited In Person seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. If you would like to attend In Person, select the "In Person ticket type" during registration.

Confirmed attendees will receive logistics information one week prior to the event.


COVID Safety Protocols

Updated: June 2, 2022

  • Vaccine Status: All attendees and staff are encouraged to be fully vaccinated to attend trainings; however, there will be no vaccine status requirement or verification.
  • Masks: Masks are recommended, but not required, for everyone in attendance. Masks should be well-fitting and cover the nose and mouth.
  • Hand Sanitizing & Washing: Hand sanitizing stations will also be available throughout the training space. We encourage people to wash their hands frequently.
  • Social Distancing: Seats within the classrooms will be laid out to provide spacing between participants. As for social distancing while not in your seat, we ask that you do your best and keep your mask on.
  • Testing: Testing options will be provided onsite.
  • Wellness Checking: Please self-evaluate your wellness on a daily basis. If at any point during the training you feel sick/have a fever/have symptoms of COVID, please quarantine in your hotel room. We can immediately switch you to remote attendance so you don't miss any class time while isolating.
  • Please note that SpecterOps will continue to monitor COVID data and local guidance until the event and may update protocols accordingly. If you have any questions, please contact


You bought all the latest detection tools, but somehow still can't seem to detect mimikatz. IT is screaming about the resource consumption from the multitude of security tools on the endpoints, analysts are barely staying afloat in the oceans of data your toolsets have created, and the latest red team report detailed how response actions were ineffective again. If this sounds familiar for your organization, this is the course for you. We'll walk you through starting with a detection engineering strategy first and then focusing on methodologies to build robust alerting, with the end result of improving detection and response capabilities throughout security operations. This course will provide you the understanding and ability to build robust detections, starting with the why and going all the way to the technical implementation of detecting threat actor activity. You will learn how to apply the methodologies and technical approaches practiced, regardless of the security toolsets deployed in your organization.

In this course, you will:

  • Learn how to best integrate different components of a detection program for maximum effect
  • Integrate "threat hunting" activity into current detection programs to drive meaningful detection engineering
  • Understand different threat hunting campaign approaches
  • Perform data sensor and data source analysis
  • Understand various MITRE TTPs and Threat Intelligence
  • Practice standardized processes for developing technical detections
  • Document detection research into standardized formats for use in security operations
  • In technical labs, practice data aggregation & analysis at scale to detect threat actor activity

Course Summary

Enterprise networks are under constant attack from adversaries of all skill levels and intentions. For many it feels that blue teamers are only facing a losing battle. The attacker "only needs to be successful once" to cause havoc; the blue team must prevent them every time, under every condition, at every step of the way. The goal of this course is to turn that statement on its head and provide you confidence through a new defensive mindset. Preventative solutions are designed to stop attacks before they start, but against an adversary with enough time and resources; all eventually will fail. Rather than making the primary effort of security operations attempting to prevent any attack from being successful, assume breaches could (and likely would) occur and focus on developing robust detections around activity in all stages of the attack cycle. A strategy that focuses on deep understanding of post-exploitation activity (privilege escalation, lateral spread, pivot, persistence) produces high-quality alerts, creating a minefield where the attacker "only needs to be detected once" for blue teamers to respond.

This course builds on standard network defense and incident response (which often focuses on alerting for known malware signatures) by focusing on abnormal behaviors and the use of adversary Tactics, Techniques, and Procedures (TTPs). We will teach you how to engineer detections based on attacker TTPs to perform threat hunting operations and detect attacker activity. In addition, you will learn use utilize free and/or open source data collection and analysis tools (such as Sysmon, Windows Event Logs, and ELK) to analyze large amounts of host information and build detections for malicious activity. You will use the techniques and toolsets you learn to create threat hunting hypotheses and build robust detections in a simulated enterprise network undergoing active compromise from various types of threat actors.

Course Syllabus

Day 1:

  • Threat Hunting Introduction
  • MITRE ATT&CK and Adversary TTPs
  • Data Source Identification
  • Data Quality Assessment
  • Host Baselining
  • Threat Hunting Campaign Types

Day 2:

  • Interpreting Threat Reports
  • Host-based Collection Methodology
  • Defensive Indicator Design
  • Hunt Hypothesis Generation Process
  • Post Hunt Activities

Day 3:

  • Digital Signature Validation
  • Dynamic Binary Analysis
  • Hunt Hypothesis Generation
  • Hypothesis Execution

Day 4:

  • Capstone
  • Threat Hunting Engagement
  • Live Environment/Adversary

Participant Requirements

This class is intended for defenders wanting to learn how to effectively Hunt in enterprise networks. Participants should have previous network defense/incident response experience and/or knowledge of offensive tools and techniques, primarily post-exploitation techniques. Additionally, familiarity with using a SIEM, such as ELK or Splunk, will be helpful.

Hardware Requirements

  • Internet Connection
  • 8GBs of RAM
  • Modern Web Browser capable of rendering HTML5


How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Please email with any questions.  

What's the refund policy?

Full refunds will be provided up to 7 days before the course start date.

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