Category Archives: Training

New Online Course: ELK for Security Analysis

I’m excited to announce the release of the ELK for Security Analysis online course! You’ll find the description of the course to follow. Registration is open now (with early bird pricing), and the course officially opens next month.

For more details, see: http://chrissanders.org/training/#elk

You must master your data If you want to catch bad guys and find evil. But, how can you do that? That’s where the ELK stack comes in.

ELK is Elasticsearch, Logstash, and Kibana and together they provide a framework for collecting, storing, and investigating network security data. In this course, you’ll learn how to use this powerful trio to perform security analysis. This isn’t just an ELK course, it’s a course on how to use ELK specifically for incident responders, network security monitoring analysts, and other security blue teamers.

You’ll learn the basics of:

  • Elasticsearch: How data is stored and indexed. Working with JSON documents.
  • Logstash: How to collect and manipulate structured and unstructured data.
  • Kibana: Techniques for searching data and building useful visualizations and dashboards.
  • Beats: Use the agent to ship data from endpoints and servers to your ELK systems.

I’ll also show you how to build complete data pipelines from ingest to search. This means you’ll get to watch step-by-step guides for dealing with security specific data types like:

  • HTTP Proxy Logs
  • File-Based Logs (Unix, auth, and application logs)
  • Windows Events & Sysmon Data
  • NetFlow Data
  • IDS Alerts
  • Dealing with any CSV file you’re handed
  • Parsing unstructured logs, no matter how weird they are

When you walk away from this course, you should be equipped with the skills you need to build a complete IDS alert console, investigation platform, or security analysis lab.

More details and registration: http://chrissanders.org/training/#elk

Investigation Theory Course On Site in Augusta, GA!

I’m really excited to announce the first ever public LIVE in person offering of my Investigation Theory course. The two-day course will be taught on site in Augusta, Georgia on September 13th and 14th, right ahead of the Security Onion Conference and BSides Augusta. If you were planning on coming for those conferences, you can come in a couple of days early for training. Alternatively, you can come for the course and stay for what I think is the best defensively focused pair of security conferences in the country.

This offering of Investigation Theory is delivered in person over two days. You’ll participate in lectures, individual labs, and team exercises aimed to help you become better at the underlying processes that help you become an effective security analyst. This will be a very interactive class designed to take advantage of the fact that we are together in person. You’ll also get to use Investigation Ninja, our custom simulation platform designed to teach investigation skills in a tool-agnostic, data focused way!

Detailed course information and tickets can be found here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/investigation-theory-2-day-training-course-tickets-34912113070

Register in the next couple of weeks to take advantage of early bird pricing. Seating is limited.

Practical Packet Analysis Photo Contest

Since the latest edition of Practical Packet Analysis has been released, so many people have been sending me pictures of their copies. It’s been so amazing that I’ve decided to make a contest of it and reward those of you who bought the book and are so enthusiastic about it!

About a month ago I shared that I am developing an online packet analysis course with the same name as the book. This course officially opens in June and is packed with over 40 hours of packet analysis videos and plenty of hands-on labs and packet captures for you to play around with. You can learn more about this course here: http://chrissanders.org/training/#ppa.

This is your opportunity to win a FREE seat in the course. But, it’s only if you’ve already purchased the book. I want you to take a picture of the book and send it to me at chris@chrissanders.org with the subject “PPA Photo Contest”. Now, it’s not quite that simple. I’m going to pick the winner based on who sends me the most creative picture. That can mean taking the book to an exotic locale, a simple action shot of you using the book to dissect some packets, or even a picture of the book with your dog. The sky is the limit, just don’t do anything illegal or dangerous 🙂

The official rules:

  • Your submission must be received by midnight EST on May 10th. If you were thinking about buying the book, this gives you a chance to purchase and receive it and still take your photo.
  • Entries must be submitted directly to me at chris@chrissanders.org with the subject line “PPA Photo Contest”
  • You must have purchased a legal copy of PPA 3rd edition
  • You must consent to allow me to share your picture on social media and my blog. I won’t share them all, but I will share some of my favorites.
  • I will pick one overall winner who will receive a free seat in the PPA online course. If you are already registered for this course, you can exchange that license for a seat in my Investigation Theory course.
  • I will pick a few “honorable mention” winners who will receive discount codes for any of my courses of your choosing, or free seats in my information security writing course.

So, what if you bought an electronic copy of the book? You can still enter! Just take your picture showing the book in your e-reader application or on your tablet. However, when you submit your entry please include a receipt showing your purchase. That can be a screenshot of your amazon order page or the e-mail receipt from No Starch Press.

That’s it! The contest begins NOW and ends at midnight May 10th. I’m looking forward to seeing how creative you can be!

Announcing the Practical Packet Analysis Online Course

I’m excited to announce my newest training course “Practical Packet Analysis”, with a portion of the proceeds supporting multiple charities.

Register Here

It’s easy to fire up Wireshark and capture some packets…but making sense of them is another story. There’s nothing more frustrating than knowing the answers you need lie in a mountain of data that you don’t know how to sift through. That’s why I wrote the first Practical Packet Analysis book a decade ago. That book is now in its third edition, has been translated to several languages, and has sold over 25,000 copies. Now, I’m excited to create an online course based on the book. The Practical Packet Analysis online course is the best way to get hands on visual experience capturing, dissecting, and making sense of packets.

Practical Packet Analysis takes a fundamental approach by exploring the concepts you need to know without all the fluff that is normally associated with learning about network protocols. Everything you’ll learn is something you can directly apply to the job you have, or the job you want. The ability to understand packets is a critical skill for network engineers, system administrators, security analysts, forensic investigators, and programmers alike. This class will help you build those skills through a series of expert-led lectures, scenario-based demonstrations, and hands-on lab exercises.

The Practical Packet Analysis course is perfect for beginners to intermediate analysts, but seasoned pros will probably learn a few useful techniques too. Whether you’ve never capture packets before or you have and you struggle to manipulate them to effectively achieve your goals, this course will help you get over the hump. You’ll learn:

  • How networking works at the packet level.
  • How to interpret packet data at a fundamental level in hexadecimal or binary.
  • Basic and advanced analysis features of Wireshark.
  • How to analyze packets on the command line with tshark and tcpdump.
  • Reducing capture files with Berkeley packet filters and Wireshark display filters.
  • Techniques for capturing packets to make sure you’re collecting the right data.
  • How to interpret common network and transport layer protocols like IPv4, IPv6, ICMP, TCP, and UDP.
  • How to interpret common application layer protocols like HTTP, DNS, SMTP, and more.
  • Normal and abnormal stimulus and response patterns for common protocols.
  • Troubleshooting connectivity issues at the packet level.
  • Techniques for carving files from packet streams.
  • Understanding network latency and how to locate the source.
  • How common network attacks are seen by an intrusion detection systems.
  • Techniques for investigating security alerts using packet data.
  • How malware communicates on the network.

Course Format

The Practical Packet Analysis course is delivered completely online using recorded video lectures that you can go through at your convenience. It is modeled like a college course and consists of lectures that overview critical concepts, demonstrations where I walk through packet captures, and lab exercises when you are given packet captures to work through on your own to practice the concepts you’ve learned. There is also a a discussion forum where you can ask questions and share tips and tricks with other students. The course includes over 40 hours of video lecture content, and can be completed at whatever pace is comfortable for you.

Prerequisites

This course has no prerequisites, but a basic understanding of networking is helpful. It is delivered in English.

Cost

Introductory pricing for the course is $797 for a single user license. Bulk discounts are available for organizations that want to purchase multiple licenses (please contact me to discuss payment and pricing). A portion of the purchase price will go to support multiple charities including the Rural Technology Fund, the Against Malaria Foundation, and others.

You’ll receive:

  • 6 month access to course video lectures and lab exercises
  • A Certification of Course Completion
  • Continuing Education Credits (CPEs/CEUs)

Sign Up Now!

This course is only taught periodically and space is limited.

Summer 2017 Session – Begins June 12 (Registration Deadline 6/9)

Training Course Scholarships

I’m glad to announce that I’m offering full scholarships for my online training courses to individuals employed by non-profit human services organizations. These are given out based on availability, and each application is evaluated individually by me. This covers the courses listed on my training page, and is my way of serving those who are helping others.

To apply, visit this link and fill out the application:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/HQCW5ZN