Focal Point - Live Systems Analysis (Windows and Linux)

While there is undoubtedly a need for deep forensic analysis in the investigation of malware and operating system intrusions, an investigator must first know that there has been an intrusion before that activity can begin. Many organizations rely on technology to perform this task for them but there is no substitute for a well-trained analyst when it comes to identifying and investigating abnormal behavior on a system.

Focal Point - Live System Analysis teaches students how to identify abnormal activity and investigate a running system that may have been compromised. In this course, students will learn sound methodology coupled with the most useful commands and tools that can be employed during an investigation to reveal significant indicators of infiltration, as well as how to create a system baseline to be used for future analysis. Both the Windows and Linux operating systems are covered in this course.

Practical Scenario:
The practical assessment for this course is an investigation scenario that will require students to use all of the knowledge, skills and abilities acquired during class to analyze Windows and Linux systems in a virtual environment, identifying and investigating compromised machines.

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*Please Note: Course Outline is subject to change without notice. Exact course outline will be provided at time of registration.

In this class you will learn:

  • Identify the core components of the operating system (OS) and ascertain their current state using built-in or other trusted tools
  • Analyze a running system and detect abnormal behavior relating to OS objects such as processes, handles, and network connections
  • Use event log analysis to verify and correlate the artifacts of anomalous behavior, and determine the scope of an intrusion
  • Use PowerShell to interact with the operating system and build scripts to automate repetitive analytic tasks
  • Create and use a system baseline to identify unexpected items such as rogue accounts or configuration changes

Course Outline:

  1. Windows OS Overview
  2. Process
  3. Dynamic Linked Libraries (DLLs)
  4. Network Connections
  5. The Registry
  6. Services
  7. Logs and Timelines
  8. PowerShell Basics
  9. Querying the Operating System
  10. Scripting with PowerShell
  11. Baselining with PowerShell
  12. Linux OS Overview
  13. Linux Services and Processes
  14. Linux File Systems
  15. Linux Users, Groups and Authentication
  16. Linux Networking and Tasks
  17. Linux Logs and Timelines
  18. Linux Persistence and Privilege Escalation
  • Familiarity with the use of desktop operating systems, including command-line experience in Windows and/or Linux
  • Working knowledge of TCP/IP networking
  • Incident rRsponders who need to quickly identify a security breach
  • Forensic Investigators needing to analyze the state of a running system
  • Malware Analysts requiring a thorough understanding of operating system intrusions

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