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Security Onion Fundamentals for Analysts and Threat Hunters is our 4-day analyst-only course for Security Onion 2. This hands-on course is geared for security analysts and threat hunters using the Security Onion 2 platform, with very light coverage of administration. Students will learn core analyst techniques and how to apply them using real-world case studies covering major analyst workflows.

  • 4 full days of class instruction from the developers of Security Onion 2
  • 300+ pages of course material
  • Certificate of Completion
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Security Onion Fundamentals for Analysts & Threat Hunters

Students should attend the free 2-hour Security Onion Essentials course before the first day of class. One topic covered by the Essentials course is building a Security Onion VM. Note that students do not need to build a Security Onion VM for this class. We will be using a pre-installed lab.

Students should have a basic understanding of networks, TCP/IP, and standard protocols such as DNS, HTTP, etc.  Some Linux knowledge/experience is recommended, but not required.

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Note: Syllabus is subject to change

  • Security Onion Console Overview
  • Security Onion 2 Grid Architecture
  • Basic Administrative Tasks
    • Manage User Accounts
    • Validate Grid Health
  • Crucial Network Protocols and Host-Based Datasets (HTTP, SSL, DNS, Windows, Sysmon, etc.)
  • Correlate Network and Host Data with Security Onion Console
  • Discuss SOC Analyst Methodologies
    • Key Elements of the Security Event Management Process
    • Incident Escalation and Resolution
    • Understanding the Analysis & Investigation Process
    • Leveraging the MITRE ATT&CK Framework to Improve Threat Hunting
  • Security Onion Analyst Workflows
    • Alert Triage & Case Creation with Alerts and Cases
    • Threat Hunting with Hunt and Dashboards
    • Detection Engineering with Playbook
  • Searching for Data in Security Onion
    • Lucene
    • Onion Query Language (OQL)
  • Analyst Techniques
    • Analyzing and Reconstructing Obfuscated Executables from Packets
    • Finding Malicious Activity in Encrypted Traffic
    • Detecting Hostile DNS Traffic (DNS tunneling, C2 over DNS, etc.)
    • Tracking Adversary Activity Using Process Command Lines
    • Identifying Anomalies Utilizing Network and Host Baselines


  • Examining Data with CyberChef
  • Visualizing Enterprise Data in Kibana
  • Capstone Capture the Flag Event
  • Multiple Labs and Case Studies


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  • Agile Manifesto
  • Agile Principles
  • Agile Methods
  • Scrum Overview
  • Scrum Advantages
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