If you’re a newer analyst like me and have been trying to cram everything into your brain at once…or if you’re looking at all this free training wondering where to even start (after you have an understanding of the four core categories), I saw this video and attempted to make a free training plan from it.
This is based on Ryan Chapman’s BSidesSF 2019 – Implementing a Kick-Butt Training Program: BLUE TEAM GO! talk (video below)
Check out his GitHub for the PDFs.
Before starting Week 1, I recommend taking Intro to DFIR: The Divide and Conquer Process by Basis Technology
Obviously Days 1-3 can’t be done here so I’m skipping to Day 4 & 5.
SIEM Training (This will depend on what SIEM you’re using but you can also practice in a home lab if you’re following this before you get your first IR job)
SIEM tutorials by I.T Security Labs – There are many tutorials on their YouTube channel for different open-source SIEMs. Set one up, or play around with a few.
RangeForce Community Edition has a free, hands-on SIEM module that includes: Introduction to SIEM and SOAR, Splunk: Basics, Elastic Security Basics, and QRadar: Basics. There is also a free Elastic module that includes Introduction to Elastic Stack, Endpoint Security, Osquery, Case Management, and Detection Engine.
Day 1: Common Protocols and How They Work
- Email Protocols
Day 2: Network Logs
Get Hands-On with the Free Version of LetsDefend (SOC Simulation Environment)
Do the Hammered – Log Analysis Challenge on CyberDefenders
Day 3 & 4: Email
Hands-On Computer Security & Incident Response – Email Header Analysis (Ryan Chapman)
Email Forensics Workshop (Metaspike)
Sign up for Blueteamlabs.online and try their free “Phishing Analysis” challenges
Day 5: Wireshark & PCAP Challenge
Wireshark for Incident Response & Threat Hunting Workshop the lab files are HERE
Advanced Network Forensics (Netsec Explained)
Do The Malware Traffic Analysis PCAP Challenges on CyberDefenders
Day 1: Windows Artifacts
Introduction to Evidence Acquisition by Cyber 5W
NTFS Forensics and the Master File Table (Jonathan Adkins)
Introduction to Windows Forensics (13Cubed) – (start this)
Day 2: Registry Analysis cont.
Introduction to Windows Forensics (13Cubed) – (complete this)
Try the “Hire Me” Windows Forensics Challenge on CyberDefenders
Day 3: Corporate Forensics Tool(s)
Here are some of them:
Encase – Guidance Software YouTube Channel
Axiom – Magnet Forensics YouTube Channel
Paraben – Free Paraben Training Videos
Belkasoft – Belkasoft Video Tutorials
Autopsy – Starting a New Digital Forensics Investigation Case in Autopsy (DFIR Science)
Day 4: Eric Zimmerman Tools
Day 5: Memory Analysis Deep Dive
Introduction to Memory Forensics (13Cubed)
Try Some Challenges:
Days 1 & 2: PDF Analysis, Office File Analysis
Getting Started Analyzing Malicious Office Documents (Dr Josh Stroschein)
Understanding and Analyzing Weaponized Carrier Files (Ryan Chapman)
Analyzing Malicious Documents Cheat Sheet (Lenny Zeltser)
Try the MalDoc Challenges on CyberDefenders
Day 3 and 4: Dynamic & Static PE Analysis
Getting Started with the Portable Executable (PE) File Format (Dr Josh Stroschein)
Malware Analysis Bootcamp (HackerSploit)
Day 5: Sam’s Malware Workshop
There is also a Malware Noob2Ninja Course by 0xf0x
Go to TryHackMe Hacktivies, Select “Show: Free Only” and do a search for “Malware” for some malware challenges.
Day 1: IOCs
Complete the YARA room on TryHackMe
Complete the Pyramid of Pain room on TryHackMe
Day 2: Threat Hunting
Foundations of Operationalizing MITRE ATT&CK on AttackIQ Academy
Day 3: Operationalizing OSINT
OSINT Training (Includes Detecting Malicious Domains or IPs with OSINT)
Go to TryHackMe Hacktivities, select Show “Free Only” and search for “OSINT”. You will find free challenges for Shodan, Threat Intelligence Tools, Google Dorking, and more.
Day 4: Working Tickets
This is going to vary by company, but if you haven’t started in Incident Response yet, here is a video about The Hive, a free and open-source ticketing system that can be set up in your home lab. Visit The Hive Project at: https://thehive-project.org/
Day 5: Review & Wrap-Up
Writing a Forensics Report by Cyber 5W
To test your skills, try more CTFs and Challenges listed here.
For more free training, check out the Free and Affordable Training site. There are over 400 free and affordable training resources listed there with the majority of them related to Digital Forensics & Incident Response.