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Defending Enterprises – 2023 Edition

Course Description

Updated for 2023, our immersive 2-day Defending Enterprises training is the natural counterpart to  our popular Hacking Enterprises course.  You’ll play a SOC analyst in our Microsoft Sentinel cloud-based lab and try to rapidly locate IOA’s and  IOC’s from a live enterprise breach executed by the trainers in real time. 

Whether you’re new to Kusto Query Language (KQL) or a seasoned pro, there’s plenty for you in the  2-days! Yes, we’re using Microsoft Sentinel, but the underlying threat detection theory, logic and  threat hunting approach is transferable into your own environments, whatever your preferred  platform.  

We look at the top 10+ methods we use in offensive engagements and show how these can be  caught, along with numerous other examples and methods that go above and beyond these common TTPs! 

With 14 hands-on exercises you’ll gain real-world experience in all of the areas of this course (see below).

Course contents

Day 1  

  • MITRE ATT&CK, CAR and D3fend frameworks
  • Defensive OSINT
  • Linux/Windows auditing, logging and event data
  • Using Logstash as a data forwarder
  • Overview of the Kusto Query Language (KQL) and Microsoft Sentinel
  • Identifying Indicators of Attack (IOA) and Indicators of Compromise (IOC)
  • Detecting phishing attacks and living off the land binary (LOBAS) abuse
  • Detecting C2 traffic and beacons
  • Detecting credential exploitation
    • Kerberoasting
    • Pass-the-Hash
    • Pass-the-Ticket
  • Azure AD Cloud attacks
    • Azure Access Tokens

Day 2  

  • Detecting Active Directory Certificate Services (ADCS) attacks
  • Detecting DCSync attacks
  • Creating alerts and analytical rules in Microsoft Sentinel
  • Detecting lateral movement within a network
    • WinRM
    • SMB
    • DCOM
    • MSSQL
  • Detecting data exfiltration and C2 channels
  • Detecting persistence activities
    • Various userland methods
    • Permanent WMI Event Subscriptions
Also included

We realise that training courses are limited for time and therefore students are also provided with the following: 

  • Completion certificate 
  • 14-day extended lab access after the course finishes
  • Discord support channel access where our security consultants are available

Target audience

This training is suited to a variety of students, including:

  • SOC analysts 
  • Security professionals 
  • Penetration testers / Red Team operators
  • IT Support, administrative and network personnel


  • Understanding of networking concepts 
  • Previous SOC and/or pentesting experience is advantageous, but not required 
  • Previous experience with the Kusto Query Language (KQL) is beneficial, but not required

Hardware/Software Requirements

  • Students will need to have access to a laptop and their favourite browser!

Trainers Biography

Will Hunt co-founded in 2018. Will’s been in infosec since 2008 and has helped  secure many organisations through technical security services and training. Will’s delivered hacking  courses globally at several conferences including Black Hat and has spoken at various conferences and  events. Will also assists the UK government in various technical, educational and advisory capacities.  Before Will was a security consultant he was an experienced digital forensics consultant and trainer.

Twitter : @Stealthsploit

Owen Shearing is a co-founder of, a specialist UK based cyber security consultancy  offering technical and training services. Owen has a strong and varied background in numerous information technology fields, dating back to  2003. In the latter decade he has held roles and been involved in projects predominately focused  around offensive and adversarial techniques; the insight from which has been key in keeping up-to date with current trends to ensure skills remain sharp in an ever changing and developing field. 

Owen has provided technical training to a variety of audiences at bespoke events and numerous  security conferences. He keeps projects at

Twitter : @rebootuser

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