As a cyber security defender and investigator, we often just get to analyze an environment that suffered a ransomware attack after the ransomware execution, where we are trying to make our way back in time to understand the scope and initial infection vectors of a breach. However, knowing how attackers operate and having an understanding of their tools can help tremendously to conduct a more effective analysis and response and ultimately lower the impact of such attacks. This is why in this workshop we will teach you how to perform the common steps of every phase in a ransomware attack scenario as the attacker, from initial infection to impact.
We will set up a basic C2 infrastructure with PowerShell Empire, and execute attack phases such as initial access and reconnaissance, persistence mechanisms, privilege escalation, credential dumping, lateral movement, defense evasion, data exfiltration, and encryption with ransomware. In every step you will also learn about the fundamental concepts that are required to conduct the attack and defend against those including hands-on analysis using Splunk, Velociraptor and forensic tools as needed. In the last part of the workshop, you will learn best practices on how to effectively conduct investigations of the attacked environment using various tools that are part of the lab setup. Upon completion of the workshop, participants will have a better understanding of the steps ransomware threat actors take to achieve their objectives, as well as the best practices for detecting and ultimately preventing ransomware attacks.
This training is for blue teamers with intermediate technical skills who want to learn hands-on how the various phases of ransomware attacks are carried out, as well as how to detect, analyze and prevent those.