Getting Started Analyzing Malware Infections

Malware infections are growing at an alarming rate. This course will teach you how to safely analyze malicious links, infected documents, and malicious archives with the focus on gathering indicators of compromise.
Course info
Level
Beginner
Updated
February 8, 2017
Duration
2h 17m
Table of contents
Description
Course info
Level
Beginner
Updated
February 8, 2017
Duration
2h 17m
Description

Computer virus outbreaks are becoming more complex and use clever deployment tactics that trick people into getting infected, even without their knowledge. Traditional antivirus technologies have a hard time keeping up. There is a need for security analysts that are able to tackle these infections and stop them from infecting other computers. In this course, Getting Started Analyzing Malware Infections, you'll learn how to safely contain and analyze suspicious files and URLs. Next, you learn to extract malicious scripts from documents, deobfuscate them, and extract indicators that lead to other malware components. Finally, you will learn to investigate virus deployment techniques that bypass modern security controls. When you're finished with this course, you will have the skills and the knowledge to build layered defenses that will disrupt the infection chain at multiple stages protecting your data and your company.

About the author
About the author

Cristian is a Information Security Professional with experience in supply chain, manufacturing, gaming, and entertainment sectors for Fortune 500 companies. He has provided expertise in incident response cases by performing forensic investigations, malware analysis, and elaborating mitigation plans against complex cyber attacks.

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Transcript
Transcript

Hi everyone, my name is Cristian Pascariu and welcome to my course Getting Started Analyzing Malware Infections. I am an Information Security Professional. Over the years I have gained some valuable experience in the field of malware analysis, incident response and forensics that I want to share with you.

Until a while ago we thought of computer viruses as malicious toolbars, nowadays we are seeing some advanced malware that can encrypt data and demand ransom in return. The main reason behind this course is to share with you a structured approach that you can make use of in tackling a wide variety of malware types that is guaranteed to generate some actionable results.

In this course, we are going to analyze computer viruses over multiple scenarios to develop better, more effective endpoint and network defenses.

Some of the major topics that we will cover include:

  • Generic malware behavior and indicators of malicious activity
  • Common delivery tacticsthat leverage phishing emails
  • Dissect infected documents to uncover hidden malware components
  • Perform static and dynamic analysis
  • Monitor malicious network activity
By the end of this course you’ll know the right techniques for investigating malicious infections based on their type and use the right tools in the analysis process.

Before beginning the course, you should be familiar with basic security concepts.

I hope you’ll join me on this journey to learn malware analysis with the Getting Started Analyzing Malware Infections course, at Pluralsight.