The first practical guide for unlocking the potential of Suricata

Introducing “The Security Analyst’s Guide to Suricata” – the first practical guide to threat detection and hunting using Suricata, the world’s most popular open-source network security engine, Suricata.

The idea for this book emerged after it became obvious to authors Éric Leblond and Peter Manev that many security practitioners using Suricata either struggle to effectively use the most powerful capabilities of the tool or simply don’t realize they exist. 

Written for security operations center (SOC) analysts and threat hunters who use Suricata to gain insights into what is taking place on their networks, the book provides vital information on entry points and in-depth analysis on the most important Suricata features.

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"Living" book is developed as an open-source project

The book is structured as a loose collection of chapters, each focused on a single subject area, such as Suricata rule writing or TLS detection and threat hunting. 

All its content is developed and managed on a GitHub repository and is open to all who wish to comment or contribute ideas. Readers who are looking for a simple text edition may access all content there.

 

Of course, we also package the book in PDF and eReader format for those who prefer the ready-to-read editions of the book. We hope to offer a printed version soon.

The open-source format makes it a living book that will grow and evolve over time with ongoing input from the authors as well as contributions and feedback from the Suricata community. 

 

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Meet the Authors

Éric Leblond

Éric Leblond is the co-founder and chief technology officer (CTO) of Stamus Networks and a member of the board of directors at Open Network Security Foundation (OISF).  Éric has more than 15 years of experience as co-founder and technologist of cybersecurity software companies and is an active member of the security and open-source communities. He has worked on the development of Suricata – the open-source network threat detection engine – since 2009 and is part of the Netfilter Core team, responsible for the Linux kernel's firewall layer. Eric is also the lead developer of the Suricata Language Server, a real-time syntax checking and autocomplete app for Suricata rule writers. Eric is a well-respected expert and speaker on network security.

Peter Manev

Peter Manev is the co-founder and chief strategy officer (CSO) of Stamus Networks and a member of the executive team at Open Network Security Foundation (OISF).  Peter has over 15 years of experience in the IT industry, including enterprise-level IT security practice. He is a passionate user, developer, and explorer of innovative open-source security software. He is responsible for training as well as quality assurance and testing on the development team of Suricata – the open-source threat detection engine. Peter is also the lead developer of SELKS, the popular turnkey open-source implementation of Suricata. Peter is a regular speaker and educator on open-source security, threat hunting, and network security.

What people are saying

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Suricata is the world’s most popular open-source network security engine for threat detection and hunting. This guide gives security analysts, educators, enterprises, and even hobbyists a powerful primer to help maximize the value of Suricata in their networks.

Matt Jonkman, founder and board member at OISF

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Widely known as a classic intrusion detection system (IDS), most security professionals don’t realize that Suricata can also simultaneously produce protocol and file transaction logs and flow records, and extract PCAPs and files – either independent of IDS alerts or fully-correlated with the IDS alerts. These data can provide vital information to analysts during incident investigation or threat hunting. This is just one example of the information that we uncover and explain in our book.

Peter Manev, CSO and co-founder of Stamus Networks

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Peter and Eric are two of the world’s leading authorities on Suricata, and have done an excellent job unlocking the true value of Suricata for the security analyst.

Matt Jonkman, founder and board member at OISF

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The idea for this book emerged after it became obvious to us that many security practitioners using Suricata either struggle to effectively use the most powerful capabilities of the tool or simply don’t realize they exist.

Éric Leblond, CTO and co-founder of Stamus Networks

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