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Network Traffic Analysis

Network Traffic Analysis will teach you to differentiate between normal and abnormal network traffic, track the flow of packets through a network, and attribute conversations and actions taken over a network segment to specific hosts or users. This course focuses on research, filtering, and comparative analysis to identify and attribute the different types of activity on a network. You will learn how to follow conversations across a wide range of protocols and through redirection, as well as how to develop custom filters for non-dissected protocols. On Day 5 of the course, you will participate in a team-based capture-the-flag exercise to test your new skills.

This class is taught as 70% hands-on and 30% classroom instruction, and culminates in a capstone team-based CTF challenge.

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  • Create a baseline of the protocols, hosts and interactions in a network environment
  • Identify anomalous network traffic using a combination of in-depth packet analysis and high-level statistical analysis
  • Reconstruct event timelines and accurately correlate, or distinguish between, event threads
  • Identify and extract network artifacts for further forensic analysis
  • Compare observed network traffic to expected topology
  • Research and analyze unknown (non-dissected) protocols
  • Track web activity at the user or session level via HTTP header analytics

Who should attend

  • Network analysts seeking to develop security-related skills
  • Incident responders needing to quickly address system security breaches
  • Penetration testers looking to reduce their detectability
  • Threat operations analysts seeking a better understanding of network intrusions
  • All network administrators needing a better understanding of network security


  • A broad understanding of TCP/IP and associated protocols
  • Knowledge of network hardware and segment types
  • Previous exposure to Wireshark or other protocol analysis software is also recommended

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