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This search looks for RDP application network traffic and filters any source/destination pair generating more than twice the standard deviation of the average traffic.

  • Type: TTP
  • Product: Splunk Enterprise, Splunk Enterprise Security, Splunk Cloud
  • Datamodel: Network_Traffic
  • Last Updated: 2020-07-21
  • Author: Jose Hernandez, Splunk
  • ID: a98727cc-286b-4ff2-b898-41df64695923


ID Technique Tactic
T1021.001 Remote Desktop Protocol Lateral Movement
T1021 Remote Services Lateral Movement

| tstats `security_content_summariesonly` count min(_time) as firstTime max(_time) as lastTime from datamodel=Network_Traffic where All_Traffic.app=rdp by All_Traffic.src All_Traffic.dest All_Traffic.dest_port 
| eventstats stdev(count) AS stdev avg(count) AS avg p50(count) AS p50 
| where count>(avg + stdev*2) 
| rename All_Traffic.src AS src All_Traffic.dest AS dest 
| table firstTime lastTime src dest count avg p50 stdev 
| `remote_desktop_network_bruteforce_filter`

Associated Analytic Story

How To Implement

You must ensure that your network traffic data is populating the Network_Traffic data model.

Required field

  • _time
  • All_Traffic.app
  • All_Traffic.src
  • All_Traffic.dest
  • All_Traffic.dest_port

Kill Chain Phase

  • Reconnaissance
  • Delivery

Known False Positives

RDP gateways may have unusually high amounts of traffic from all other hosts' RDP applications in the network.


Test Dataset

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