Local Account Discovery, Creation, and Manipulation

After gaining initial access on a system, adversaries may want to do some discovery work on local accounts and maintain persistence on a victim system as they create and manipulate accounts in order to maintain their access. Learn to detect such suspicious activity in this course!

Course Content

Detection, Validation, and Mitigation (Lab)


Local Account Discovery, Creation, and Manipulation
What is the “Account Discovery: Local Account” Technique?


Local Account Discovery, Creation, and Manipulation
What is the “Account Manipulation” Technique?


Local Account Discovery, Creation, and Manipulation
What is the “Create Account: Local Account” Technique?


Local Account Discovery, Creation, and Manipulation
Course Description

Adversaries may conduct discovery work on local accounts in order to identify targets for credential theft and privilege escalation. Plus, threat actors can create new accounts to maintain persistence on a target--whether they deploy malware near this stage or not. Adversaries might also modify user accounts to maintain persistence--as part of an action chain that results in the creation of an unauthorized, administrative user account.

Apply what you learn and get the hands-on skills you need in Cybrary's MITRE ATT&CK Framework courses aligned to the tactics and techniques used by the threat group APT41 (aka Double Dragon). Prevent adversaries from accomplishing the tactics of discovery and persistence.

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Instructed by

Master Instructor
Matthew Mullins

Matt has led multiple Red Team engagements, ranging from a few weeks to a year and covering multiple security domains. Outside of Red Teaming, Matt is also a seasoned penetration tester with interests in: AppSec, OSINT, Hardware, Wifi, Social Engineering, and Physical Security. Matt has a Master's degree in Information Assurance and an exhaustive number of certifications ranging from frameworks, management, and hands-on hacking. Matt is a Technical SME at Cybrary, focusing on Adversarial Emulation and Red Teaming for course content.

Chris Daywalt

After too many years of security operations work, Chris Daywalt tries to turn his phone off at 5:00 pm EST. While there are a bunch of training classes and education somewhere on his resume (including CTT+ and Cellebrite certifications), much of what he has to teach was learned at the school of hard knocks, often at the expense of his previous clients. He wants to help you spend more time detecting and denying adversaries and less time banging your head against your keyboard. He dips his blueberry donuts in orange juice.

Chris’ 19-year career includes work for organizations of all sizes, both government and private sector, and is distributed roughly like so:

  • 30% doing DFIR
  • 30% teaching DFIR
  • 20% monitoring and detection engineering
  • 15% risk assessment
  • 5% other stuff, like sneaking in a game of Plants vs. Zombies or taking a quick nap at the desk (Don’t judge - I work overtime)

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    Certificate of Completion

    Complete this entire course to earn a Local Account Discovery, Creation, and Manipulation Certificate of Completion