Social Networks and Link Analysis

CyberDefenses Academy



Available Upon Request


Available Upon Request

Delivery Method

Classroom & Online


Certification of Completion

Audience / Level



Commanding YARA, Pattern Recognition and Profiling, Regular Expressions and Pattern Analysis


Laptop required

Course Details

Program Introduction

The Internet, instant messaging, social networks, companies, breaches and those that create them can be characterized by the interplay and availability of rich content, the millions of people that use it, and the technology that supports it. The course will cover research on the structure and analysis of such social and information networks, their interconnections and how these elements map to the security issues in front of us.

This class will explore how to practically analyze large scale network data and how to reason about it through models for network structure and change. Topics include methods for link analysis and network community detection, diffusion and information propagation, malicious activity outbreak detection in networks, e.g. company-to-company, people-to company, etc.

For analysts looking to predict the avenues for future breaches or to understand the links between risky behavior, security issues and the individuals in connection between the two, this is a must-have class.

Course Objectives

  • It’s designed for those with an interest in social networks & link analysis.
  • It conveys the necessary concepts, principles and terms to lay down a solid foundation.

Target Student

  • Individuals desiring a greater understanding of social networking and link analysis.
  • Professionals who deal with technical issues, but feel they do not have enough background with Link Analysis.
  • Technical professionals that need to be armed with greater knowledge of incident response, social networks, link analysis and their role in resolving incidents.


Monty St John
Monty St John is a computer science and information security expert, U.S. Navy and U.S. Air Force veteran, certified instructor, and author of dozens of classes for CyberDefenses. He has assisted numerous companies build and accredit laboratories, threat teams, and security operations centers. He’s also a prolific writer with two upcoming technical volumes set for 2018; Game Designer and Speaker. Learn more about Monty St John

Additional Information

  • Laptop required
  • Requires basic knowledge of computers, technology and command line interface (CLI)
    • Open and operate browsers
    • Find and use command line
    • Execute scripts
  • Requires knowledge of Linux
  • Requires knowledge of Maltego
  • Understanding of virtual machines (VM) and how to use one.
    • Understand how to import and power on a VM

Course Outline

  • Introduction
  • 6 Degrees of Separation
  • Small World Modeling
  • Geography on the Internet
  • Information Cascades and Network Effects
  • Influence in Networks
  • Community Structure
  • Networks with Positive & Negative Links
  • Link Prediction
  • Wrap-up & Close