Uncommon remote scheduled task creation

Cortex XDR Analytics Alert Reference by Alert name

Product
Cortex XDR
Last date published
2024-06-18
Category
Analytics Alert Reference
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Synopsis

Activation Period

14 Days

Training Period

30 Days

Test Period

N/A (single event)

Deduplication Period

6 Hours

Required Data

  • Requires:
    • XDR Agent

Detection Modules

ATT&CK Tactic

Execution (TA0002)

ATT&CK Technique

Scheduled Task/Job (T1053)

Severity

High

Description

The schtasks.exe command enables creating, deleting, querying, changing, running, and ending scheduled tasks on a local or remote computer. Adversaries may attempt to use the command to execute programs or persist malware on remote machines.

Attacker's Goals

Attackers can attempt to use the command to execute programs or persist malware on remote endpoints.

Investigative actions

  • Investigate the initiator process and whether it should create remote tasks.
  • Investigate the scheduled task execution on the remote machine.