High Number of Process and/or Service Terminationsedit

This rule identifies a high number (10) of process terminations (stop, delete, or suspend) from the same host within a short time period. This may indicate a defense evasion attempt.

Rule type: threshold

Rule indices:

  • winlogbeat-*
  • logs-endpoint.events.*

Severity: medium

Risk score: 47

Runs every: 5 minutes

Searches indices from: now-9m (Date Math format, see also Additional look-back time)

Maximum alerts per execution: 100


  • Elastic
  • Host
  • Windows
  • Threat Detection
  • Defense Evasion

Version: 1

Added (Elastic Stack release): 7.11.0

Rule authors: Elastic

Rule license: Elastic License

Rule queryedit

event.category:process and event.type:start and process.name:(net.exe
or sc.exe or taskkill.exe) and process.args:(stop or pause or delete
or "/PID" or "/IM" or "/T" or "/F" or "/t" or "/f" or "/im" or "/pid")

Threat mappingedit