User Added to Privileged Group in Active Directoryedit

Identifies a user being added to a privileged group in Active Directory. Privileged accounts and groups in Active Directory are those to which powerful rights, privileges, and permissions are granted that allow them to perform nearly any action in Active Directory and on domain-joined systems.

Rule type: eql

Rule indices:

  • winlogbeat-*
  • logs-windows.*

Severity: medium

Risk score: 47

Runs every: 5m

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

Maximum alerts per execution: 100



  • Elastic
  • Host
  • Windows
  • Threat Detection
  • Persistence

Version: 3

Rule authors:

  • Elastic
  • Skoetting

Rule license: Elastic License v2

Rule queryedit

iam where event.action == "added-member-to-group" and : ("Admin*",
                "Local Administrators",
                "Domain Admins",
                "Enterprise Admins",
                "Backup Admins",
                "Schema Admins",
                "Exchange Organization Administrators")