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: 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
  • Persistence

Version: 3 (version history)

Added (Elastic Stack release): 7.12.0

Last modified (Elastic Stack release): 7.16.0

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",
"DnsAdmins", "Exchange Organization Administrators")

Threat mappingedit


Rule version historyedit

Version 3 (7.16.0 release)
  • Formatting only
Version 2 (7.13.0 release)
  • Updated query, changed from:

    event.category:iam and event.action:"added-member-to-group" and or "Local Administrators" or "Domain
    Admins" or "Enterprise Admins" or "Backup Admins" or "Schema Admins"
    or "DnsAdmins")