A scheduled task was creatededit

Indicates the creation of a scheduled task using Windows event logs. Adversaries can use these to establish persistence, move laterally, and/or escalate privileges.

Rule type: eql

Rule indices:

  • winlogbeat-*
  • logs-system.*

Severity: low

Risk score: 21

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: 1

Added (Elastic Stack release): 8.5.0

Rule authors: Elastic

Rule license: Elastic License v2

Potential false positivesedit

Legitimate scheduled tasks may be created during installation of new software.

Rule queryedit

iam where event.action == "scheduled-task-created" and /* excluding
tasks created by the computer account */ not user.name : "*$" and
/* TaskContent is not parsed, exclude by full taskname noisy ones */
not winlog.event_data.TaskName : ("\\OneDrive Standalone
Update Task-S-1-5-21*", "\\Hewlett-Packard\\HP Web
Products Detection", "\\Hewlett-Packard\\HPDeviceCheck")

Threat mappingedit