Temporarily Scheduled Task Creationedit

Indicates the creation and deletion of a scheduled task within a short time interval. Adversaries can use these to proxy malicious execution via the schedule service and perform clean up.

Rule type: eql

Rule indices:

  • winlogbeat-*
  • logs-system.*
  • 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



  • Domain: Endpoint
  • OS: Windows
  • Use Case: Threat Detection
  • Tactic: Persistence
  • Tactic: Execution

Version: 7

Rule authors:

  • Elastic

Rule license: Elastic License v2

Rule queryedit

sequence by winlog.computer_name, winlog.event_data.TaskName with maxspan=5m
   [iam where event.action == "scheduled-task-created" and not user.name : "*$"]
   [iam where event.action == "scheduled-task-deleted" and not user.name : "*$"]