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.*

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
  • 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

sequence by host.id, winlog.event_data.TaskName with maxspan=5m
[iam where event.action == "scheduled-task-created"] [iam where
event.action == "scheduled-task-deleted"]

Threat mappingedit