Malware Analysis Fundamentals

Instructor-led training course

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Course Description

This course provides a beginner-level introduction to the tools and methodologies used to perform malware analysis on executables found in Windows systems using a practical, hands-on approach. The course introduces students to decompilation with Ghidra and introduces Windows Technologies that are prevalent in malware such as WMI, .NET, and PowerShell. The content is taught by FLARE malware analysts who are experienced in analyzing a diverse set of malware.

Learning Objectives

After completing the course, learners should be able to:

  • Quickly perform malware triage using a variety of techniques and tools without running the malware
  • Analyze running malware by observing file system changes, function calls, network communications and other indicators
  • Learn about code compilation and how to interpret decompiled Windows code
  • Analyze basic .NET and PowerShell malware and interpret WMI commands
  • Use Ghidra, the open-source disassembler/decompiler

Who should attend

Information technology staff, information security staff, corporate investigators and others who need to understand how malware functions operate and the processes involved in malware analysis.


General knowledge of computer and operating system fundamentals. Exposure to computer programming fundamentals and Windows Internals experience (recommended).

Delivery method

In-classroom instructor-led training available globally; virtual instructor-led training available in North American Time Zones (Pacific to Eastern).


  • 2 days (in-person delivery)
  • 3 days (virtual delivery)

What to bring

Students are required to bring their own laptop that meets the following specs:

  • VMware Workstation 10+ or VMware Fusion 7+
  • 30 GB of free HDD space