MA: Basic Setup

Document created by RSA Information Design and Development Employee on Apr 14, 2016Last modified by RSA Information Design and Development Employee on May 2, 2016
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Security Analytics Malware Analysis can operate as a service on a Security Analytics Decoder or as a service on a dedicated appliance. This guide includes instructions for setting up the operating environment and then configuring the Security Analytics Malware Analysis service. After this configuration is complete, analysts can conduct malware analyses.

StepHigh-Level TaskDone
1Configure Malware Analysis Operating Environment

If your site is using a dedicated appliance, do one of the following:

  • If your site is adding a new dedicated Security Analytics Malware Analysis appliance, install the physical Security Analytics Malware Analysis appliance in your network and configure the operating environment.
  • If your site is upgrading a dedicated Spectrum appliance to a dedicated Security Analytics Malware Analysis appliance, re-image the Spectrum appliance with Security Analytics Malware Analysis.
2Add Malware Analysis Host and Service

Note: To complete this step you must have the Security Analytics License Server setup as described in the Security Analytics Licensing Guide. 

In Security Analytics, create a Malware Analysis service and activate the license. The default REST port is 60007. Sites that are using the free version of Security Analytics Malware Analysis must configure the service IP address as localhost or loopback.

3Configure General Malware Analysis Settings

Configure the general settings for Security Analytics Malware Analysis.

  • Enable continuous polling.
  • Configure manual file upload limit.
  • Configure the file storage repository and database.
  • Calibrate the Static, Network, Community, and Sandbox scoring modules.
4Configure Indicators of Compromise

Calibrate Indicators of Compromise that are applied for each scoring module (Static, Network, Community, Sandbox) and for YARA-based IOCs.

5 Configure Installed Antivirus Vendors

Configure anti-virus vendors that you have installed.

6Enable Community Analysis

Register with the RSA cloud and test connections to enable Community scoring.



(Optional) Configure Auditing on Malware Analysis Host

Configure auditing thresholds and enable syslog, SNMP, and file auditing.


8(Optional) Configure Hash Filter

Configure hash filtering to fine tune Security Analytics Malware Analysis event analysis based on known good or bad file hashes.

9(Optional) Configure Malware Analysis Proxy Settings

(Optional) Configure Malware Analysis to communicate with the RSA Cloud through a web proxy instead of directly.

10(Optional) Register for a ThreatGrid API Key

Register for ThreatGrid API Key.

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