This topic introduces the features of the System view > Investigation Configuration panel, which provides the user interface for Administrators to configure the system-wide settings that Security Analytics Investigation uses when analyzing data and reconstructing an event.
The Investigation Configuration settings allow an administrator to manage application performance for Investigation. As analysts analyze and reconstruct sessions that they are investigating, performance can be affected by operations that involve loading, searching, visualizing, and reconstructing large amounts of data.
Note: Analysts can also set individual preferences for Investigation in the Profiles view and in the Navigation view.
To access the Investigation Configuration panel:
- In the Security Analytics menu, select Administration > System.
- In the options panel, select Investigation.
The following figure shows the Navigate tab.
The following figure shows the Events tab.
Procedures associated with this panel are provided in Standard Procedures.
The following figure shows the Context Lookup tab.
Procedures associated with this panel are provided in "Manage Meta Type and Meta Key Mapping" in the Investigation and Malware Analysis Guide.
The Investigation Configuration panel has three tabs: Navigate, Events, and Context Lookup.
Though most fields in the tabs have a selection list with specific increments through the range of possible values, you can enter a value within the allowed range manually. An invalid entry is signaled by the field highlighted in red. When valid values are selected, clicking Apply in a given section puts the changes into effect immediately.
The Navigate tab has two sections: Render Threads Setting and Parallel Coordinates Settings.
Render Threads Setting
The Render Threads Setting is a selectable value between 1 and 20, which defines the number of concurrent (Values) loads in the Navigate view. The default value is 1.
Parallel Coordinates Settings
The Parallel Coordinates Settings apply to the Parallel Coordinates visualization in the Navigate view. There is a fixed limit on the amount of data that can be rendered as a parallel coordinates chart. In Security Analytics 10.5 the administrator can configure parallel coordinates limits here.
Note: For better performance, recommended settings are Meta Values Scan Limit: 100000 and Meta Values Result Limit: 1000-10000.
The following table describes the Parallel Coordinates Settings.
|Meta Values Scan Limit||The maximum number of meta values scanned within the Investigation time range the analyst has selected in the Navigate view. Possible values are in the range of 1,000 to 10,000,000. The default value is 100,000.|
|Meta Values Result Limit||The maximum number of meta values returned within the Investigation time range the analyst has selected in the Navigate view. Possible values are in the range of 100 to 1,000,000,000. The default value is 10,000.|
The Events tab provides configurable settings that affect the investigation of events. This tab has four sections: Event Search Settings, Reconstruction Settings, Web View Reconstruction Settings, and Reconstruction Cache Settings.
Event Search Settings
The Event Search Settings help to limit the number of events scanned when searching in the Events view.
The following table describes the Event Search Settings.
|Events Scanned Limit||The maximum number of events to scan when searching in the Events view.|
|Events Result Limit||The maximum number of results to return when searching in the Events view.|
As analysts reconstruct sessions that they are investigating, some events can be very large and contain many thousands of source packets. Reconstructing these sessions, especially in a multi-user environment, can degrade application performance. The Reconstruction Settings allow an administrator to limit the number of packets and the size of a single event during reconstruction.
Note: An override to the Reconstruction Settings section is configurable for web views (under Web View Reconstruction Settings).
The following table describes the Reconstruction Settings features.
|Maximum number of packets for a single event||This setting protects performance by placing a limit on the number of packets processed for a single event reconstruction.|
Possible values are in the range from 100 to 10,000 packets, using manual entry or increments of 100 from the selection list. The default value is 100 packets.
|Maximum size, in bytes of a single event||This setting protects performance by placing a limit on the maximum size, in bytes, of a single event reconstruction.|
Possible values are in the range from 102,400 to 104,857,600 bytes, using manual entry or increments of 10,240 from the selection list. The default value is 2,097,152 bytes.
Allow Full Packet Reconstruction Override
When this checkbox is checked the analysts is provided with a Use More Packets button in the Reconstruction Panel. This enables the SA Server to regenerate events using all the packets available in the Event.
Web View Reconstruction Settings
The Web View Reconstruction Settings allow an administrator to configure settings that improve the reconstruction of a web view by scanning and reconstructing related events that contain the same supporting files. When Security Analytics is reconstructing a web view that spans multiple events, it is possible to improve the reconstruction of the target event by scanning and reconstructing related events that contain the same supporting files, such as images and cascaded style sheet (CSS) files.
- The only related events scanned are HTTP service type events with the same source address as the target event, and a time stamp within a specified time range before and after the target event.
- The maximum number of related events to scan is configurable.
Clicking on the Advanced Settings option displays all configurable settings in this section.
The following table describes the Web View Reconstruction Settings.
|Enable supporting files for web view||This option determines how web views that have related data in other sessions are reconstructed. The default setting is enabled.|
When enabled, supporting files from related events can be used in the reconstruction of web views. Additional settings for calibrating the performance are enabled in this section, and Analysts have the option to enable CSS use in reconstructions.
When disabled, supporting files from related events are not used and the setting for analysts to enable CSS use in reconstructions is disabled.
|Time Range to Scan Related Events||Available when Enable supporting files for web view is checked. Configures the time range within which Security Analytics scans related events that are of the service type HTTP and have the same source address as the target event. This is a value between 0 and 60. |
|Limit the number of related events processed||Allows configuration of the maximum number of related events that Security Analytics scans within the specified time range to discover supporting files for the target event. By default, this is disabled. When enabled, the Maximum Related Events field becomes active.|
|Max Related Events||When Limit the number of events processed is enabled, this field specifies the maximum number of related events that Security Analytics scans within the specified time range to discover supporting files for the target event.|
This is a selectable value between 10 and 1,000, using an increment of 100. The default value is 100.
|Limit the number of packets and size of each related event||Overrides the general settings for the maximum number of packets and maximum size (in bytes) for individual related events.|
|Maximum Number of Packets for a Single Related Event||Possible values are in the range from 100 to 10,000 packets, using increments of 100 from the selection list. The default value is 100 packets.|
|Maximum Size, in Bytes, of a Single Related Event||Possible values are in the range from 102,400 to 104,857,600 bytes, using increments of 10,240 from the selection list. The default value is 524,288 bytes.|
Reconstruction Cache Settings
In some cases, the reconstruction cache can present incorrect content; for this reason Security Analytics removes reconstructions that are older than a day from the cache. The cache is cleaned every day at midnight. Between the daily cache cleanings, certain actions may result in stale cache being used for a reconstruction, and if the need arises, administrators can manually clear cache for one or more services that are connected to the current Security Analytics server.
The following table describes the Reconstruction Cache Settings features.
|Selection box||Selection box in individual rows and in the title bar allow selection of one or more, or all services that need to have cache cleared manually.|
|Clear Cache for Selected Services||Clears the reconstruction cache for each selected service.|
|Clear Cache for All Services||Clears the reconstruction cache for all services.|
Context Lookup Tab
The Context Lookup tab enables the administrator to configure the Investigation meta keys and meta type mapping. The administrator can add or remove meta keys found in Investigation to the list of meta types supported by Context Hub service. Procedures associated with this panel are provided in Manage Meta Type and Meta Key Mapping topic in the Host and Service Configuration Guide.
The following table describes the features of the Context Lookup tab.