Reporting: Manage Access for Reporting Module

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This section covers the access permissions the user can specify for the different objects in the Reporting module. The Reporting Module provides you the option to set up access control for all the components in the module. In Security Analytics, you can define different roles and specify the access control for each of the role from the System Security module. You can define the access control to be provided for the Reporting module for each role. For more information, see Step 1: Review Five Pre-Configured Roles and Step 2: (Optional) Add a Role and Assign Permission in the System Security and User Management Guide.

In the Reports module, you can modify the role permissions or access the following Reporting objects:

Following is an example of the hierarchy of the object groups, objects, and dependents. This is an illustration of the Report Groups and Reports hierarchy.

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Report Groups and Reports Hierarchy

Applying Permission for Object Groups

  • You must have the Read & Write permission to set the permissions for the Object Group, Objects, or Dependents. The dependents with “No Access” permission are grayed out and dependents with “Read-Only” permission are indicated with an icon.
  • When you set the permission for the Object Group, the Objects and Dependents in the Object Group do not inherit the permission automatically. You must select the "Apply these permissions to sub-groups and <Objects> in this group" option to achieve this. For example, if you do not want Operators roles to access reports in Report Group A, then you must set the permission on Group A to No access for the Operator role and select the "Apply these permissions to sub-groups and Reports in this group" option.
  • When you set the permissions for the Object Group and select the "Apply these permissions to sub-groups and <Objects> in this group" option, the dependents such as rules or schedules in the objects do not inherit the permissions automatically. You must use the "Apply Read-only permission to Rules in the <Object>" option to apply the permission to the rules.
  • When you set the permissions for the Objects, you must ensure that the Objects in hierarchy should always have a permission that is less than or equal to the one above in the hierarchy for the permission to be applied. For example, if the reports in a Report Group have Read & Write permission and you apply a Read-Only or No Access permission at the Report Group level and select the "Apply these permissions to sub-groups and Reports in this group" option, then the permission on the rules will remain unchanged. 
  • The permissions are cascaded from top to down in the hierarchy and not vice-versa. For example, if you apply a permission to a rule, it does not change the permission of the Report that contains the rule. 

Applying Permission for Objects or Dependents

  • You must have the Read & Write permission to set the permissions for the Objects or Dependents.
  • You can specify the permission for multiple objects at once instead of setting the permission for each object.
  • When you set the permission for the Object, the dependents in the Object do not inherit the permission automatically. You must select the "Apply Read-only permission to Rules in the <Object>" option to achieve this.

When you apply the permission to dependents the permission is applied based on the existing permission for the role. For example, consider an Analyst and a Operator with the following permissions for the different dependents (Report A object has Rule AA, Rule AB, and Rule AC as dependents). 

                        
Object or DependentAnalystOperator
Report ARead & WriteNo Access
           Rule AARead & WriteNo Access
           Rule ABRead and WriteRead and Write
           Rule ACRead-onlyNo Access

When the Analyst applies a Read & Write permission for the Operator role and selects the option "Apply Read-only permission to Rules in the <Object>", then the permissions will be set for the different dependents as follows: 

Modifying the Permissions

  • Group Level: Set the permissions at the Object Group level and for all the object and entities in the Group. For example, if you have 80 reports in the Administrators Reports group and you do not want anyone except the Administrator to add or modify these reports, you can set the permission for all the other roles at the group level to Read-Only and select the option to apply it to all the reports and sub-groups in the report group. 
  • Multiple Objects: Select multiple objects and specify the access for all the selected objects. For example, if you have 10 reports in the Network Traffic sub group with sensitive  information that you do not want anyone to access, select the 10 reports and then set the permission for all the roles as "No Access".
  • Single Object: Select only the object and specify the permission. For example, select the Network Traffic Report and specify the Read-Write permission for the Security Analyst role or select the Login Failure Alert and specify the Read-Write permission for a Security Analyst role.
                        
Object or DependentOperator (Before Permission is applied)Operator (After Permission is applied)
Report ANo AccessRead & Write
           Rule AANo AccessRead-only
           Rule ABRead and WriteRead & Write
           Rule ACNo AccessRead-only

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