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Investigate: Column Groups Dialogs

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Column groups allow you to format the events list to include only the relevant meta keys in the Events view and Legacy Events view (see Use Columns and Column Groups in the Events List). When the events list in Investigate is populated with events, each column lists the values returned for a meta key. Changing the meta keys displayed in the events list is a useful method of narrowing the focus of your investigation. For example, the default column group includes columns for Collection Time, Type, Theme, Size, and Summary. These are just the basic information, not specialized in any way. The RSA Email Analysis list has only that contain information useful when investigating email.

The column group definition includes the meta keys to use as column titles, the position of the column in the list, and the default width of the column. You can add, delete, import, export, and edit column groups. At fresh installation, built-in column groups are available. The built-in column groups are prefixed with RSA and can be duplicated but cannot be edited or deleted. You can also create custom column groups.

  • The Create Column Group dialog is for the 11.4 Events view. To access this dialog, select Column Group > New Column Group in the Events view toolbar.
  • The Column Group Details dialog is for the 11.4 Events view. To access this dialog, select Column Group in the Events view toolbar, then click the edit icon (the edit icon) next to a custom column group name.
  • The Manage Column Groups dialog is for the Legacy Events view (Version 11.4) , and the Events view (Version 11.4 and earlier). The Manage Column Groups dialog has one feature that is not yet available in the Create Column Group dialog: set column width, import, and export. To access this dialog, go to Investigate > Legacy Events and in the View drop-down list select Manage Column Groups. The View option is named for the current value, for example, Detail View, List View, Log View, or the currently selected column group.
    This is the Custom Column Groups drop-down

After column groups are defined, you can use them in other Investigate views. In the Navigate view, Profiles allow you to select a column group to use when the profile is applied. In the Events view amd the Legacy Events view, you can select a column group to apply to the Events panel.

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Quick Look - Column Group Menu, Create Column Group Dialog, and Column Group Details Dialog

This section introduces the Column Group Menu, Create Column dialog, and the Column Group Details dialog. The following figures are examples of the Column Group menu. The example on the left has a built-in column group highlighted so that the information icon is visible. Notice the color difference between the highlighted column group (RSA Endpoint Analysis) versus the selected column group (RSA Email Analysis). The example on the right has a custom column group highlighted so that the edit icon is visible. The table describes the options.

the Column Group menu showing a highlighted group vs selected group Column Group menu with a custom group selected

                         
FeatureDescription
Filter Column GroupsFilters the list of column groups as you type text so that only group names that contain that text are displayed.
Column Group List The list of column groups consists of custom and built-in groups, which are distinguished by the icons that precede the name. In the second example, Custom Column Group A and Custom Column Group B are custom column groups. The RSA column groups are built-in column groups.
New Column Group Displays the Create Column Group dialog, where you can create a custom column group.

The Create Column Group dialog, shown in the figure on the left, allows you to define a custom column group. The figure on the right illustrates the Column Group Details dialog, in which you can edit a custom column group. The table describes the fields and options in the dialogs.

the Create Column Group dialog the Column Group Details dialog

                                                       
FeatureDescription
delete icon Deletes the custom column group in the Column Group Details dialog. This action is irreversible and applies globally; the column group is no longer available to anyone who is using it on this service.
Group Name Displays the name of the column group. The name must be unique and contain fewer than 64 characters. You can type in this field to edit the name in a custom column group.
Filter Meta KeysFilters the Displayed Meta Keys and Available Meta Keys based on the text that you type. Only meta keys that contain the typed text are displayed.
Displayed Meta Keys Displays a scrollable list of meta keys that are selected for use in the custom column group. You can add meta keys in the Available Meta Keys list to this list, remove meta keys from this list Remove meta key icon, and drag meta keys up or down to change the order in this list (list order icon).
Available Meta Keys Displays a scrollable list of meta keys that are available (on the service) for use in the custom column group. You can add them to the Available Meta Keys list. Clicking the add icon next to the meta key name adds it to the Displayed Meta Keys list.

Close button

Closes the dialog.

Save Column GroupFor the Create Column Group dialog only, saves the new column group.

Reset

For the Column Group Details dialog only, reverts the edited column group to the last saved state.

Update Column Group

For the Column Group Details dialog only, applies changes to an edited column group.

Select Column Group

Applies the column group.

Quick Look - Manage Column Groups Dialog

the Manage Column Groups dialog

The Manage Column Groups dialog has two panels: Groups and Settings. At the bottom of this dialog are four buttons: Close, Cancel, Save, and Save and Apply.

The left panel is the Groups panel. This is where you can add, delete, import, or export column groups. At the top of the panel is a toolbar. Below the toolbar is a list of added column groups, where you can select one or more groups.

The following table lists the actions in the toolbar.

                               
ActionDescription

Add icon

Adds a column group. Clicking this button highlights the Settings panel on the right, where you can name the column group and add or delete meta keys. At least one meta key is required to add a group.

Delete icon

Deletes a column group. A confirmation dialog is displayed before the selected group is deleted. OOTB column groups cannot be deleted.

the Duplicate icon

Creates a copy of the selected column group.

Import icon

Displays the Import Column Groups dialog, where you can select a file to upload.

Export icon

Exports one or more selected groups to your local file system.

The right panel is the Settings panel. This is where you can create and edit column groups. This panel contains the Name field, a toolbar, and a list. The following table describes the features of the Settings panel.

                                         
FeatureDescription
NameThe name of the selected column group.
Add icon Adds a new row to the list of meta keys, where you can open a drop-down menu to select a new meta key.
Delete icon Deletes one or more selected meta keys. Displays a confirmation dialog before deleting.
ResetReturns the column group to its most recently saved settings.
Meta KeyLists the meta keys added to the selected column group.
Display NameLists the names of the meta keys as they are displayed in the Navigate, Events, and Event Analysis views.
WidthSpecifies the width of each meta key's column. The width can be set between 10 and 1000. The default width is 100.

The following table provides descriptions of the action buttons.

                               
FeatureDescription
CloseCloses the dialog without saving.
CancelCancels all unsaved changes.
SaveSaves all changes without closing the dialog.
Save and ApplySaves and applies all changes immediately, closing the dialog.

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