This topic introduces the external authentication methods that NetWitness Suite supports.
When a user logs in, NetWitness Suite first attempts to authenticate locally. If no local user is found, and External Authentication configuration is enabled, an attempt is made to authenticate externally.
External authentication allows users who do not have an internal NetWitness Suite user account to log on to NetWitness Suite and receive role-based permissions.
NetWitness Suite supports two methods of external authentication, Active Directory and Pluggable Authentication Modules (PAM). Topics in this section describe how to configure and test each method.