Sec/User Mgmt: Step 6. Enable PKI

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This topic describes the procedure to enable Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) authentication on NetWitness Suite.


To enable PKI, make sure that:

  • At least one Active Directory (AD) is configured and enabled on NetWitness Suite. This AD must be reachable and the roles must be mapped. 

Note: PAM is not supported for PKI authentication. 

  • One Server Certificate is configured and set as 'Use as Server Certificate'.
  • One Trusted CA certificate is configured.


Enable PKI Authentication

To enable PKI authentication:

  1. In NetWitness Suite, go to ADMIN > Security
    The Security view is displayed with the Users tab open.
  2. Click the Settings tab.
  3. In the Enable PKI section, select the Enable PKI checkbox.
  4. Click Apply.
    The Pre-Requisite Checks dialog is displayed.
    This is the Pre-Requisite Checks dialog.
  1. Click Enable PKI.

Note: If all the prerequisites are met, only then you click on Enable PKI.

  1. Refresh the puppet agent on the NetWitness Suite host using the following command:
    puppet agent -t

Note: After the puppet refresh, the default Administrator account is disabled and you will be ONLY authenticated using the certificate.

After you enable PKI:

  1. Make sure you do not delete the AD configuration and external group mapping that corresponds to the user certificate's domain.
  2. To log out from a PKI based session, you must close the browser used to access NetWitness Suite.
  3. If audit log is enabled, the user login and activity is logged using the user DN.
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