NetWitness Suite Deployment

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This guide describes the basic requirements of a NetWitness Suite deployment and outlines optional scenarios to address needs of your enterprise. Even in small networks, planning can ensure that all goes smoothly when you are ready to bring the hosts online.

Note: This document refers to several additional documents available on RSA Link. Go to the Master Table of Contents for NetWitness Logs & Packets 11.x to find all NetWitness Suite 11.x documents.

There are many factors you must consider before you deploy NetWitness Suite. The following items are just some of these factors. You need to estimate growth and storage requirements when you consider these factors.

  • The size of your enterprise (that is, the number of locations and people that will use NetWitness Suite.
  • The volume of packets and logs you need to process.
  • The performance each NetWitness Suite user role needs to do their jobs effectively.
  • The prevention of downtime (that is, how to avoid a single point of failure).
  • The environment in which you plan to run NetWitness Suite
    • RSA Appliances (software running on hardware supplied by RSA)
      See the RSA NetWitness® Suite Physical Host Installation Guide for detailed instructions on how to deploy RSA Appliances.
    • Software Only provided by RSA:
      • On-Premises (On-Prem) Virtual Hosts
        See the RSA NetWitness® SuiteVirtual Host Installation Guide for detailed instructions on how to deploy on-prem virtual hosts.
      • VCloud:
        • Amazon Web Services (AWS)
          See the RSA NetWitness® SuiteAWS Deployment Guide for detailed instructions on how to deploy virtual hosts in AWS.
        • Azure
          See the RSA NetWitness® SuiteAzure Deployment Guide for detailed instructions on how to deploy virtual hosts in Azure.

Basic Deployment Process

Before you can deploy NetWitness Suite you need to:

  • Consider the requirements of your enterprise and understand the deployment process.
  • Have a high-level picture of the complexity and scope of a NetWitness Suite deployment.

Process

The components and topology of a NetWitness Suite network can vary greatly between installations, and should be carefully planned before the process begins. Initial planning includes:

  • Consideration of site requirements and safety requirements.
  • Review of the network architecture and port usage.
  • Support of group aggregation on Archivers and Concentrators, and virtual hosts.

When ready to begin deployment, the general sequence is:

  • For RSA Appliances:
    1. Install appliances and connect to the network as described in the RSA NetWitness® Suite Hardware Setup Guides and the RSA NetWitness® Suite Physical Host Installation Guide.
    2. Set up licensing for NetWitness Suite as described in the RSA NetWitness® Suite Licensing Guide.
    3. Configure individual appliances and services as described in RSA NetWitness® Suite Host and Services Getting Started Guide. This guide also describes the procedures for applying updates and preparing for version upgrades.
  • For On-Prem virtual hosts, follow the instructions in the RSA NetWitness® Suite Virtual Host Setup Guide.
  • For AWS, follow the instructions in the RSA NetWitness® Suite AWS Deployment Guide
  • For Azure, follow the instructions in the RSA NetWitness® Suite Azure Deployment Guide

When updating hosts and services, follow recommended guidelines under the "Running in Mixed Mode" topic in the RSA NetWitness Suite Host and Services Getting Started Guide.

You should also become familiar with Hosts, Host Types, and Services as they are used in the context of NetWitness Suite also described in the RSA NetWitness Suite Host and Services Getting Started Guide.

NetWitness Suite High-Level Deployment Diagram

The following diagram illustrates a basic, multi-site NetWitness Suite Deployment.

RSA NetWitness Suite Detailed Host Deployment Diagram

The following diagram is an example of a NetWitness Suite deployment hosted on physical or virtual machines. For instructions on how to install NetWitness Suite see the Physical Host Installation Guide, Virtual Host Installation Guide, AWS Deployment Guide, or Azure Deployment Guide. Go to the Master Table of Contents for NetWitness Logs & Packets 11.x to find all NetWitness Suite 11.x documents.

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