Endpoint Log Hybrid Configuration

This topic provides the high-level tasks required to configure the Endpoint Log Hybrid.

Worklfow describing the Endpoint Hybrid and Endpoing Log Hybrid configuration process

Tasks Description
Install the Endpoint Log Hybrid See the Physical Host Installation Guide and Virtual Host Setup Guide.
Deploy Application and ESA Rules See Deploying Endpoint Application Rules and ESA Correlation Rules.
Configuring Metadata Forwarding

Similar to logs and packets, you can view Endpoint metadata in the Navigate and Events view. You can also generate reports and alerts for the Endpoint data. By default, the Endpoint Meta option is disabled. The agent must be installed with the Endpoint Meta option enabled to forward metadata.

Install Agents on Hosts

The Endpoint agent installer is generated using the Packager tab under netwitness_adminicon_25x22.png (Admin) > Services > Config > Endpoint Server from the NetWitness Platform user interface. The Packager is a zip file that contains executables and configuration files for generating agent installer for Linux, Mac, and Windows operating systems. You can install only one version of the agent on a host. If you have a previous version of an agent installed (for example, 4.4), uninstall this agent to install the 11.6 agent.

After the agent is installed, it appears on the Hosts view. By default, the Endpoint data is posted for the first time. To collect subsequent Endpoint data, you have to either schedule a scan or perform ad hoc scan. It retrieves data, such as drivers, processes, DLLs, files (executables), services, autoruns, security information, anomalies, system configurations, and scripts found on the host.

Note: If a Windows host has proxy setup enabled and configured, the Endpoint agent communicates to the Endpoint server through proxy. If a host has both Automatic (Auto detect and Setup Script) and Manual proxy settings enabled and configured, the order of precedence is as follows:
1. Manual proxy setup
2. Automatic proxy setup - Use setup script
3. Automatic proxy setup - Automatically detect settings

Install and Configure the Relay Server

See (Optional) Installing and Configuring Relay Server.

Endpoint Sources To efficiently manage and update endpoint agent configurations, you can group the agents, and manage their behavior using policies.

Enable Reputation Status

Reputation Status is enabled by default in an NetWitness Platform 11.3 and later deployment and displays information about the file. For troubleshooting, see the Live Services Guide.

Risk Score

Risk Score is calculated and obtained from NetWitness Respond for hosts and files. For more information, see the NetWitness Respond Configuration Guide.

Configuring Data Retention Policy

Define data retention policies to optimally store and manage the Endpoint data based on the age of the Endpoint data or the storage size.

By default, 30 days of agent data is retained.

Managing Inactive Agents

By default, agents (including all the collected Endpoint data) that have not communicated with the Endpoint Server for 90 days will be automatically deleted.

Configure Retention Policy for Memory Dumps and MFT Define retention policy to optimally store and manage downloaded system dump, process dump, and MFT. By default, 90 days of data is retained.

Investigate Endpoint data

You can investigate the Endpoint data in the Hosts and Files views. For more information, see the NetWitness Endpoint User Guide.