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One Identity Safeguard for Privileged Passwords 6.9 - Administration Guide

Introduction System requirements and versions Using API and PowerShell tools Using the virtual appliance and web management console Cloud deployment considerations Setting up Safeguard for Privileged Passwords for the first time Using the web client Getting started with the desktop client Using the desktop client Search box Privileged access requests Toolbox Accounts Account Groups Assets Asset Groups Discovery Entitlements Partitions Settings
Access Request settings Appliance settings Asset Management settings Backup and Retention settings Certificates settings Cluster settings Enable or Disable Services settings External Integration settings Messaging settings (desktop client) Password Management settings Real-Time Reports Safeguard Access settings SSH Key Management settings
Users User Groups Disaster recovery and clusters Administrator permissions Preparing systems for management Troubleshooting Frequently asked questions Appendix A: Safeguard ports Appendix B: SPP 2.7 or later migration guidance Appendix C: SPP and SPS join guidance Appendix D: Regular Expressions About us

Activity Center

The Activity Center is the place to go to view the details of specific events or user activity. The appliance records all activities performed within One Identity Safeguard for Privileged Passwords. Any administrator has access to the audit log information; however, your administrator permission set determines what audit data you can access. For more information, see Administrator permissions.

Activity Center: Main page toolbar

The toolbar at the top of the main Activity Center page contains these options.

  • Clear: Resets the current search criteria back to the default settings (all activity occurring within the last 24 hours).
  • Schedule: Allows you to define when the activity audit log report is to be generated and sent via email as well as the format of the report (.csv or .json). For more information, see Scheduling an activity audit log report.
  • Open: Allows you to access previously saved search and scheduled reports.
  • Save: Saves the current search criteria which can be used later to generate the report. For more information, see Saving search criteria.
  • Export: Select to create a .csv or .json file of the criteria displayed and save it to a location of your choice.
  • Run button: Generates an activity audit log report based on the search criteria specified.

In addition, query tiles display the criteria you have applied to search the activity data. By default, only the Activity category and Time frame tiles display. Use the Add button to specify additional query criteria to retrieve the information you are looking for. For more information, see Applying search criteria.

Activity Center: Results page toolbar

Once an activity audit log report is generated, the results page contains the search results grid and these toolbar options.

  • Back: Takes you back to the query page where you can modify the search criteria.
  • Refresh: Closes the details and updates the search results page.

Applying search criteria

Use the query builder in the Activity Center to add and remove data from your activity audit log report to get the information you need.

By default, an activity audit log report includes all activity occurring within the last 24 hours. However, using the query tiles provided you can specify search criteria to retrieve specific information from the activity audit log. The search criteria available includes:

  • I would like to see: Complete the Select an Activity Category dialog to narrow parameters and event details).
  • Occuring within the: Complete the Select a Timeframe dialog by hours, days, or a custom time frame you set.
  • Click to add any of the following additional criteria:
    • Add User then select one user.
    • Add Asset then select one asset.
    • Add Account then select one account.
    • Add Search Value: For sessions, you can search by keyword or value.

To apply search criteria to the audit log

Activity Category and Time frame are required to generate a report. Other search criteria is optional and allows you to narrow the report to the exact parameters provided.

  1. From the Safeguard for Privileged Passwords desktop Home page, select Activity Center.
  2. I would like to see defaults to All Activity. Click the tile to limit the report to a particular type of activity and select the activity category to be included in the report.

  3. Occurring within the defaults to Last 24 Hours. To specify a different time frame, click the tile and select the time frame to be included in the report. If using the Custom option, specify the custom date and time range.

  4. Click the Add button to further filter results. The options to add are based on the selections you made and may include user, asset, or account. When you add filters, additional tiles display such as: involving the asset.
    • If you select Add User, you can specify one user. A tile with the user displays.
    • If you select Add Asset, you can select an asset. A new tile with the asset displays. When an account is specified, the Add Asset option is not available.
    • If you select select Add Account, you can select the account. When an asset is specified, the Add Account option is not available.
  5. To search session activity for a specific keyword or value.

    1. Change the activity category (I would like to see) to Session Specific Activity (or In-Session Activity).
    2. Click the Add button and select Add Search value.
    3. In the Enter a Search Value dialog, enter the keyword or value (e.g., regedit) and click OK.

    An additional tile appears listing the keyword or value specified. If you later change the activity category, the keyword tile will be dimmed indicating it will not be included in the query.

  6. To remove or edit your selections, mouse over a query tile and use any of the following icons.

    • Clear: Resets the value back to the default. Clear is only available for Activity category and Time frame.

    • Delete: Removes search criteria tiles you added.
    • Edit: Displays the corresponding dialog allowing you to modify your selection. You can also click a query tile to edit your selection.

Saving search criteria

You can save the current search criteria defined to be used at a later time to generate an activity audit log report. You can save the current search criteria from the main Activity Center view (query builder page) or from the results view.

To save the current search criteria

  1. From the Safeguard for Privileged Passwords desktop Home page, select Activity Center.
  2. Specify the search criteria to be used to generate the desired report. For more information, see Applying search criteria.
  3. Click Save.
  4. In the Save Search dialog, enter the following information:

    1. Name: Enter a name for the search.
    2. Description: Optionally, enter descriptive text to describe the search.
  5. Click OK.
  6. To run a previously saved search, click Open.

    1. Select a search from the list. (The criteria for the selected search is displayed in the right pane.)

    2. Click Open.

    The query tiles for the selected search appear in the Activity Center page, where you can then select Run to generate the report.

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Editing or deleting a saved search or scheduled report

Generating an activity audit log report

To generate an activity audit log report

  1. From the Safeguard for Privileged Passwords desktop Home page, select Activity Center.
  2. Use the query tiles to specify the content of the report. By default the audit log returns all activity occurring within the last 24 hours. For more information, see Applying search criteria.

  3. Click Run.

    The information displayed by default depends on the type of activity report generated. (You can change the columns displayed by selecting the Columns in the upper right of the window.)

    For example, the "All Activity" report displays the following information for each event.

    • State: The left-most column displays one of the following regarding the availability of a recorded session:
      • Blank: Indicates that there is no recorded session available.
      • (green dot): Indicates that a live session is taking place. A Security Policy Administrator can click this button to launch the Desktop Player to follow what is happening in the current session.
      • Play: Indicates that there is a recorded session available locally on the appliance. Clicking this button launches the Desktop Player to play back the selected recording.
      • Download: Indicates that there is a recorded session available on the archive server. Clicking this button downloads the recording for play back.

      NOTE: These icons only appear on an "All Activity" or "Session Specific Activity" report.

    • User: The name of the user who triggered the event.
    • Date: The date and time the event occurred.
    • Activity Category: The category that defines the type of activity that occurred.
    • Event: The event that occurred. Double-click an event to view or hide event details.

Actions once a report is generated

Once a report is generated, you can use the buttons above the grid as described below.

  • Time frames: To rerun the report using a different time frame, select one of the following links, specify the time range, then click Run.
    • Last 24 Hours (default)
    • Last 7 Days
    • Last 30 Days
    • Last 60 Days
    • Last 90 Days
    • Custom

  • Workflow: Select an access request event and click Workflow to audit the transactions that occurred during the request's workflow from request to approval to review. For session requests, you can also replay a recorded session or live session from the Request Workflow dialog. For more information, see Replaying a session.
  • Run: Select to generate the report using the specified time frame.
  • Export: Right-click to select Export as CSV or Export as JSON to the location of your choice. Different information may be returned based on whether you select CSV or JSON. For example, JSON includes details of accounts discovered and CSV includes only the count of accounts. The time is set according to the user time zone. You can convert timestamps another time, if necessary. For more information, see Converting time stamps.
  • Schedule: Select to schedule the generation of the activity audit log report. For more information, see Scheduling an activity audit log report.
  • Save: Select to save the current search criteria to reuse the search later. For more information, see Saving search criteria.
  • Column: Select to display a list of columns that can be displayed in the grid. Select the check box for data to be included in the report. Clear the check box for data to be excluded from the report. The additional columns available depend on the type of activity included in the report.
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