What is NetWitness Endpoint?

What is NetWitness Endpoint?

RSA NetWitness Endpoint is an endpoint detection and response tool that continuously monitors the behavior of all endpoints in the network to provide deep visibility and analysis of executables and processes. It helps to detect new, unknown, and targeted attacks, highlights suspicious activity for investigation, exposes anomalous behaviors, and determines the scope of compromise to help analysts respond to advanced threats faster.

About this Guide

This guide provides end-to-end instructions to configure NetWitness Endpoint and to use Endpoint features.

RSA NetWitness Platform Documentation in NetWitness Community Portal

The NetWitness Platform product documentation is organized along functional lines. If you are looking for a specific guide or version, go to the a.

Use these links to view the NetWitness Platform 11.x documentation. Both links provide the same documentation, in these two formats:

Use these links to access documentation that is not related to a particular version of the software:

Getting Started

The following tasks can be performed in any sequence.

Description References

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View information about product updates, improvements, and known issues.

Release Notes

Understand NetWitness Endpoint.

"Getting Started with NetWitness Platform" and "Investigate" in the NetWitness Platform Getting Started Guide

Setup and Installation

Fresh Installation

The following tasks must be performed in the sequence listed.

Description References

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Obtain a license for Endpoint Log Hybrid.

Licensing Management Guide

Review the supported hardware.

"Supported Hardware" in the Physical Host Installation Guide

Review the Endpoint architecture; plan your deployment based on the number of endpoints, distribution, and location of these endpoints; and choose one of the following deployments:

  • Single Endpoint server
  • Multiple Endpoint server

"NetWitness Endpoint Architecture" in the Deployment Guide

Configure the ports on your firewall.

"Network Architecture and Ports" in the Deployment Guide

Install NetWitness Server and other components.

For a single Endpoint server deployment, you need to install - NetWitness Server, Endpoint Log Hybrid, and ESA.

For a multiple Endpoint server, in addition to the above components, you need to install - Additional Endpoint Log Hybrid, NetWitness Broker along with Endpoint Broker installed on it.

- Physical Host Installation Guide for instructions on how to set up physical hosts

- Virtual Host Installation Guide for instructions on how to set up virtual hosts

Install Endpoint Log Hybrid.

"RSA NetWitness Endpoint" in the Physical Host Installation Guide
Review the services installed. Hosts and Services Getting Started Guide

Note: Review the default policies and modify them accordingly.

Install Endpoint agent on hosts.

"Endpoint Sources" topic in the Endpoint Configuration Guide

NetWitness Endpoint Agent Installation Guide

Upgrade

The following tasks must be performed in the sequence listed.

Description References

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Install the 11.5 Relay Server "Install the 11.5 Relay Server" in the Upgrade Guide

Upgrade Endpoint Agents

"Upgrade Agents" in the Endpoint Agent Installation Guide

Configuration

The following tasks can be performed in any sequence.

Description References

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Understand NetWitness Endpoint and high-level tasks required for configuration. "NetWitness Endpoint Overview and Endpoint Server Configuration" in the Endpoint Configuration Guide
Review Groups and Policies for agents. "Endpoint Sources" topic in the Endpoint Configuration Guide

Set up the RSA Live account and verify if the ESA content and Application Rules for Endpoint are available.

Note: The file reputation service is automatically enabled on RSA Live.

Live Services Management Guide
Create role-based access control (RBAC). "Role Permissions" in the System Security and User Management Guide

Configure data retention policy.

"Configure Data Retention" in the Endpoint Configuration Guide

Manage inactive agents. "Manage Inactive Agents" in the Endpoint Configuration Guide
Configure Memory Dumps and MFT retention policy. "Configure Retention Policy for Memory Dumps and MFT" in the Endpoint Configuration Guide

Investigation

The following tasks can be performed in any sequence.

Description References

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Understand how investigation works.

"How NetWitness Investigate Works" in the NetWitness Investigate User Guide

Configure investigate views. "Configuring NetWitness Investigate Views and Preferences" in the

NetWitness Investigate User Guide

Begin an investigation in different Investigate views. "Beginning an Investigation" in the

NetWitness Investigate User Guide

Review best practices for files and hosts and set up your Investigate view for investigation.

"Best Practices" under Investigating Files and Investigating Hosts in theNetWitness Endpoint User Guide

Investigate files.

"Investigating Files" in the NetWitness Endpoint User Guide

Investigate hosts. "Investigating Hosts" in the NetWitness Endpoint User Guide

Investigate process.

"Investigating Hosts" in the NetWitness Endpoint User Guide

Analyze downloaded files. "Analyzing Downloaded Files" in the NetWitness Endpoint User Guide

Change file status and remediate.

"Changing File Status or Remediate" in the NetWitness Endpoint User Guide

Analyze events.

"Analyzing Events" in the NetWitness Endpoint User Guide

"Analyzing Raw Data and Metadata in the Events View", "Investigating Metadata in the Navigate View", and "Examining Raw Events in the Events View" in the NetWitness Investigate User Guide

Perform host forensics. "Performing Host Forensics" in the NetWitness Endpoint User Guide

Isolate hosts from network.

"Isolating Hosts from Network" in the NetWitness Endpoint User Guide

Investigate using REST APIs API User Guide

Respond and Reporting

The following tasks can be performed in any sequence.

Description References

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Respond to Endpoint incidents. NetWitness Respond User Guide
View reports related to Endpoint data. Reporting User Guide

Maintenance

The following tasks can be performed in any sequence.

Description References

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Monitor health and wellness. System Maintenance Guide

Integration (for Legacy NetWitness Endpoint)

The following tasks can be performed in any sequence.

Description References
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Configure NetWitness Endpoint 4.4.x metadata with NetWitness. "Integrating NetWitness Endpoint 4.4.0.2 or Later with NetWitness Platform" topic in the Endpoint Configuration Guide

Configure integrated operation of NetWitness Endpoint 4.4.x with NetWitness.

NetWitness Endpoint Integration Guide