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Storage Device Audit Summary Dashboards

by David Schwalenberg
September 24, 2014

Governance, Risk Management, and Compliance (GRC) is a substantial part of any information assurance program.  A GRC requires information systems to be audited, regardless of the standard to which the audit is performed.  These dashboards provide the audit results for NetApp Data ONTAP and Brocade FabricOS. 

One of the initial steps in a successful GRC program is to set configuration guidelines and establish a supportable set of security policies.  SecurityCenter Continuous View (CV) can measure compliance using audit files that cover a wide range of major regulations and other auditable standards. Tenable provides over 500 audit files, which are available for download from the Tenable Support Portal, in categories such as operating systems, applications, databases, and network devices. Tenable products can be used to audit systems based on SCAP content, and many Tenable audit policies have been certified by the Center for Internet Security (CIS). More information about audit files can be found in the Tenable Discussion Forums, Tenable Support Portal, Nessus Compliance Checks, and Nessus Compliance Reference.

The dashboard and its components are available in the SecurityCenter Feed, a comprehensive collection of dashboards, reports, assurance report cards and assets. The dashboard can be easily located in the SecurityCenter Feed under the category Compliance & Configuration Assessments.

The dashboard requirements are:

  • SecurityCenter 4.8.1
  • Nessus 5.2.7
  • Compliance Data

Audit files can be customized to match the values defined by an organization's corporate policies. Audit files are easily created or modified to support the organizations existing security policies. When an audit is performed, for each individual compliance check, Nessus attempts to determine if the host is compliant, non-compliant, or if the results are inconclusive and need to be verified manually. Unlike a vulnerability check that only reports if the vulnerability is actually present, a compliance check always reports a result. This way, the data can be used as the basis of an audit report to show that a host passed or failed a specific test, or if it could not be properly tested.

SecurityCenter CV is the market leader in providing a unique combination of vulnerability detection, compliance auditing, and reporting.  SecurityCenter CV supports auditing more technologies than any other vendor, including operating systems, network devices, hypervisors, databases, tablets, phones, web servers, and critical infrastructure.  Nessus is continuously updated with information about advanced threats and zero-day vulnerabilities, and new types of regulatory compliance configuration audits. This makes SecurityCenter CV the market-defining continuous network monitoring platform, and Nessus the market-defining vulnerability scanning for auditors and security analysts.

NetApp Data ONTAP Audit Results - SecurityCenter CV using Nessus has the ability to test the configuration for systems running NetApp Data ONTAP and confirm that it is in accordance with security policy standards. The audit file includes the Best Practices for Secure Configuration of Data ONTAP 7G located at Best Practices for Secure Configuration of Data ONTAP 7G. The audit files include checks for NFS, CIFS, SnapVault, SnapMirror, management, protocol access, and many more configuration settings. 

Brocade FabricOS Audit Results - SecurityCenter CV using Nessus has the ability to audit the configuration settings on systems running Brocade Fabric OS (FOS). Brocade Fabric OS (FOS) runs on the Brocade family of Fibre Channel and FICON switches. This audit includes checks for password policy, enabled services, lockout policy, insecure service configurations, authentication related settings, as well as logging and audit settings.