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Searching Events

Role Availability Read-Only Analyst Manager

USM Anywhere includes several filters displayed by default. These filters enable you to search for your items of interest. You can either filter your search, or enter what you are looking for in the search box, which is in the upper left corner of the page.

You can configure more filters and change which filters are displayed by clicking the Configure filters link, which is located in the upper left corner of the page.

Note: The management of filters is similar to that for assets. See Managing Filters for more information.

Filters displayed by default in the main Events page
Filter Name Meaning
Created during Filter eventsAny traffic or data exchange detected by AlienVault products through a Sensor, or through external devices such as a firewall. triggered in the last hour, last 24 hours, last 7 days, last 30 days, or last 90 days. You can also configure your own period of time by clicking the icon. This option enables you to customize a range and narrow it to delimit your search per minutes and seconds.
Suppressed

Filter suppressed events. See Suppressing/Unsuppressing Events and Creating Suppression Rules from the Events Page for more information.

Not Suppressed Filter hiding suppressed events. The suppressed events are hidden by default.
Account Name Filter events by the account that has generated the event.
Data Source Plugin Filter events by the plugin used to normalize the event.
Event Name Filter events by the short, user-readable description of the event.
Source Name Filter events by the name of the external applicationA software program that performs some collection of tasks on a computer or some other programmable device. or device that produced the event.
Sensor Filter events by the name of the USM Anywhere SensorSensors are deployed into an on-premises, cloud, or multi-cloud environment to collect log and other security-related data. This data is normalized and then securely forwarded to USM Anywhere for analysis and correlation. that received the event.
Asset Groups When the hostReference to a computer on a network. for the event source or destination is an assetAn IP-addressable host, including but not limited to network devices, virtual servers, and physical servers. belonging to one or more of your asset groupsAsset groups are administratively created objects that group similar assets for specific purposes., this field filters the asset group name or names.
Username Filter events by the username associated with the asset that generated the event.

Note: See About the "Was Fuzzied" Filter for more information about this filter.

The number between brackets displayed by each filter indicates the number of items that matches the filter. You can also use the filter controls to provide a method of organizing your search and filtered results. These are the icons next to each filter title:

Icons next to the filter title
Sort the filters alphabetically.
Sort the filters by number of items that matches them.

In the upper left side of the page, you can see any filters you have applied. Remove filters by clicking the icon next to the filter. Or clear all filters by clicking Reset All Filters.

Note: When applying filters, the search uses the logical AND operator if the used filters are different. However, when the filter is of the same type, the search uses the logical OR.

Those filters that have more than ten options include a Filter Value search box for writing text and make the search easier.

About the "Was Fuzzied" Filter

When USM Anywhere receives raw log data on the USM Anywhere Sensor, it tries to match them with plugins based on hints and manual associations. Sometimes that process fails and events are processed by the AlienVault Generic Plugin, which attempts to find some common information using "fuzzy" matching.  These events can be found by filtering by the data source plugin or the "Was Fuzzied" fields.

Important: An event having the "Was Fuzzied" field with the value "true" has its data source property as "[empty]".

See The AlienVault Generic Plugin for more information about how this plugin attempts to normalize an unmatched log message.

To search events that are not matched with a specific plugin

  1. Go to Activity > Events.
  2. In the upper left corner of the page, click the Configure Filters link.

  3. Search the filter Was Fuzzied.
  4. Click the icon to select the filter.
  5. Click Apply.
  6. In the left panel, search the Was Fuzzied plugin.
  7. Click true. The number between parentheses indicates the number of events that were created with the built-in generic plugin.

Note: The false value displays the events that have an assigned plugin. The number between parentheses indicates the number of events.

Note: See Plugin Management for more information about plugins.

Filtering Events by Row Fields

USM Anywhere includes a column with the icon in the Events List View page. Use this icon to add filters to your search. When you click this icon, a popup window displays with the specific fields of that row.

To filter events by row fields

  1. Go to Activity > Events to open the Events List View page.
  2. Click the icon of the row you want to add the filters to.
  3. The Add Filters popup window appears.

    Add filters to your search of events by row fields

  4. Select the fields that you want to filter during your search. Click Equals or Not to limit your search.
  5. Click Apply.
  6. The result of your search displays with the filters applied.