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About Asset Management

Applies to Product: USM Appliance™ AlienVault OSSIM®

Proper asset management is necessary to make the most of the AlienVault USM Appliance experience. Asset management allows you to configure USM Appliance according to your needs.

In USM Appliance, asset management includes the following aspects:

  • Asset Discovery — One of the essential security capabilities that AlienVault USM Appliance offers. This capability allows users to discover and inventory all the assets in a network and to correlate asset information with threat and vulnerability data. This functionality uses active and passive network asset scanning.
  • Adding/Deleting assets — You can add or delete assets manually.
  • Vulnerability Scanning — Vulnerability assessment is another essential security capability that USM Appliance provides. With the asset-oriented security approach introduced in USM Appliance, you can schedule vulnerability scans directly from the assets. See Running Vulnerability Scans from Assets.
  • HIDS Agent Deployment — Starting with USM Appliance version 5.1, you can deploy HIDS agents directly while managing the assets. See Deploying HIDS Agents.
  • Categorization — You can categorize your assets in many different ways by using filters "and/or" labels.
  • Prioritization — Not all assets have the same significance. You can prioritize your assets by assigning different values to them. See About Assets and Groups.
  • Monitoring assetsUSM Appliance allows two types of asset monitoring: host monitoring and services monitoring. Host monitoring reports if an asset is up or down, while services monitoring discovers services on an asset and monitors availability of those services.
  • Analysis — It is essential to investigate the alarms. This may, for instance, require knowing the software version installed on an asset; the existing vulnerabilities; the users who have access to (or traffic generated by) an asset.