AlienVault® USM Appliance™

Sophos Enterprise Console through NXLog

When you configure Sophos Enterprise Console (SEC) to send log data to USM Appliance, you can use the Sophos EC plugin to translate the raw log data into normalized events for analysis.

Device Details
Vendor Sophos
Device Type Endpoint Security
Connection Type Syslog
Data Source Name sophos-ec
Data Source ID 1763

Integrating Sophos Enterprise Console

Before you configure the Sophos Enterprise Console integration, you must have the IP address of the USM Appliance Sensor.

You must download and install the Sophos Reporting Log Writer to complete this task. Follow the instructions in the Sophos Reporting Log Writer user guide to download and install the Reporting Log Writer.

The Sophos EC plugin leverages NXLog to send data to USM Appliance. Therefore, you must also install NXLog on your Sophos Enterprise Console.

Configure NXLog on Windows

To send log data through NXLog to USM Appliance

  1. If not done already, download nxlog.conf, and then place it in the conf directory of your NXLog installation. Depending on which version you use, the directory can be C:\Program Files (x86)\nxlog\conf for the 32-bit version or C:\Program Files\nxlog\conf for the 64-bit version.

    Note: This step overwrites the default nxlog.conf file. You may want to back up the original copy before placing the one provided by AlienVault.

  2. Open the nxlog.conf file in a text editor.
  3. Update the root path of your NXLog installation.

    1. Locate the following lines:

      #define ROOT C:\Program Files\nxlog

      #define ROOT C:\Program Files (x86)\nxlog

    2. Uncomment the path that matches the NXLog installation on your Windows machine.
  4. Enter the USM Appliance Sensor IP address.

    1. Locate the following line:

      define OUTPUT_DESTINATION_ADDRESS <USM-Appliance-Sensor-IP>

    2. Replace <USM-Appliance-Sensor-IP> with the IP address of the USM Appliance All-in-One or USM Appliance Sensor that will receive the Windows events.
  5. Uncomment the section between SOPHOSEC-NXLOG and /SOPHOSEC-NXLOG.

    Important: Only remove the first # symbol in each line when uncommenting the sections. The remaining # symbol indicates that the line is either a comment or optional.

  6. Save the file.
  7. Start or restart the NXLog service.

Plugin Enablement

For plugin enablement information, see Enable Plugins.

If enabling the plugin on assets, you will find it listed as Sophos : EC : -.


For troubleshooting, refer to the vendor documentation: