Forensics - All Activity

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The All Activity page helps you understand the actions performed on entities in the Cloud Secure environment.

Examining All Activity Data

Click Forensics > Activity Forensics and click the All Activity tab to access the All Activity page.
This page provides an overview of activities in your environment, highlighting the following information:

  • A graph showing Activity History (accessed per minute/per 5 minutes/per 10 minutes based on selected global time range)

    You can zoom the graph by dragging out a rectangle in the graph. The entire page will be loaded to display the zoomed time range. When zoomed in, a button is displayed that lets the user zoom out.

  • A chart of Activity Types. To obtain activity history data by activity type, click on corresponding x-axis label link.

  • A chart of Activity on Entity Types. To obtain activity history data by entity type, click on corresponding x-axis label link.

  • A list of the All Activity data

The *All Activity* table shows the following information:

  • The time an entity was accessed including the year, month, day, and time of the last access.

  • The user that accessed the entity with a link to the User information.

  • The activity the user performed. Supported types are:

    • Change Group Ownership - Group Ownership is of file or folder is changed. For more details about group ownership please see this link.

    • Change Owner - Ownership of file or folder is changed to another user.

    • Change Permission - File or folder permission is changed.

    • Create - Create file or folder.

    • Delete - Delete file or folder. If a folder is deleted, delete events are obtained for all the files in that folder and subfolders.

    • Read - File is read.

    • Read Metadata - Only on enabling folder monitoring option. Will be generated on opening a folder on Windows or Running “ls” inside a folder in Linux.

    • Rename - Rename file or folder.

    • Write - Data is written to a file.

    • Write Metadata - File metadata is written, for example, permission changed.

    • Other Change - Any other event which are not described above. All unmapped events are mapped to “Other Change” activity type. Applicable to files and folders.

  • The Path to the entity with a link to the Entity Detail Data

  • The Entity Type, including entity (i.e. file) extension (.doc, .docx, .tmp, etc.)

  • The Device where the entities reside

  • The Protocol used to fetch events.

Filtering Forensic Activity History Data

There are two methods you can use to filter data.

  1. Hover over the field in the table and click the filter icon that appears. The value is added to the appropriate filters in the top Filter By list.

  2. Filter data by typing in the Filter By field:

    Select the appropriate filter from the top ‘Filter By’ widget by clicking the [+] button:

    Entity Filer

    Enter the search text

    Press Enter or click outside of the filter box to apply the filter.

You can filter Forensic Activity data by the following fields:

  • The Activity type.

  • Source IP from which the entity was accessed. You must provide a valid source IP address in double quotes, for example “10.1.1.1.”. Incomplete IPs such as “10.1.1.”, “10.1..*”, etc. will not work.

  • Protocol to fetch protocol-specific activities.

  • Noise Reduction to filter activities on temporary files which are generated as part of the normal operating process. If noise reduction is enabled, temporary files of extension .tmp, .ldb, .laccdb, .$db etc. are filtered.

  • Username of the user performing the activity. You need to provide the exact Username to filter. Search with partial username, or partial username prefixed or suffixed with ‘*’ will not work.

The following fields are subject to special filtering rules:

  • Entity Type, using entity (file) extension

  • Path of the entity

  • User performing the activity

  • Device (SVM) where entities reside

  • Volume where entities reside

The preceding fields are subject to the following when filtering:

  • Exact value should be within quotes: Example: "searchtext"

  • Wildcard strings must contain no quotes: Example: searchtext, *searchtext*, will filter for any strings containing ‘searchtext’.

  • String with a prefix, Example: searchtext* , will search any strings which start with ‘searchtext’.

Sorting Forensic Activity History Data

You can sort activity history data by Time, User, Source IP, Activity, Path and Entity Type. By default, the table is sorted by descending Time order, meaning the latest data will be displayed first. Sorting is disabled for Device and Protocol fields.

Exporting All Activity

You can export the activity history to a .CSV file by clicking the Export button above the Activity History table. Note that only the top 10,000 records are exported.

Activity History Retention

Activity history is retained for 13 months for active Cloud Secure environments.

Troubleshooting

Problem

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In the “All Activities” table, under the ‘User’ column, the user name is shown as:
“ldap:HQ.COMPANYNAME.COM:S-1-5-21-3577637-1906459482-1437260136-1831817”

Possible reasons could be:
1. No User Directory Collectors have been configured yet. Please go to Admin > Data Collectors > User Directory Collectors.
2. A User Directory Collector has been configured, however it has stopped or is in error state. Please go to Admin > Data Collectors > User Directory Collectors and check the status. Refer to the User Directory Collector troubleshooting section of the documentation for troubleshooting tips.
After configuring properly, the name will get automatically resolved within 24 hours.
If it still does not get resolved, check if you have added the correct User Data Collector. Make sure that the user is indeed part of the added Active Directory.