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SMT Endpoint Compliance

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SMT Endpoint Compliance is a Splunk security app that helps you score your IT landscape in order to drive compliance up and run risks down.

Included in the app are technology add-ons that can be deployed to your windows and linux endpoints. These TA's contain (power)shell-codified versions of the CIS benchmarks for the various version of Linux and Windows that are most dominant now. Don't want to use the CIS benchmarks? No Problem! The TA also contains a custom-built testrunner framework that will efficiently execute hundreds of tests that match your security policy on each endpoint at a configurable interval and send the results back to Splunk via the HEC. Because of this, the use of a Universal Forwarder is optional and allows for the retrieval of compliance data from architectures for which Splunk has no Universal Forwarder available or when you can't install Universal Forwarders in the first place.

The app itself contains dashboards to help hunt down the most non-compliant endpoints and offers remediation options per failure. The general overview dashboard shows the overall compliance score across your entire landscape and all test suites. Drilling down into the specifics gives more insight into specific test suites and eventually a specific endpoints and test. All tests come with rationalisations and remediation steps based on the specific reason a test failed. Do you think that certain tests are more important than others? Use the built-in risk framework to value certain tests higher than others or use the risk framework to disable to scoring of certain tests if you consider them an accepted risk.

Use SEC as:
- a CISO to see if your security policy standards are met and if you are on track to meet compliance goals in the future.
- an IT Auditor to quickly validate company compliance standards in real-time, easy to use dashboards.
- a SOC analist to spot mutations in risk scores for suspicious endpoints during security investigations.
- a SecOps engineer to constantly improve the compliance score and drive down risk in the most efficient way possible.

SMT Endpoint Compliance

The app contains detailed installation instructions. We can provide installation support tailored to your needs if needed.

This app consists of:
- Technology Addon for Universal Forwarders (TA)
- Technology Addon for Indexers (TA)
- Supporting Addon for search head(s) (SA)

If you run in a distributed environment, The UF TA's should be deployed to the Universal Forwarders, preferably via the Deployment server. The indexer TA's can be installed on the indexers by hand, a cluster master or a deployment server. The Supporting addons should go on the search heads manually or via the deployer if you run a SHC.

The UF TA's on your endpoints execute the actual test suites and forward their results via the testrunner framework in a HEC-compatible format to a Splunk HEC endpoint. The Indexer TA's have a sample configuration for such an endpoint. If you already have infrastructure for a HEC endpoint, you can configure the testrunner to use that instead.

If you want to monitor endpoints that don't (or can't) run a Universal Forwarder then you can deploy the UF TA's via other means such as Ansible or Puppet. By executing the testrunner binary via something like cron, the test suites will be executed and the results will still be sent to the HEC endpoint, even though there's no UF installed.

The testrunner framework is open and will execute any test suite that you deploy alongside the UF TA's so it's easy to expand the existing test suites and even add completely new ones. Although this app is meant for endpoint compliance, it's easy to expand the scope to things such as ITSI metrics and other business data.

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