Generating an XDR Investigations Report

This article describes how to generate Cato XDR Investigations reports that highlight XDR story investigations, summarize data for security events, and present insights about your account's overall security posture.

Note

Note: Cato is gradually enabling the Scheduled reports feature on accounts over a period of several weeks. It is possible that Scheduled reports may not be available in the Cato Management Application for your account.

Overview

Cato provides Predefined Report templates that summarize data related to the XDR stories investigated for your account. This lets you generate an XDR report that presents an overview of all story investigations, as well as breakdowns that focus on the most important ones, such as for malicious and suspicious stories.

Create the template for the Scheduled or One-Time report and define the report time range. By default, the Predefined Report template for the XDR Investigations report shows story data for the past week.

For more about working with Predefined Reports, see Cato Reports.

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Known Limitations

XDR Investigations reports do not support filtering by sites or SDP users. If any filters are configured, they will not be expressed in the report and it will show data for all sites and SDP users.

Creating a Scheduled XDR Investigations Report

Create a new Scheduled report and define the Report Schedule which defines how often the report is generated - daily, weekly, or monthly. Generated reports are stored in the Cato Cloud, and they can be automatically emailed or downloaded. The Report Schedule also defines the time range that is covered by each report. The time range starts on 00:00 UTC (inclusive) at the start of each period, and ends on 00:00 UTC (non-inclusive) at the end of the period.

You can select the Mailing List of email addresses for the recipients, the list can include Cato Management Application admins and external users.

For more information about Mailing Lists, see Working with Mailing Lists.

To create a scheduled XDR Investigations report:

  1. From the navigation pane, select Monitoring > Reports.

  2. From the Predefined Reports tab, click New > Scheduled report. The Scheduled Report panel opens.

  3. Enter the Report Name for the Predefined Report.

  4. In Type, select XDR Investigations.

  5. In Report Schedule, configure these settings:

    1. Select the Frequency that the report is automatically sent: Daily, Weekly, or Monthly.

    2. For Weekly and Monthly Scheduled reports, in Every select the day that the report is sent.

  6. In Subscriptions, select the Mailing List that receives the report.

    You can click New to create a new mailing list.

  7. Click Save. The report template is added to the Predefined Reports tab.

Manually Generating a Scheduled Report

A new Scheduled report is generated based on the Report Schedule settings. For example, a weekly report configured for Monday, is generated every Monday. You can also choose to manually generate a Predefined Report, and the generated report uses the same time range based on the current day. If an admin manually generates a weekly report on a Tuesday, the time range for the report is the previous 7 days starting from that Tuesday, regardless of the starting day of the Scheduled report.

To manually generate a Scheduled report:

  1. From the navigation pane, select Monitoring > Reports.

  2. From the Predefined Reports tab, find the Scheduled report and click Generate.

  3. From the Generated Reports tab, find the report and click Download.

Creating a One-Time XDR Investigations Report

Create a new One-time report template, and define the Time Range that the report covers.

To create a One-Time XDR Investigations report:

  1. From the navigation pane, select Monitoring > Reports.

  2. From the Predefined Reports tab, click New > One-time report. The One-time report panel opens.

  3. Enter the Report Name for the Predefined Report.

  4. In Type, select XDR Investigations.

  5. Select the Time Range of the report.

    For a Custom range, select start date (From) and the end date (To) for the Predefined Report.

    The time range dates follow UTC.

  6. Click Save. The report template is added to the Predefined Reports tab.

    You can also click Save & Generate, and then the report is generated and you can download it from the Generated Reports tab.

    For more about generating reports, see Cato Reports.

Understanding the XDR Investigations Report

These are the sections in the XDR Investigations report:

  • Executive Overview

    • Overall totals of events and stories for the selected time range, including:

      • All Events: The total number of events for the account

      • Security Events: The number of events generated by the Cato security engines enabled for the account

      • Investigated Stories: The total number of Detection & Response stories that were investigated and given a verdict in the Stories Workbench

      • Suspicious and Malicious Stories: The number of stories that were investigated and given a verdict of Suspicious or Malicious in the Stories Workbench

    • Investigated Stories by Verdict: Breakdown by verdict of all investigated stories

    • Investigated Stories Over Time: Graph showing the amount of investigated stories over time, including a breakdown by the threat type (for example: Suspicious Activity, Reputation, Policy Violation, Malware)

  • Malicious and Suspicious Stories

    Shows information about stories that received a verdict of Malicious or Suspicious, including:

    • Malicious & Suspicious Stories by Threat Type: Number of Malicious or Suspicious stories according to the type of threat (for example, Suspicious Activity, Reputation, Policy Violation, Malware)

    • Malicious & Suspicious Stories by Site: Number of Malicious or Suspicious stories according to site with the traffic that generated the story

    • Malicious Stories by Severity: Chart showing number of Malicious stories by severity (High, Medium, Low)

    • Malicious & Suspicious Stories by Location: Graph showing Number of Malicious or Suspicious stories according to location of the threat. Locations are based on the targets and sources in the story, and therefore one story can have multiple threat locations.

  • General Security Posture

    • Top Blocked Applications Internet Firewall: Top applications blocked by the Internet Firewall with the hit count

    • Top Blocked Categories Internet Firewall: Top categories blocked by the Internet Firewall with the hit count

    • Top Blocked Applications WAN Firewall: Top applications blocked by the WAN Firewall with the hit count

    • Top Blocked Categories WAN Firewall: Top categories blocked by the WAN Firewall with the hit count

    • IPS Events by Risk Level: Chart showing breakdown of IPS block events by risk level

    • Anti-Malware Block Events Graph showing all the block events for the Anti-Malware service over the time range of the report

  • Investigation Audit

    This section lets you quickly review all the XDR story investigations that reached a verdict during the report time range. The information in the audit table reflects the state of the investigations at the time the report was generated.

    These are the table columns:

    • Link to Story: Click to open the drill-down page for the story in the Stories Workbench

    • Creation Date: Date the story was created

    • Indication: Indicator of attack for the story. For more about Indications, see Using the Indications Catalog

    • Type: The XDR engine that created the story.

    • Classification of the threat type. For example: Suspicious Target, C&C, Suspicious Browser Extension, Scanner

    • Verdict for the story as determined by analyst

    • Severity of the story as determined by an analyst (possible values: Low, Medium, High)

    • Site: The site on your network with the traffic that generated the story.

    • Source: IP address, name of device, or SDP user on your network involved in the story

    • Status: The status of the story investigation. Possible values include: Open, Closed, Pending more info (including number of days pending)

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