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Going Beyond SCAP for Benchmark Compliance

Posted February 24, 2014    Morey Haber

SCAP configuration compliance assessments, commonly referred to as “Benchmark” assessments, are traditionally cumbersome tasks when multiple benchmarks have to be tested against multiple targets at the same time. For the vast majority of SCAP-certified tools, this means executing one benchmark at a time against a valid host(s) and reviewing the results. The same targets often require multiple benchmarks, necessitating multiple scans and jobs that can eat up a lot of time. We’ve solved this problem with the Configuration Compliance Module, part of the Retina CS Enterprise Vulnerability Management capabilities under the BeyondInsight IT Risk Management Platform.

The Configuration Compliance Module includes the capability to select multiple SCAP Benchmarks against multiple targets (i.e., “Smart Groups”) to assess each and every target for compliance. The results comply with SCAP standards for XCCDF, ARF, Micro AFR, and NIST ARF export per benchmark, even though all benchmark assessments occur simultaneously. For example, a user can select multiple benchmarks for a group of assets …

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… and then schedule the benchmark assessments to execute in succession – completely  hands free! Finally, when the job is done, the data can be exported into several report formats or viewed online:

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Benchmark assessments for configuration compliance just became a whole lot easier with BeyondInsight. Target groups can easily be defined, multiple benchmarks executed simultaneously, and the results exported after the scan to any format required for DIACAP, FISMA or NIST compliance.

BeyondTrust is simplifying configuration compliance, making it easier to meet standards and simpler to manage the security requirements you face on a daily basis. We would be happy to demonstrate how this can save you time and resources while helping to fulfill your compliance mandates.

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