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Importing and Exporting Data

Importing Primary Data

Once a workspace is created, the user can begin importing configuration files from Firewalls, Routers and Switches.  To start the process, the user can drag and drop the files onto the topology map area or use the +import -> Manual Import workflow.  One or more supported configuration files can be loaded at one time. Once the files are selected, the user can review the files for accuracy, clicking the x to remove one or more devices and then clicking the Import button to begin the process.

Files from supported Network management Systems can also be imported.  Once the Import button is selected, a list of included devices will be provided for selection. Once the list of files is selected, clicking the Import button again will begin the upload and import process.

Note that device licenses are applied upon first import.  As the files are loaded, the available license count is decremented and the device is tracked across all workspaces.  See the licensing section for more details.

NP-View can also be configured to automatically retrieve files from  devices, network management systems and file shares on a schedule.  See the Connectors section for more information.

Initial data processing can take some time depending on the quantity and size of the files imported.  A status of the importing files will be displayed on the import menu and an indicator of the number of background processes running for all users will appear next to your user name in the upper right corner. Upon completion of processing, the Home view will be displayed.


Importing Auxiliary Data

Once the relevant configuration files (priority 1) are loaded, the user can choose to add auxiliary data to enrich and augment the analysis and topology visibility. As multiple files can have similar data, we have implemented a data loading precedence to facilitate data enrichment and prioritization.

File Types
How Used
Supported Products
2 nmap, nessus, nexpose, qualys CVE info (ID, severity, Exploitability, Remediation suggestion) Enrichment & Change Tracking Professional & Enterprise
3 nmap, nessus, nexpose, qualys Host Discovery (IP, HW Address, status), OS and Services Enrichment & Change Tracking Professional & Enterprise
4 netstat Host Discovery (IP, status), OS and Services Enrichment & Change Tracking Professional &Enterprise
5 ARP MAC Address, Host Enrichment & Change Tracking Professional & Enterprise
6 hosts (user created) Text (IP / Hostname) Enrichment & Change Tracking All
7 Wireshark Network Traffic (PCAP) Enrichment Enterprise


Exporting Table Report Data

The entire Access rule and Object group table and its contents can be exported to a excel format. The export will only contain the visible columns and available comments. It is recommended that at least one rule be manually filled in with comments before export to fully populate the template otherwise comment columns will be missing.

One the download starts, a warning message will be displayed.

Click ‘Yes’ and then save the file as ‘RuleTable.xlsx’ or ‘ObjectTable.xlsx’
The naming of the file is critical to uploading of correct data.

  • The file name must end with ‘RuleTable.xlsx’ or ‘ObjectTable.xlsx’
  • For example: Halloween_RuleTable.xlsx or christmas_ObjectTable.xlsx are valid names
  • RuleTable_a.xlsx, RuleTabl.xls.xlsx, or ObjectTable (1).xlsx are not valid names

The file will contain all of the table columns plus multiple columns of data for each comment.

  • Field are free form text.
  • The user can add additional comment fields (see below) or make updates to an existing comment field which will be treated as a new record.
  • Updates to all other fields will be ignored.
  • Unchanged fields are ignored on import.
  • Clearing data from a cell will result in the associated data being cleared from the application.


Enriching Table Report Data

As part of the audit process, Comments can be added to Access Rules and Object groups as discussed here. Once the primary and secondary data is loaded, the user may want to bulk load justification data into the Access Rules and Object Groups tables.

Access Rules

The access rules export will contain four columns of data for each comment as below.

  • The commentDate field contains the date of last change.  Upon import, this field will be automatically populated with the current date if a change has been detected.  Manual inputs into this field will be ignored.
  • commentCriticality choices are ‘OK’, ‘To Revise’, ‘To Review’ or can be left blank.
  • commentText field contains the user entered text.  If cleared or left blank, the comment will be removed.
  • The commentAuthor field contains the user if of the last change.  Upon import, this field will be automatically populated with the current userid.  Manual inputs into this field will be ignored.

Additional comments can be added by copying the column headers to new columns and adding 1 to the training number. For example:

Object Groups

The Object groups export will work the same as the Access rules except the Criticality column will accept ‘Low’, ‘Medium’, ‘High’ or can be left blank.


Importing Table Report Data

Once the file is updated and saved, the user can click the import button to be taken to the +Import function or simply drag and drop the file into the workspace for upload.


Only fields that have been added or changed will be imported and a time stamp will be applied. The results will be viewable in the modal report after processing is complete and the report has been refreshed.

Administrator and Workspace Admin's can import a previously saved project file from NP-View Gen I (Java). The user can drag and drop the project file on to the workspace page or into an open workspace. If the user loads a project file into an existing workspace, the workspace contents will be replaced with the contents of the project file. If the user loads the project file onto the workspaces page, it will be processed as if it is a new workspace and request name and compliance type. When a project file is imported, complete end-to-end processing of the data is required and may take several minutes for the topology to render. The topology, zones and comments from a NP-View Gen I project will be imported into NP-View.  Workspaces exported from NP-View cannot be opened in NP-View Gen I.

Tip: one or more saved workspace or NP-View Gen I projects can be dropped onto the workspaces page.  A new workspace will be created with the name of the file and the information loaded into the new workspace.

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