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Risks & Warnings Report

This article will focus on the Risks & Warnings Report. NP-View uses reports to present network information related to the open workspace.  These reports are available to all users and can be accessed from the main menu. For more information visit the Workspace Reports Overview article.


Risks & Warnings

The Risks & Warnings Report can be accessed in two ways. Each way presents a different data set.
  1. From the main menu, the table will populate the table with all Risks & Warnings for all devices in the current view.
  2. From the topology, when clicking a Firewall/ Router/ Switch – its info panel will open – and the user can select Risks Or Warnings from the Data for this Device section.
    1. Only the Risks & Warnings for the selected device in the current view will be displayed in this case.
  *main menu  *info panel  

Risks & Warnings – Defined

Risk and Warnings are messages generated using Policies and Requirements, located in the Policy Manager (found on the main menu).  These messages are triggered when certain criteria are met in Policies or Requirements. These messages are a way of automatically detecting and notifying users of risky or problematic situations on your network. NP-View provides sets of default Policies and Requirements that are automatically assigned to all devices when they are imported, and run when network device configuration changes are identified.  

What Data is Present?

The list below the image details the data types available in the Risks and Warnings Report.   When a potential risk or warning is identified, it will be logged logged in the Risks and Warnings report with a time and date stamp. Every potential risk is assigned and listed with
  • “type”
    • Risk or Warning
  • Criticality
    • High, Medium, Low
    • based on the active policies in the Policy manager
  • Device name
  • Description of the risk
  • Listed with the status
  • New, Confirmed, Resolved, False Positive, Will Not Fix or Fixed
    • status definitions below

Risk & Warning Status and Life Cycle

For new risks or warnings, the expectation is that the user will
  1. Review each item
  2. Determine if the issue needs to be addressed
  3. Then manually change the action status accordingly
  Status Definitions:
  • new
  • confirmed: new risks or warnings that are acknowledged by the user as a valid problem to address
  • resolved: risks or warnings that are closed because the problem has been addressed
  • false positive: risks or warnings that are closed because they are not a valid problem to address
  • will not fix: risks or warnings that are closed because it was decided to not address them
  Example: Upon subsequent network updates, the system will adjust the status if required. For example:
  • If the user marks a risk as Resolved and on the next network update the risk is still identified, the status will automatically be changed to Confirmed.
  • If upon the next network update the risk is no longer identified, the status will be changed to Fixed.
  • Fixed items are removed from the list after a period of 7 days.
  • Time: (RISKWARNING_TIMESTAMP) Date and Time the potential risk was identified:
  • Type: (RISKWARNING_TYPE) Risk or Warning.
  • Criticality: (RISKWARNING_CRITICALITY) High, Medium or low as defined by the identifying policy and requirements.
  • Workspace: (RISKWARNING_WORKSPACE) Name of the workspace containing the potential risk or warning.
  • Device: (RISKWARNING_DEVICE) Name of the device containing the potential risk or warning.
  • Description: (RISKWARNING_DESCRIPTION) Description of the potential risk or warning.
  • Status: (RISKWARNING_STATUA) Current status as defined above.
  • Action: Action options as defined above.
  • + Comment: Drop down for user entered comments (or justification) and criticality levels (low, medium, high).
  • Comment Count: Label less column that indicates the number of comments available for each asset
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