USM Anywhere™

AlienApp for DDI Frontline VM Asset Discovery and Management

The AlienApp for DDI Frontline VM features powerful vulnerability assessment capabilities than can be paired with USM Anywhere for extended security management. When you configure the app in USM Anywhere, you have the option to allow Digital Defense Incorporated (DDI) Frontline Vulnerability Manager (VM) to create assets that are discovered in scans, as well as merge the asset information provided from the DDI Frontline VM scan with the existing asset information in USM Anywhere.

Asset Creation from AlienApp for DDI Frontline VM

When DDI Frontline VM runs a scan, it identifies all assets in the scan and assigns them an individual DDI Frontline VM identifier (ID). These assets can be added to USM anywhere by selecting the Allow Asset Creation checkbox in app's configuration menu. Assets created from a DDI Frontline VM scan will include the DDI network profile ID, DDI NetBios smartname, and the DDI Domain Name System (DNS) smartname in the asset details.

Duplicate Asset Merge

Assets discovered in DDI Frontline VM scans may duplicate the assets already discovered in USM Anywhere. When you select the Merge Duplicate Assets checkbox in the DDI Frontline VM configuration menu, USM Anywhere will merge the information from the DDI Frontline VM scan with the existing asset. Assets are matched by comparing the unique DDI ID, MAC address, IP address, and host name from the DDI Frontline VM scan with the same asset details in USM Anywhere.

Manual Asset Merge

If the Merge Duplicate Assets checkbox in the DDI Frontline VM configuration menu isn't checked, USM Anywhere will keep a record of the assets that match one another. These assets are contained in the Merge Asset tab in the AlienApp for DDI Frontline VM page.

To review these duplicate assets, click the Merge Asset tab and click Review next to the asset in the list. From here, you can respond to the asset discrepancy with one of the following actions:

  • Reject: Cancel the match without creating a new asset or merging it with an existing asset, effectively ignoring the new asset discovered in the DDI Frontline VM scan.
  • Create New Asset: Create an asset in USM Anywhere based on the information from the DDI Frontline VM scan.
  • Merge: Merge the information from the DDI Frontline VM scan with the matching asset details in USM Anywhere.
  • Manually Match: Choose the matching asset manually.

Once you have selected a response to the asset review, the status of your choice is reflected in the table of assets in the Merge Asset tab.

Asset Split

A USM Anywhere asset that has been merged with a DDI Frontline VM asset profile can be split back into two separate assets after they have been merged.

To split a merged asset

  1. Go to Environment > Assets.
  2. Locate the asset you want to split and click the button next to the asset, and then click Full Details.

  3. In the full asset view window, click Split Asset in the Asset Discovery section.

    A window displays showing the existing asset and the new asset that will be created once the two are split.

  4. Click Split Asset to undo the asset merge and create a separate, new asset.