USM Anywhere™

Alarms List View

Role Availability Read-Only Analyst Manager

AlienVault USM Anywhere provides a centralized view of your alarmsAlarms provide notification of an event or sequence of events that require attention or investigation.. To view your alarms, go to Activity > Alarms.

Note: You can watch the Conducting Security Analysis with AT&T Cybersecurity USM Anywhere customer training webcast on-demand to learn how to leverage USM Anywhere to perform security analyst duties.

The Alarms page displays information on alarms. These are the different parts of the Alarms page:

  • On the left of the page are the search and filters options. Use filters to delimit your search.
  • At the top of the page, you can see any filters you have applied, and you have the option to create and select different views of the alarms.
  • The main part of the page is the list of alarms, where each row describes an individual alarm. Click an alarm to open a summary view. See Viewing Alarm Details for more information. Each individual alarm includes a check box that you can use to select it. You can select all alarms in the same page by clicking the check box in the first column of the header row. You can also select all the alarms in the system. See Selecting Alarms in Alarm List View for more information.

Important: An alarm is created when USM Anywhere receives the event, which may appear later than the time when the event was created. You can verify by comparing the Time Created and Time Received field of an event.

Refreshing the page

USM Anywhere gives you the option of refreshing the page automatically in a period of time that you can configure.

You can configure a period of time for refreshing the data on the Alarm page. See Managing Your Profile Settings for more information.

Following the name of the view, you can click the icon to stop the auto-refresh countdown and refresh the page manually.

There is an auto-refresh countdown that refreshes the page at a regular interval. The number inside the blue circle indicates the remaining time until the next refresh. See Managing Your Profile Settings to configure this interval.

Auto-refresh in the Alarms page

Alarm Summary Graph

The section above the page includes a bubble graph that provides a graphical representation of alarms by intent. Blue circles indicate the number of times that an alarm in an intent showed. A bigger circle indicates a higher number of alarms. You can hover over each of the circles to get the actual number of different types of intent. In addition, if you click any of the blue circles, USM Anywhere displays only the alarms corresponding to that circle. You can change the displayed period of time by clicking the Last 24 Hours filter.

Alarms graphed by intent are sorted into five different categories, which are represented by the graphic icons in the display:

If you want to analyze the data and see the additional columns without having to scroll left and right, you can maximize the screen and hide the filter pane. Click the icon to hide the filter pane. Click the icon to expand the filter pane.

Alarm Summary Graph

Use the icon to change the alarms view, which is by default Alarms by Intent.

Line Chart Icon

The icon accesses these options:

  • Alarms by Intent: This view is a bubble graph that provides a graphical representation of alarms by intent.
  • Count / Time: The Count/Time view is a graph that provides a graphical representation of the number of alarms in a period of time.
  • Important: The period of time is mapped with the timestamp_occurred field. This field can be overwritten by the current sensor UTC timestamp if, when processing events, a delay is detected up to 15 minutes or the timestamp_occurred field is not provided.

  • MITRE ATT&CK: The MITRE ATT&CK (Adversarial Tactics, Techniques, and Common Knowledge) is a framework for understanding attackers' behaviors and actions.
  • Alarm Strategies by Intent: This view is a table that provides a representation of alarms strategies by intent.


USM Anywhere and AT&T Alien Labs™ Open Threat Exchange® (OTX™) include MITRE ATT&CK information. The alarms view incorporates a table with tactics and techniques to describe adversarial actions and behaviors. Techniques are specific actions an attacker might take and tactics are phases of attacker behavior. This view includes the alarms mapping to their corresponding ATT&CK techniques and helps you to understand the context and the scope of an attack. See MITRE ATT&CK for more information.

The MITRE&CK™ alarm view

The headers of the table are the 11 ATT&CK tactics, and each tactic has numerous techniques, which are the rows. The tooltips match the identification (ID) technique provided by MITRE ATT&CK. Some techniques display in several tactics. If you click in one of the techniques, the specific filters are added and the list shows the result.

Applied filters in the MITTRE ATT&CK™ alarm view

USM Anywhere includes MITRE ATT&CK Dashboard to display MITRE ATT&CK information.

The Alarm Strategies by Intent view displays a table that lists the purposes of the alarm. The table headers represent the intent of the alarms. The table rows display the strategies.

Alarm Strategies by Intent