AlienVault® USM Anywhere™

Searching Console User Events

Role Availability Read-Only Analyst   Manager

USM Anywhere includes several filters displayed by default. These filters enable you to search for your items of interest. You can either filter your search, or enter what you are looking for in the search field, which is in the upper-left corner of the page.

Note: The management of filters is similar to that for assets. See Managing Filters for more information.

This table includes the filters displayed by default in the main page of the Console User Events page.

Filters Displayed by Default in the Main Console User Events Page
Filter Name Meaning
Created during Filter system eventsAny traffic or data exchange detected by AT&T Cybersecurity products through a sensor, or through external devices such as a firewall. triggered in the last hour, last 24 hours, last 7 days, last 30 days, or last 90 days. You can also configure your own period of time by clicking the Custom Range option (). This option enables you to customize a range. When you click the icon, a calendar opens. You can choose the first and last day to delimit your search by clicking the days on the calendar or entering the days directly. Then select the hours, minutes, and seconds by clicking the specific box. Finally, select AM or PM.
Event Name Filter system events by the short, user-readable description of the system event.
Username Email of the user who triggered the event.
Type Type of object,

The number between brackets displayed by each filter indicates the number of items that matches the filter. You can also use the filter controls to provide a method of organizing your search and filtered results. These are the icons next to each filter title:

Icons Next to the Filter Title
Sort the filters alphabetically.
Sort the filters by the number of items that matches them.

In the upper-left side of the page, you can see any filters you have applied. Remove filters by clicking the icon next to the filter. Or clear all filters by clicking Reset All Filters.

Selected Filter on the Console User Events Main Page

Note: When applying filters, the search uses the logical AND operator if the used filters are different. However, when the filter is of the same type, the search uses the logical OR.

Those filters that have more than ten options include a Filter Value search field for writing text and making the search easier.

USM Anywhere enables you to toggle the search mode. The available modes are standard and advanced. You can change from one mode to the other by clicking the icon or clicking the icon located in the upper-left corner of the page.

Standard Mode

This mode enables you to select one value per filter at the same time, and then the search is automatically performed. This mode is on by default.

To activate the standard mode when the advanced mode is on

  1. Go to Settings > Console User Events.
  2. In the upper-left corner of the page, click the icon.
  3. Note: If you exit the advanced mode and the selected filters are not compatible with the standard mode, a warning dialog box displays to inform you the current filters will be removed.

Advanced Mode

Advanced mode enables you to select more than one value per filter at the same time. This mode is off by default.

To activate the advanced mode

  1. Go to Settings > Console User Events.
  2. In the upper-left corner of the page, click the icon to activate the advanced mode. This turns the icon green.

To perform a search in the advanced mode

  1. Go to Settings > Console User Events.
  2. In the upper-left corner of the page, click the icon to activate the advanced mode. This turns the icon green.
  3. Click the filters that you want to select.
  4. In the lower-left corner of the page, click Apply Filters.
  5. The result of your search displays.

To search using the NOT operator

  1. Go to Settings > Console User Events.
  2. In the upper-left corner of the page, click the icon to activate the advanced mode.
  3. Click the filter that you want to exclude.
  4. In the filter group, click Not.
  5. Important: This operator is not available when you have selected the title.

    Note: The selected filter displays this icon and the filter chiclet is labeled in red.

To search all values of a filter

  1. Go to Settings > Console User Events.
  2. In the upper-left corner of the page, click the icon to activate the advanced mode.
  3. Select a filter title to select all filters below that title.

Searching Console User Events by Using the Search Field

To search Console User Events using the search field

  1. Go to Settings > Console User Events.
  2. Enter your query in the search field.
  3. If you want to search for an exact phrase having two or more words, you need to put quotation marks around the words in the phrase. This includes email addresses (for example, "bob@mycompany.com").

    Note: Keep in mind that wildcard characters are considered as literals.

  4. Click the icon.

Console User Events Search Field

The result of your search displays with the items identified.

Filter Console User Events by Username

USM Anywhere enables you to search your console user events by username. You have these options to filter events by that field:

  • From the Console User Events page by using the username filter
  • From the Users List page

To filter console user events by the username from the users list page

  1. Go to Settings > Users.
  2. Click the icon.
  3. User Lists option

  4. Select the option View account events.
  5. The console user events page opens displaying the events related to that username.

    Console User Events page filtered by username