Running a compliance scan

Introduction

The compliance assessment is a useful tool for identifying flaws in the configuration of your systems. The data produced by the assessment is a little complex, but it essentially lists the issues found with a helpful severity rating, along with technical information on how to remedy each issue. This feature requires a significant level of technical expertise.

Running a compliance assessment

Compliance scans are remotely initiated tasks, which means you'll need to open the device view and create a compliance scan task. They take between 15 and 40 minutes to complete, depending on the computer's speed and available resources. The computer will need to remain on for the duration of the assessment but does not need to maintain a stable internet connection. 

  1. Log in to the dashboard
  2. Browse to a device you wish to run the assessment on
  3. To the right of the device name, hover over 'Tasks'
  4. Select 'Start compliance assessment'
  5. You will see confirmation that the task was created
  6. Wait for the assessment to complete, you can monitor this in the task sidebar. Open the task sidebar to view the task. The button for this can be found at the top right corner of your screen:
  7. You can also monitor the assessment's progress on the tasks list view: https://app.nodepatrol.com/app/tasks/list/all
  8. If you can see a Process ID in the task, this means the assessment has started on the remote device
  9. Finally, you may also monitor the progress of the assessment on the compliance scans list (https://app.nodepatrol.com/app/security/compliance_scans/all) 
  10. Once the assessment is complete, navigate to the compliance assessment report. There are a few ways you can do this:
    1. Via the compliance assessments list (https://app.nodepatrol.com/app/security/compliance_scans/all)
    2. Using the link in the task completion email
    3. Via the task sidebar
  11. You may now review the assessment results which are ordered by severity by default (highest first)

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