Auditor Help: Documentation Reports

Report definitions are like templates, they create the structure of the report, but do not contain the actual content from your environment. Each Ecora product comes with a collection of built-in report definitions designed by systems engineers to solve common problems or project needs. While these report definitions cannot be deleted, they can be used as the basis for custom reports you need. If, for example, the security report contains 90% of the information you would like, it would be far quicker to copy and edit the existing security report definition than to start a new report definition from scratch.

Warning Warning: None of the reports can provide a thorough analysis if you do not document ALL systems in your infrastructure. A security report, for example, will necessarily have "blind spots" where systems that are not documented may have vulnerabilities.

Reference For reports that query the database, see Fact-Finding Reports.

Create a New Report Definition

To create a new report definition:

  1. Choose Edit... Documentation Report Definitions....
  2. Click the New... button.
  3. Follow the instructions for Editing a Report Definition below.

Copy a Documentation Report Definition

To copy a report definition to create a new report definition:

  1. Choose Edit... Documentation Report Definitions... or click on the Customize... button in the New Report dialog box in the generate report process.
  2. Select the report definition on which to base your new report definition.
  3. Click Copy.
  4. Scroll up or down until you locate the new "copy of..." report definition.
  5. Select the new report and click Edit....
  6. Follow the instructions for Editing a Report Definition below.

Edit a Documentation Report Definition

Note! Note: Report definitions included with the product cannot be deleted or edited. They can be copied then edited, but not changed and saved with the same name.

To edit a report definition:

  1. Choose Edit... Documentation Report Definitions... (or click on the Customize... button in the New Report dialog box in the generate report process).
  2. Select the report definition to edit (default reports cannot be edited).
  3. Click Edit....
  4. Verify or change the tab according to the data you wish to include (OS includes Windows and Unix, DB includes Oracle and MS-SQL, Web includes IIS, Messaging includes Exchange and Lotus Domino, and Network includes Cisco routers and L3 switches).
  5. Use the left-hand pane to navigate to and expand the general information you wish to include.
  6. Use the center pane to select the settings to include.
  7. Use -> button to move a selected item into the Selected pane and report tree (or use ==> to select all attributes currently in the center pane). (Use -< button to remove an item from the Selected pane or <== to remove all attributes currently in the Selected pane.)
  8. When you are satisfied with your selections, click Finish.
  9. Enter a name for the report definition.
  10. Enter a description for the report definition.
  11. Click OK.
  12. To use the new report definition, follow the instructions to Generate a Report and select the new report definition name.