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Managing security threats using the Security Analyst Workspace

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Managing security threats using the Security Analyst Workspace

Security Incident Response includes a new user interface called the Security Analyst Workspace that features powerful analysis tools, including the playbook, peek view, and tabs for working on multiple security incidents.

Purpose-built for security analysts, the powerful tools in the Security Analyst Workspace allow you to analyze the ever-growing volume of data associated with security incidents. And automated actions significantly reduce the security incident investigation time, which can be the difference between stopping an attack and suffering a breach.

Before using the Security Analyst Workspace

Before you can begin using the Security Analyst Workspace, you must ensure that your instance has at least London Patch 3 installed, you have the correct roles defined, and have downloaded the Security Incident Response UI application from the ServiceNow Store.
Note: If your instance is running a version earlier than London Patch 3, you must request the Security Incident Response UI plugin (com.app_secops_ui) through the HI Customer Service system.

Access the Security Analyst Workspace

To access this new workspace, navigate to Security Incident > Incidents (New UI).

Security Incident navigation bar

The workspace opens in a separate browser tab.

Security Incidents assigned to me
Note: This screen shows up to six quick filters.

Locate the security incidents you want to analyze with Quick Filters

The Security Analyst Workspace provides several tools for filtering the list of security incidents so you can quickly find the security incidents you want to analyze. The Quick Filters let you select a subset of the security incidents based on criteria in the filter.
Quick filters

Simply click the quick filter you want to use.

Note: You can click an Edit button to identify which quick filters you want displayed on the list screen. A minimum of one filter must be selected, up to a maximum of six.

You can define additional quick filters, as well as primary filters for the Security Analyst Workspace, using the Classic UI. For more information, see ../task/set-up-filters-for-new-ui.html.

Personalize the security incident list

As with all lists in your ServiceNow instance, the Security Analyst Workspace provides tools for personalizing the list and sorting the information displayed to meet your analysis needs.
Filtering options

Save time with Peek view

Before opening a security incident record, you can save time using the Peek view. This feature allows you to quickly locate vital security artifacts without having to reload the entire page. Simply click the > icon to the left of a security incident number to take a peek.

Peek view
The peek view provides a snapshot of vital information in a single view. This view can save valuable time when you are working with multiple incidents. You can click the down arrows on certain fields to make on-the-fly updates, such as assigning an assignment group or a specific analyst.
Peek details

Perform quick actions on a security incident

After you have selected and opened a specific security incident, you can perform time-saving actions on the record.
  • If you security incident is open, click the Edit Record icon to make quick changes to any of its fields. If the record is closed, you can change only its tag.
  • Click Manage Attachments to attach files to the security incident. You can also download or remove attached files and edit the encryption applied to the attachments.
  • Click Compose Email to send a quick email to a colleague. Emails can be free-form, or you can send canned emails selected from a list of templates. Emails sent and replies received are captured in the Incident Timeline.
  • Click More to view a quick snapshot of the security incident, such as the description, business impact, and priority. You can also click the down-arrow in the Assignment group and Assigned to fields to make on-the-fly changes to those fields.
Quick actions

Work with multiple security incidents

The tabbed interface allows you to keep several security incidents open simultaneously so you can switch between them with a single click. This interface can save time and allow you to see the big picture when threats from multiple sources are identified.
Working with multiple security incidents

View analysis information in the security incident tabs

When you open a security incident record, three tabs are shown:
  • Overview
  • Explore
  • Incident Timeline

Overview tab

Use the Overview tab to view information in a security incident in a single location. No need to open another application or console.
Overiew tab
The tiles that are displayed on the Overview tab are customizable. You can collapse and expand them as needed, and you can move them around by dragging the Grip icon. Click the More options icon to delete a tile or change its heading text.
Getting around the Overview tab.

Explore tab

Configure the tiles displayed on the Overview tab using the Explore tab. Simply select the tiles you want to view from the left-hand pane, and click the Pin icon. Pinned tiles automatically appear in the Overview tab.
Pin to Overview
The left-hand pane of the Explore tab includes a wide variety of information that you can display on the Overview tab. For example, expand Observables to display these related lists.
  • Observables
  • Threat Lookup Results
  • Security Scan Results
  • Domain Lookups
  • Observable Enrichment

Additional related lists are available under Users, Configuration Items, and Incidents.

Incident Timeline tab

Use the Incident Timeline tab during your investigation for tracking purposes. Every time an action is performed on a security incident, the system records it in the Incident Timeline.
  • You can also manually add worknotes to the timeline by typing them in the Add work notes box and clicking Post.
  • You can search for a specific timeline activity using the Search box.
  • The Filter Activity icon allows you to display only the types of timeline activity you want to see (for example, only incidents created by a specific analyst).
  • You can add or remove the Incident Timeline from the Overview tab using the Pin/Unpin icon.
Incident Timeline

Handle security incidents using the Playbook

Resolve certain types of security threats in a step-by-step manner using the built-in Security Analyst Playbooks. For example, an analyst can use the playbook to resolve phishing attacks and threats caused by malicious code activities. For more information, see Resolve security threats with the playbook.