Lumeta is a powerful solution that indexes a prodigious volume of data. Yet too much of a good thing—including information---can overwhelm. For this reason, Lumeta is designed to be configured incrementally.

Once the settings have been satisfactorily tuned and baselined for one zone of your network, that zone is explored using additional protocols, with additional discovery types, and with other options enabled, yielding a network that is increasingly known, analyzed, and understood by your organization. This approach brings Lumeta online in your environment deliberately, and uses it to generate result sets that are reasonably sized, digestible, and actionable.

Customer after customer has found that Lumeta tends to amplify the capabilities of other security systems running in their network. Ultimately, Lumeta helps customers to first achieve and then maintain the state of continuous network situational awareness.

Define scope

Lumeta Spectreis designed to be deployed incrementally, with a constrained discovery area gradually expanded in scope to encompass the whole of your network. This caps the volume of information generated to an amount that can be addressed reasonably by your troubleshooting teams. It also minimizes the amount of information you need to input to the system to get started.

Toward that end, the first deployment exercise is to identify critical core infrastructure. Consider selecting the backbone area (i.e., Area 0) of your OSPF network as the starting area for discovery.

Identify Critical Core Infrastructure
Your PSO technical consultant will ask you a series of questions to better understand your network. This preliminary information informs decisions to come regarding how and where you set up Lumeta components. It also helps in defining network zones and developing conceptual models that convey salient information to those in various roles visually.

A retailer, for example, stores its customers' credit card information in a protected enclave. That enclave would be an ideal candidate location from which to start. It's a best practice to limit your initial scope to one or two enclaves.

Identify What's Known: Zone & Collector List Types
The final preparatory step is to answer the question, "What do you already know about your network's critical core?" Your technical consultant will work with you to identify this information and embed it in Lumeta. This process entails associating IPs and CIDRs with particular network zones and within that zone, labeling them as  Internal (aka "owned") or Known (aka "familiar").

Here's a preview of what to gather for entering data to Lumeta:

In preparation for discovery, you'll also need to associate collectors with areas to monitor and areas to avoid.  Collectors go to their Targets, drop further interrogation after Avoids, and halt at Stops. The IP/CIDR list defines the coordinates within which discovery activities take place.  At the collector level, scope coordinates are located in the Discovery Spaces tab.  The Lumeta system appends discovered routes and IPs to its internally managed Target list. The Discovery Spaces Target List illustrated here, however, shows only those Targets input manually or imported by system users like you.

Other information you'll need to provide includes: 

At the conclusion of this process, you'll have a clear definition of where you want to send discovery packets and where you don't. You'll know the network segments to which you'll connect your Lumeta, and you'll have enough information to set up a zone and configure Collectors. In brief, you'll have devised a vantage point from which to start observing a segment of your network.

Configure Discovery

Your preliminary discovery configuration will allow you to exercise Lumeta in a small target area of your network to see if it returns the results you expected.

To configure discovery, browse to any location in Lumeta, select Settings from the top navigation bar and use the following procedures to configure users, roles, a zone, and one or more collectors.

Verify Lumeta Results 

Spot-check a few known devices in your network to ensure that the system is producing the results you'd expect.  Specifically, validate the Lumeta can correctly do the following:

Verify Lumeta's view of these devices, profiles, and ports against what you know and expect to find about them, and assess the results.

Are you seeing results you didn't expect to see?
This would not be unusual. The expert services and support of your Solution Architect can be invaluable in interpreting preliminary discovery results and tweaking the configuration.

Possible causes of limited visibility include:

Can you see what you want to see and what you anticipated seeing? That's excellent!
Your successfully configured zone is now running and will continue to run. Lumeta will provide your enterprise with continual awareness (i.e., network situational awareness) about the core infrastructure segment you just successfully configured. That awareness is conveyed in the form of analyses, reports, notifications, and topology maps.

Tune settings 

Continue to add zones that represent other enclaves and other uni-purposed aspects of your infrastructure such as Credit Card Zone, Classified Data Zone, Finance Zone, WiFi Zone, Guest Zone.  

  1. Adjust and tune your configurations as needed to achieve your visibility objectives.
  2. Declare the network baselined.

The end result of this process is a finely tuned, baselined IT infrastructure that is monitored continuously. Your enterprise is positioned to ensure that . . . 

Transactions and controls found to be weak, poorly designed, or poorly implemented can be corrected or replaced sooner rather than later, reducing risk and securing your enterprise network continuously.