The page provides a fluid documentation resource for Dashboard Best Practices within the Qualys suite of products.
Functional Reality & Purpose
All dashboards are not created equal …
AssetView dashboard only contains New, Active and Reopened data - No FIXED data
The new VM Dashboard BETA contains New, Active, Reopened data, and FIXED data
The historical data content is not the same from one application dashboard to another - be sure to specify date/time in queries: lastVmScanDate, lastPcScanDate, lastCheckedIn, firstFound, lastFound
Comparing dashboarding and reporting data is not as cut and dry as you might think - be sure to understand the data, proper query formatting and proper search list use.
Dashboarding - It's all about the plan
|Tiered Reporting||C-Level, VP-Level, D-Level, Manager, Technical SME-Level|
|Lines of Business within your Organization||Corporate, Subsidiary, Divisional, Regional, Branch|
|Infrastructure/Network Segments||Internal/External/DMZ, OnPrem/Cloud, Production, Pre-Production, QA, Test, Development, Sandboxed|
|Technical/Remediation Team structure(s)||Hardware/Software/Out-of-Band (Mgmt XFace), Operating System, Application, Database, Network, Server, Client Endpoint, Wireless, Internal/External/DMZ, Web Apps, Appliance, Physical, Virtual, Domains, etc.|
Dashboarding - Tips for Success
|Dashboards are interactive reports…so there's no need to change the approach between reporting and dashboarding schemas.|
|Align your Dashboard Queries with Client Security policies, standards and guidelines.|
|Engage Dashboard consumers frequently and assess how Dashboards can be best aligned with maintenance processes.|
|Dashboards always collect the most recent scan results; therefore, purging outdated host scan results data is critical.|
|Maintain consistent Widget structure to leverage the 90-day trending option.|
|Dashboard routine should coincide with scanning routine - if you scan weekly, report weekly. (NOW-7D)|
|Take advantage of Qualys API integrations (e.g. Splunk) for need-to-know dashboard management. (RBAC)|
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