Veritas NetBackup™ Appliance Security Guide
- About the NetBackup appliance Security Guide
- User authentication
- About user authentication on the NetBackup appliance
- About configuring user authentication
- About user name and password specifications
- User authorization
- Intrusion prevention and intrusion detection systems
- Log files
- Operating system security
- Data security
- Web security
- Network security
- Call Home security
- About AutoSupport
- About Call Home
- About SNMP
- Remote Management Module (RMM) I security
- STIG and FIPS conformance
- Appendix A. Security release content
About Symantec Data Center Security on the NetBackup appliance
In previous appliance releases, Symantec Data Center Security (SDCS) was known as Symantec Critical System Protection (SCSP). As part of the upgrade to NetBackup Appliance 2.7.1 and newer, the appliance SDCS agent is set to unmanaged mode. If an appliance was running in managed mode before upgrade, make sure to reset that appliance back to managed mode after the upgrade completes.
You must also update the appliance IPS and IDS policies on your SDCS management server. You cannot use the older policies to manage an appliance that is running software version 2.7.1 or newer. The new policies can be downloaded from thepage of the NetBackup Appliance Web Console. Also note that any custom rules or support exceptions you might have for the IPS and IDS policies are not available after an upgrade to NetBackup Appliance 2.7.1.
Symantec Data Center Security: Server Advanced (SDCS) is a security solution offered by Symantec to protect servers in data centers. The SDCS software is included on the appliance and is automatically configured during appliance software installation. SDCS offers policy-based protection and helps secure the appliance using host-based intrusion prevention and detection technology. It uses the least-privileged containment approach and also helps security administrators centrally manage multiple appliances in a data center. The SDCS agent runs at startup and enforces the customized NetBackup appliance intrusion prevention system (IPS) and intrusion detection system (IDS) policies. The overall SDCS solution on the appliance provides the following features:
Hardened Linux OS components
Prevents or contains malware from harming the integrity of the underlying host system as a result of OS vulnerabilities.
Tightly limits appliance data access to only those programs and activities that need access, regardless of system privileges.
Hardened appliance stack
Appliance application binaries and configuration settings are locked down such that changes are tightly controlled by the application or trusted programs and scripts.
Expanded detection and audit capabilities
Provides enhanced visibility into important user or system actions to ensure a valid and complete audit trail that addresses compliance regulations (such as PCI) as a compensating control.
Centralized managed mode operations
Lets you use a central SDCS manager for an integrated view of security across multiple appliances as well as any other enterprise systems managed by SDCS.
The SDCS implementation on the appliance can operate in an unmanaged mode or a managed mode. By default, SDCS operates in an unmanaged mode and helps secure the appliance using host-based intrusion prevention and detection technology. The NetBackup appliance is in unmanaged mode, when it is not connected to the SDCS server. In unmanaged mode, you can monitor SDCS events from the NetBackup Appliance Web Console. Use the Monitor > SDCS Events page, to monitor the events logged. The events are monitored using the NetBackup appliance IDS and IPS policies. These policies are automatically applied at the time of initial configuration. Click to filter and view specific events.
In managed mode, the SDCS agent on the appliance continues to protect the appliance while also connecting to an external SDCS server for centralized management and log analysis. In managed mode, the appliance is connected to the SDCS server and the events are monitored using the SDCS management console. Using this mode multiple appliances can be monitored using a single SDCS server. SDCS agents are configured with each NetBackup appliance that are used to send events to the SDCS server.
Figure: SDCS implementation in managed mode illustrates SDCS in managed mode.
To set up managed mode, you can install the SDCS server and management console and then connect the appliance to an SDCS server.
Use Monitor > SDCS Events page to:
Download NetBackup Appliance IPS and IDS policies
Apply these polices using the SDCS management console
Connect the NetBackup appliances with the server
Monitor events for all the NetBackup appliances connected to this server.
Use Monitor > SDCS Events > Connect to SDCS server to:
Add SDCS server details
Download authentication certificate
Connect to the SDCS server
For complete information about the SDCS implementation on the appliance, refer to the NetBackup Appliance Security Guide.