Digital Risk Reporting Best Practices: Top 10 Ways to Build Killer Reports in SearchLight

Digital Risk Reporting Best Practices: Top 10 Ways to Build Killer Reports in SearchLight
Michael Marriott
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June 30, 2020 | 4 Min Read

We all have those days or that time of the quarter where management demands a nice glossy report with the latest insights, themes and recommendations. To them, it paints a nice picture of where the team is at, and helps decide where to focus resources or what needs to be improved. To you, it may send shivers down your back, triggering negative feelings, you may let out a sigh of despair, “Oh, not this again.” Why? Pulling, and then defending, the data is a time consuming and thankless task. The good news is that reporting in SearchLight makes admin even easier, with a built-in reporting tool, which helps individuals aggregate results from Searchlight, more easily. 

In this blog, I wanted to outline some of the top tips for using SearchLight’s dedicated reporting module. 

1. Make It Yours

First and foremost, make the report look like your own companies. Within Report Settings, you can upload your company logo and add colors. You can have different colors for header and footer text, backgrounds, tables, and chart components. Trust me – taking 10 minutes to customize these colors will go a long way!

Company Logo in Report

2. Visualize

Knowing the preferences of the person who will be reading the report is absolutely critical. Some prefer data heavy, some prefer pretty illustrations. If you’re looking for a happy balance, select the “Risk Detection Overview” component. This will break out the total number of sources coveted by Digital Shadows in that time period, as well as the number of times your assets were exposed (your footprint), and the number of alerts you received. Not only does this look cool, but it’s also a great way to reassure bosses of all the sources you are covering. 

Risk Detection Overview

3. Cyber Threats Timeline

If you’re interested in tracking specific actors, or trends by geography, industry, vulnerability, or tactics, you may want to consider selecting the Cyber Threats Timeline component. With this, you can select any Tag and it will display the related intelligence incidents published in the timeframe you specify. In the example below, I selected the “Remote Worker” Tag. 

Remote Worker Associated Incidents

4. Go in Depth

If you like to view data in tables and want to go in depth, fear not. The best component in this case is the Triage Table. You can select from a large number of fields to add as columns, and then further refine your table with the set filtering options. 

Triage Table

5. Track Trends

We all want to know how our attack surface changes over time, and track how this changes over time. With the “Triage summary and trends” component, users can track how many alerts they have received in a given period, and then compare that to a previous period. 

Triage Summary and Trends

6. Asset Labels

In previous blogs, I’ve written about the benefits of adding labels to assets (if you’re unfamiliar check out this video).There are many reasons why you may opt to add labels to assets, and its versatility allows them to be used in many different ways. Probably the most popular use cases are assigning brand, team, or geography labels. 

So, for example, if you wanted to report on all alerts that were raised by assets with the “Team: Legal” label, you could do so. 

Asset label

7. Track Status.

Particularly from a managerial perspective, it’s really useful to see how effective your team has been at triaging alerts. Try selecting the Triage status summary to illustrate what your team has been doing. 

Triage Status Summary

8. Drill down by source domain.

Always remember to use the filters to really refine the report to what you’re interested in. For example, you may be interested in a particular source? In the Domain filter, you can add in this source. You can see below I have filtered by xss[.]is, in order to return all of the intelligence that SearchLight has produced on that particular source. 

Source domain

9. Get it delivered to the right people.

Once you’ve created your report, you can opt for it to be sent to portal and non-portal users. As you can see below, there’s all sorts of options here, including:

  1. Frequency
  2. Time of day
  3. Export formats
Weekly Executive Summary

10. Save time with Preset Reports.

Don’t have time to build reports? No problem. Check out the Preset reports (in purple on the My Reports page). My favorite, and the one I would suggest using, is the Daily Triage Summary. 

Preset Reports

Hopefully these ten tips will get you going with SearchLight’s reporting module. If you’re not a SearchLight customer but are really into reports, fear not! You can actually go and have a whirl yourself in Test Drive:

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