McAfee IDS

McAfee IPS/IDS, or McAfee Network Security Platform, McAfee monitors your network for intrusions and malicious activity.

Before You Begin

McAfee IDS will produce two types of logs: firewall events and IPS events. You must configure McAfee to send only its IPS events to InsightIDR as syslog.

To configure IPS events as syslog:

  1. Enable syslog on the appliance to forward IPS events and alerts. Learn how to do so here: https://docs.mcafee.com/bundle/network-security-platform-9.2.x-product-guide/page/GUID-E4A687B0-FAFB-4170-AC94-1D968A10380F.html
  2. Add a syslog server profile. Learn how to do so here: https://docs.mcafee.com/bundle/network-security-platform-9.2.x-product-guide/page/GUID-8C7F8174-1BFB-4455-B5DD-87921253C4B8.html
  3. Edit the syslog message to be in an acceptable format for InsightIDR. Learn how to do so here: https://docs.mcafee.com/bundle/network-security-platform-9.2.x-product-guide/page/GUID-496EC0F4-BE90-4401-A218-88FD9B72D040.html

The original IPS format looks like this:

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<162>Nov 9 13:01:03 SyslogAlertForwarder: FOW-DMZ-IPS1 detected Outbound attack SNMP: Microsoft V2 Bulk Request ValueList Overflow (severity = High). 10.251.33.35:N/A -> 192.168.83.1:N/A (result = Smart Blocked)
  1. Change the IPS format to look like the following:
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$IV_SENSOR_NAME$ detected $IV_DIRECTION$ attack $IV_ATTACK_NAME$ attack_id $IV_ATTACK_ID$ (severity = $IV_ATTACK_SEVERITY$). $IV_SOURCE_IP$:$IV_SOURCE_PORT$ -> $IV_DESTINATION_IP$:$IV_DESTINATION_PORT$ (result = $IV_RESULT_STATUS$)
  1. Click Save to finalize the customization of your syslog message.

How to Configure This Event Source in InsightIDR

  1. From your dashboard, select Data Collection on the left hand menu.
  2. When the Data Collection page appears, click the Setup Event Source dropdown and choose Add Event Source.
  3. From the “Security Data” section, click the IDS icon. The “Add Event Source” panel appears.
  4. Choose your collector and event source. You can also name your event source if you want.
  5. Choose the timezone that matches the location of your event source logs.
  6. Optionally choose to send unfiltered logs.
  7. Select Listen for Syslog and specify a port and protocol. The default port is 514.
    • Optionally choose to Encrypt the event source if choosing TCP by downloading the Rapid7 Certificate.
  8. Click Save.