CyberArk Privileged Access Manager Self-Hosted

CyberArk is as established leader in privileged access management. CyberArk offers an Identity Security Platform to secure identities — human and machine — end-to-end. Having fast search across this data set and being able to pivot and correlate with other data sources in Humio gives cyber defense teams an advantage in detecting attacks and completing investigations faster.

The Humio — CyberArk integration and package described here supports both Vault and Privileged Threat Analytics (PTA) logs from CyberArk.

Configure Ingestion to Humio

To ingest logs into Humio CyberArk must be configured to apply a specific log export format so that it sends cef syslog to a customer syslog receiver. From the syslog receiver the CyberArk logs can be written to a local destination and then shipped to Humio with a log shipper. The Humio marketplace package assumes that the log shipper wraps syslog in JSON and uses the Humio HEC ingest API.

If PTA is enabled in CyberArk this method of log collection will cover both Vault and PTA logs.

The flow of logs between CyberArk, customer syslog server and Humio is show below.

Data Flow Between syslog and Humio

Figure 263. Data Flow Between syslog and Humio

Preparations in Humio

You'll need to create a new repository in Humio to hold the CyberArk data. If you're not sure how to do this, see the Create a Repository documentation page.

Once you've created a repository, from that target repository in the Humio Interface, select the Settings tab and then Packages on the left. From there, choose Marketplace and install the Humio Package for CyberArk (i.e., cyberark/vault)

When you select the CyberArk package, it will describe what the package provides and other related information. Of most interest is that it will install the required CyberArk parser. And it will install an overview dashboard that you can edit later to suit your needs.

When it's finished installing, from the CyberArk repository, go to the Settings tab. In the Ingest section, click API Tokens on the left. In the right panel, click + Create Token to create a new token. Be sure to assign it the CyberArk parser. You can see the results of doing this in Figure 2.

Before leaving this page, click the copy icon for the CyberArk token to copy it to your clipboard, or save it temporarily elsewhere.

Now that you have a repository set up in Humio to receive data from CyberArk, you're ready to configure CyberArk.

Configure CyberArk
  1. Configure CyberArk Vault to log to an external IP and format the logs with the default formatter, Syslog\Arcsight.sample.xsl.

  2. Configure the DNS Server on the Vault Server.

  3. Select Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4), and then select properties. Use your syslog server's IP address as the destination in the first box ( in the example below).

  4. Next, open the DBParm.ini file and configure the parameters relevant for syslog. Most importantly, confirm that your configuration file refers to Syslog\Arcsight.sample.xsl for syslog formatting your log output. The configuration file should be written as follows (with your own server and port):

    Example config:

    ini files

    For more detailed instructions please refer to the CyberArk documentation.

Configure a log receiver and log shipper of your choice

With the configurations described above, CyberArk will forward Vault and PTA will forward its logs to your remote log server.

  1. Configure a log receiver, such as rsyslog, to accept remote logs via TCP on port 514 and write these logs to a destination like /var/log/cyberark/vault.log.

  2. Next, configure a log forwarder, like the open-source HEC-Log-Shipper, to forward logs to the HEC raw ingest API of your Humio service. This will be in the format ${HOST}:${PORT}/api/v1/ingest/hec/raw for help on identifying the right endpoint see the Humio documentation on Endpoints.

  3. Use an Authorization HTTP header with the ingest token associated with the CyberArk parser provided with the package. If using the open source HEC-Log-Shipper, use the following configuration:

    ini files
    source_category = folder
    source_location = /var/log/cyberark
    source_type = syslog
    dest_category = api
    dest_type = humio
    dest_url = your_humio_url/api/v1/ingest/hec/raw
    dest_token = [your ingest token here]

    Alternatively, you can use your own log shipper of choice but to be compatible with the Humio marketplace package it should wrap cef syslog in JSON body and send to the Humio HEC raw ingest API.

You should now be seeing CyberArk Vault data arriving in Humio and can see the dashboards start to populate as data arrives and can search the data in Humio.