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The first step in a Secunia CSI deployment is to purchase the licenses (the product is licensed per node). You can contact Secunia directly or through a Managed Service Provider (MSP). Ergo Group (my employer) is the Secunia CSI MSP for Republic of Ireland. Your login details will be sent to you via email.
Connect to the CSI Portal. (You must use Internet Explorer (I'll explain this later). Also some of the functionality requires for IE to be launched as Administrator. Therefore I think it's easier just to do this each time).
Welcome to the CSI Portal.
See the navigation tabs on the portal. Some items are missing from the final solution. Where is "Patching" for example? For now we can only see cloud based items that can be configured (User management, for example). We cannot integrate with Active Directory or WSUS/SCCM at this stage.
So what is the problem? Have a look at the bottom of the IE screen. You will see a reference to the CSI Plugin. This is required to add the functionality to integrate with on premise services. Note that the CSI Plugin is only supported by Internet Explorer. If you use another browser you will be able to log in to the portal but you will not be prompted to install the plugin.
Download and install the CSI Plugin.
It's a very straightforward installation with no trick questions.
After the installation you are prompted to reload the portal page.
Now see the additional items. See "Patching". We will be doing a lot of work using this menu.
Also see where we can now integrate with Active Directory.
One final thing to note here - have a look at the bottom right of the screen and see that the portal version is 7.1. When Secunia upgrade the portal (possibly to 7.2) you will have to download and re-install the Plugin for 7.2. Don't worry though. You won't have to redo any configuration.
Next we will carry out the initial configuration. Until then.......