Introduction to Custom Metrics
Custom metrics are extremely powerful and can solve a variety of use-cases. This is a brief introduction to the what they are and how one might use them.
What are Custom Metrics?
Custom metrics is a feature built into ThreatConnect that allows you to store and process basic information.
How do Custom Metrics Work?
There are three important aspects of a custom metric:
- Data type: this aspect determines what operation will be performed on incoming data. Some of the available options are: Sum, Count, and Average.
- Interval: this determines how often the data in the custom metric will zeroed. Custom metrics can be reset at many intervals from hourly to yearly.
- Keyed/Non-keyed: this setting allows you to 'group' metrics based on a key. Data within a keyed metric will be stored as key-value pairs. For example, if you wanted to keep a count of the malware sandboxes you have used in a month, you may want to use a keyed metric with the key being the name of the sandbox. You can think of the data in a keyed metric like data in a table with the key as the first column and the value as the second:
The beauty of custom metrics is that they can be easily displayed in visual form on the dashboard.
Use-cases for custom metrics are almost limitless, but here are few examples.
Tracking App Usage
If you are using spaces apps in ThreatConnect, you may want to keep track of which apps your team is using. To do this, you can setup a keyed metric that will keep a count of how many times each spaces app is used.
Custom metrics can be used to validate investments in a variety of ways. For example, one could keep a running count of all data created by a firewall or defensive device. This would allow you to track activity and even compare different devices.
Many systems, like malware analysis engines and scanners, have a daily and/or monthly quota. Custom metrics can help you keep track of quotas. For example, if you have a daily quota of 10 submissions to a system, you could increment a custom metric every time you use a submission. This way if you want to know how many submissions you have used, you can simply check the value of the metric.
API documentation for custom metrics can be found here.